Toronto baseball writers honour Halladay

Roy Halladay named Toronto Blue Jays pitcher of the year Tuesday for a seventh time in voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Ace right-hander Roy Halladay extended his club record by being named Blue Jays pitcher of the year for a seventh time Tuesday in voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Second baseman Aaron Hill was named the team's most valuable player and also won the John Cerutti Award, given to a person associated with the day-to-day dealings of Blue Jays baseball who displays goodwill, co-operation and character as exemplified by the late pitcher.

Left-hander Ricky Romero was named rookie of the year while outfielder/designated hitter Adam Lind earned most-improved honours for a second straight season.

Halladay bags the pitching prize for a fifth straight season and the seventh time over the past eight years, a run likely to end soon as the Blue Jays rebuild and he pines for a winner. The 32-year-old led the team in wins (17), innings pitched (239), strikeouts (208) and earned-run average (2.79).

Hill, 27, adds two more accolades to his already memorable season, in which he led all big-league second basemen with 36 home runs and 108 RBIs to earn his first Silver Slugger Award and start for the American League in the all-star game.

Romero, 25, went 13-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 29 games this past season, becoming one of the few starters to deliver consistently behind Halladay.

Lind, 26, also won a Silver Slugger after batting .305 with 35 homers and 114 RBIs. He ranked fifth in the AL in total bases (330), fifth in doubles (46), second in extra-base hits (81), third in RBIs fifth in home runs.