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Timothy Adam Hudson

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Tim Hudson was a two-way star at Auburn University where he not only led them on the mound but at the plate as well. He played the outfield when not pitching. While attending Auburn, he majored in health promotion and was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1997.

"Mini Pedro", as his teammates nicknamed him in 2000, had his bullpen lose 20 leads between 2002 and 2005. In 2000, he became only the seventh man to start his career with 20 wins in his first 24 decisions. He was a member of Oakland's Big Three, along with Barry Zito and Mark Mulder.

Hudson moved to the Atlanta Braves on December 16, 2004, being acquired in a trade in return for Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas. He picked up where he had left off in his first season for the team he had grown up rooting for in 2005, winning in double figures with fewer than 10 losses for the 7th straight season. That streak ended in 2006, when he went 13-12 with a 4.86 ERA, the highest of his career. He bounced back in 2007, when he was 16-10, 3.33. He was doing fine early in the 2008 season, as a win on July 23rd improved his record to 11-7, 3.17 in 23 games, but he was shut down by an injury for the remainder of the year and most of 2009. He only came back in September of that year, but showed he was completely recovered, as he made 7 starts the rest of the way, with a record of 2-1, 3.61.

Hudson found a second wind to his career following the injury, as he had one of his very best seasons in 2010, with a record of 17-9, a 2.83 ERA (his lowest since 2003) in 228 2/3 innings, his highest total since his years in Oakland's "Big Three" as well. He followed that with back-to-back 16-win seasons, 16-10 in 2011 and 16-7 in 2012. On April 30, 2013, he recorded the 200th victory of his career in beating the Washington Nationals, 8-1. In a typical performance, he gave up only three hits in seven innings, but he also hit the third homer of his career to mark the special occasion. He was only the third active pitcher to reach the win mark, joining Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte, both of whom retired after the season. His homer came with an assist from Washington LF Bryce Harper, as the ball only cleared the fence after bouncing off Harper's glove and the top of the outfield wall at Turner Field. Remarkably, he was not the first to hit a homer in his 200th win, as Hall of Famer Bob Lemon had done so as well. On July 24th, however, he suffered a gruesome ankle injury in a first-base collision with the New York Mets' Eric Young. He ran to cover first base on a routine play in the 8th but Young accidentally stepped on his ankle, causing a painful fracture and ending his season. The 8-2 win, which improved his record to 8-7, 3.97, was little consolation. After the season, he became a free agent and on November 18th signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants worth a reported $23 million.

Hudson was a winner in his first start for the Giants, pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 2nd and getting credit for the 2-0 win. He went 9-13, 3.57, in 31 starts for San Francisco and was selected to start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. In a coincidental twist, Hudson thus became the starter for the two longest games in postseason history. On October 9, 2005, he started Game 4 of the NLDS for the Atlanta Braves against the Houston Astros. That game went on until Chris Burke homered to end it in the bottom of the 18th inning for a 7-6 Houston win; Hudson gave up 3 runs in 7 innings that day. In his Game 2 start on October 4th, he gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings and the game again went 18 innings, when Brandon Belt homered to give the Giants a 2-1 win. When the Giants won the series in four games, it was the first time in seven postseason appearances that Hudson was on the winning side in a Series: Oakland had lost in the first round each year from 2000 to 2003, and the Braves had lost at the same stage in both 2005 and 2010. He was also a member of the Braves in 2012, when they lost the Wild Card Game, but he did not appear in the game.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 4-time All-Star (2000, 2004, 2010 & 2014)
  • 2010 NL Comeback Player of the Year
  • AL Wins Leader (2000)
  • AL Winning Percentage Leader (2000)
  • 2-time AL Shutouts Leader (2003 & 2004)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 8 (2000-2003, 2007 & 2010-2012)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (2000)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (2000-2003, 2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bob Nightengale: "Hudson, Morse find Giant opportunity", USA Today Sports, June 1, 2014. [1]

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