Is Tim Hudson Hall of Fame Bound?

Tim Hudson made his final start today, taking the loss after allowing three earned runs in 2.1 innings Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Hudson made his final start today, taking the loss after allowing three earned runs in 2.1 innings
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Forty year old Tim Hudson made his 482nd, and final, big league appearance today, capping off his 17 year career. Over those 17 years Hudson made his reputation as a consistent ground ball pitching work-horse. Hudson also, perhaps, was one of the more underrated players in the game. His best years, of course, were in Oakland at the beginning of his career, along side fellow members of "The big three" Barry Zito and Mark Mulder. Hudson burst onto the scene early, going 11-2 with a 3.23 E.R.A. in his rookie campaign. From 1999-2004, Hudson went 92-39 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. In the Oakland years he earned two of his four career All-Star selections, led the league in wins once, and made four trips to the postseason. Prior to the 2005 season, Hudson was traded to the Atlanta Braves, where he stayed until 2013. In that 9 season span, he went 118-72 and made two more postseason trips. After his 2009 season was shortened (2-1 3.61 E.R.A. in seven starts) by Tommy John surgery, Hudson went 17-9 with a 2.83 E.R.A. in 2010, netting his third All-star selection and the NL comback player of the year. On November 18, 2013, the veteran signed on with the San Francisco Giants for two years and $23 million dollars. In his first year with the Giants, Hudson set a franchise record by not walking a single batter in his first 30 2/3 innings; Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians was walked on April 25th, snapping the streak. "Hudy" went 7-6 with a 2.87 E.R.A. in the first half of 2014, and made his fourth and final All-Star game. While only making an appearance in one All-Star game, Hudson made the squad for every team he played for. But what made Hudson's 2014 more special than the All-Star selection, was his final trip to the Playoffs. The Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in seven games in the World Series, in which Hudson made two starts and collected his first World Series ring. Hudson closed out his career in 2015 on a slightly lower note, going 8-9 with a 4.44 E.R.A., one of only two seasons where he had a losing record. Both of his losing seasons were in a Giants uniform. Hudson ends his career with a 222-133 record along with a 3.49 E.R.A., 3,162.2 innings, and 2,080 strikeouts. These are border-line Hall of Fame numbers. Hudson may not get in, and it could be argued he doesn't deserve to be put in. However, research shows equal, and maybe even lesser players have been inducted into the Hall. I believe Tim Hudson deserves to get the call to the Hall one day down the road. It's a very borderline debatable subject and both sides have valid arguments, and only time will tell if he gets the greatest honor in baseball.