Hudson falls from HOF ballot in 2nd year

January 26th, 2022

Tim Hudson did not receive the push he was looking for in his second year of eligibility for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The former A’s right-hander was knocked off the ballot completely after results of the voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America were announced on MLB Network on Tuesday night. Hudson received 12 of a possible 394 votes, making him one of 11 players who finished below the threshold of 5 percent needed to remain eligible for the 2023 ballot.

The lone player with A’s ties on this year’s ballot, Hudson did have some career achievements that helped him stay eligible last year, when he received a total of 21 out of a possible for 401 votes. He notched a victory against all 30 clubs over his 17-year career, making him one of just 19 players in Major League history to accomplish that feat.

It was Hudson’s six years with the A’s -- beginning with his rookie campaign in 1999 -- that saw him establish himself as one of the game’s elite pitchers. Across those six seasons with Oakland, the right-hander went 92-39 with a 3.30 ERA, led the AL in wins (20) in 2000, earned two All-Star selections and finished among the top four in AL Cy Young Award voting twice.

Going on to play for the Braves and Giants, Hudson finished at 222-133 with a 3.49 ERA across 17 seasons and helped San Francisco capture a World Series title in 2014. Those numbers compared similarly to Curt Schilling, who received 231 votes and also fell off the ballot in what was his final year of eligibility after going 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA across 20 big league seasons.

David Ortiz was the lone player from the 2022 ballot elected to the Hall of Fame. "Big Papi" will join Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva and Buck O’Neil -- all of whom were elected in December by two committees -- as inductees to the Hall of Fame during a July 24 ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.