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 Notinhalloffame.com.
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 Notinhalloffame.com look forward to see what will be next in the career of Tim Hudson.