RHP 1999- Athletics, Braves
Stats through the 2003 season
Promoted in June 1999 to replace the ineffective Tom Candiotti, Hudson was showered with beer after his first victory and paced the A's late-season surge by winning 11 of 13 decisions down the stretch. Drawing comparisons to a young Greg Maddux, the undersized righty turned in a twenty-win season in 2000 using four pitches -- a fastball, a splitter, a slider, and a change-up he picked up from pitching coach Rick Peterson in the minors. "The guy making the popcorn could be [his] pitching coach," said Peterson, awed by to Hudson's short learning curve. (JGR)
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|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 3, 1997:
The Mariners, picking 19th, take Ryan Anderson, nicknamed "Big Unit II," dashing the Tigers hopes of taking the 6' 10" high school pitcher from Westland, MI. With the next pick, the Cardinals take Adam Kennedy, from Cal State Northridge. Kennedy led the nation in hits for the second consecutive season, the first time an NCAA player to do so. The Yankees gamble at #24, picking high school star Tyrell Godwin, of Elizabethtown, NC. A two-sport athlete, Godwin is committed to North Carolina to play football. The Padres (#27) pick Stetson SS Kevin Nicholson, the MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer. He is the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round. The Athletics appear to have the best draft with Tim Hudson (6th round), Eric DuBose (1st), Chad Harville (2nd), Robert Vaz (7th). Nathan Haynes is selected on round one but will be traded to the Angels for Randy Velarde.
» June 8, 1999:
The Padres defeat the Athletics, 5-3, spoiling the major league debut of Oakland hurler, Tim Hudson. Hudson fans 11 batters in only five innings of work, as he falls one shy of the American League record for most strikeouts in a pitcher's 1st game. The rookie surrenders three runs on seven hits and leaves the game with a no decision.
» July 10, 1999:
Was it something I said, fellas? For his 4th loss in a row, the Diamondbacks fail to score for Randy Johnson, this time falling 2–0 to Tim Hudson and the Oakland A's.
» April 15, 2000:
Pedro Martinez (7 IP, five H, two R/ER, one BB, nine SO) paces the Red Sox to a 14–2 win over the A's Tim Hudson. Carl Everett had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. Three sons of former major-league umpires work the game: Jerry (son of Shag) Crawford, Mike (son of Lou) DiMuro and Brian (son of Tom) Gorman.
» August 28, 2000: The Athletics defeat the White Sox, 3-0, as Tim Hudson hurls a 1-hitter. Frank Thomas' 4th inning single is the only hit.
» August 3, 2001: Oakland edges the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, on Jason Giambi's 9th inning solo homer. The win goes to Tim Hudson who outduels Tiger ace Jeff Weaver. The A's collect only four hits, with Giambi's blast completing a team cycle— Terrence Long has a triple, Johnny Damon a double, Jeremy Giambi has a single, and Jason Giambi the home run.
» October 11, 2001:
The A's take the 2nd game of their series with the Yankees, 2-0, behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Ron Gant homers for the A's, who escape a two-on, nobody-out threat by the Yankees in the 9th.