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Tim Hudson to retire. HOFer?

Tim Hudson has quietly announced that he will be retiring at this year’s baseball season. 

The 40 year old San Francisco Giants Pitcher cited that “it was time” and he is currently holds the most Wins (222) of any active Pitcher.  Hudson balances that out with only 132 Losses and currently has well over 2,000 career Strikeouts with a healthy 57.4 career bWAR.

Hudson broke in with the Oakland Athletics in 1999 and would have a very productive year in 2000 where he went 20 and 6, leading the American League in Wins and was the runner up for the Cy Young.  He would continue to be a large part of the A’s success for the next few years and while he was not necessarily considered the elite, he was considered consistent and a high level second tier Pitcher. 

Following his run in Oakland, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2005 season.  Hudson would have some injury issues, but would rebound in 2009 and make his third All Star game. 

Two years ago, Hudson signed with the San Francisco Giants and would make history as the oldest Pitcher to start a game in the World Series.  He would also earn his first and only World Series Ring.

The impending retirement of Hudson raises the usual Hall of Fame question and if he is to get inducted it would have to be based on his strong bWAR, which is currently 66th overall for Pitchers and is higher than many existing Hall of Famers. 

Hudson will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021 and will be added when he add that section on

In our eyes, Tim Hudson is a borderline Hall of Famer (perhaps closer to the wrong side) but will likely be on the Notinhalloffame Baseball list.

We here at look forward to see what will be next in the career of Tim Hudson. 

Barry Zito officially retires

This week, Pitcher, Barry Zito announced his retirement through a statement in the Baseball Tribune.  Below is a quote from his retirement speech that sums up his career perfectly:

"My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows.  I've been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I've started Game 1 of a World Series in one year, and I've been left off of a postseason roster in another. I've been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I've been praised as a savior and deemed a curse."

Pretty self-aware wouldn’t you say?

Over his fourteen year career, Zito spent it all in the Bay Area dividing his time between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.  Zito was a three time All Star who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2002.  He finishes his career with a 165 and 143 record with 1,885 Strikeouts and a bWAR of 33.5. 

Early in his career, Zito seemed to be on a Hall of Fame path, but realistically he will struggle to get more than ten votes and will be a one and done player. 

Still, anytime a former Cy Young winner announces his retirement it is big news and we here at wish Barry Zito the best in his post-baseball career.

Bill King to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame

We have another entrant in to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Annually, the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award gains entry into Cooperstown.  This year, it is the late Bill King, who was the voice of the Oakland Athletics for years. 

King, who had been a finalist six times, also served as the play-by-play voice for the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors.  Basically, he was the voice of the city of Oakland. 

The Athletics job was his third major role in the city, taking over the full radio broadcasting duties in 1981.  It was his voice that called the A’s World Series win in 1988 and his “Holy Toledo” catch phrase rang throughout the Bay Area. 

This is a posthumous induction as King passed away in 2005.
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