I was going to skip Tim Hudson, and then I noticed that his career is quite similar to Mark Buehrle. Tim has a few more wins, a few less losses, not the same streak of 200 inning season, but he has 8 200+ inning seasons.
He has 36 less career starts and 160ish less innings, but a better ERA (3.49 compared to Marks 3.81). Buehrle is slightly ahead in bWAR (59.1 compared to 57.9).
Hudson came up to the majors in 1999, putting up a 11-2 record and a 3.23 ERA, finishing 5th in Rookie of the Year voting. The next season he went 20-6 with a 4.14 ERA. He finished 2nd in Cy Young voting, 15th in MLB voting and made his first All-Star team.
He was part of the ‘Big Three’ starters for the Moneyball Oakland A’s (yeah, the pitchers weren’t mentioned much in the movie). In 6 seasons he had a 92-39 record for the A’s and pitched in the playoffs four straight years.
Billy Beane traded him to the Braves after the 2004 season for 3 guys no one remembers. In 7 seasons with the Braves he had a 113-72 record, 3.56 ERA in 243 starts and pitched in the playoffs two more times.
His last two seasons were spent with the Giants, where he finally earned a World Series ring.
In total, 17 seasons, 222-133 ERA in 482 games, 479 starts. He had a couple of years where he missed a few starts to injuries. He pitched over 175 innings in 12 seasons. He made 4 All-Star teams and had Cy Young votes in 4 seasons.
I’d like him to clear thee 5% hurdle so we get to continue to to
Would you vote Tim Hudson into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
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