Tim Hudson is a Hall of Famer

Yes, you read that correctly. When he hangs them up, Tim Hudson will go down as one of the best right-handers of his generation. A recent World Series winner, Hudson has never really contended for a Cy Young. He’s finished top-four just three times, the highest being second all the way back in 2000. He’s only made four All-Star Game appearances and has led the league in ERA or WHIP exactly zero times.

So why is he a Hall of Famer? Disclaimer first, that he’s not done pitching yet, so that 214-124 record can definitely still reach 250 career wins. Not that wins are a good measure of a pitcher, but wins above replacement (WAR) certainly are, and at 56.5 WAR, Hudson is ahead of Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Rollie Fingers, Satchel Paige and yes (!) Sandy Koufax. How about ERA+ (ERA adjusted against compatriots)? Hudson stands at 122 ERA+ for his career, tied with Bob Feller and ahead of Don Drysdale and Warren Spahn. He’s pitched over 200 innings eight times, and has only twice had an ERA over 4.00 (and in those two seasons, he was 33-18). Yes, he’s only 1-4 in the postseason, but sports a 3.69 ERA, which isn’t too shabby.

I expect Hudson to reach 250 wins, as, given his repertoire, three more seasons seems feasible. But a Hall of Famer? If I had a vote, I would say yes, absolutely. Not first-ballot, mind you, but certainly worthy of the nod, and will be even more so once he retires.

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~ by Benji on 23 January 2015.

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