ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves announced the induction of former Auburn great and 17-year MLB veteran Tim Hudson into the organization’s Hall of Fame Thursday morning.
Hudson will be joined by broadcasting great Joe Simpson as the 32nd and 33rd members of the Braves Hall of Fame. The two will be inducted during a ceremony held at the Coca-Cola Roxy in the Battery Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 27.
During his nine seasons in a Braves uniform, Hudson ranked ninth in wins, 17th in innings pitched and 30th in wins above replacement among qualified major-league pitchers. His .611 win percentage is the third-best mark in Braves history and he ranks fifth on the organization’s leaderboard in wins (113), ERA (3.56), strikeouts (997) and innings pitched (1,573.0). Per the team’s release, the right-hander is one of only 21 pitchers in MLB history to win at least 200 games, post 2,000 strikeouts and have a .600-or-higher career winning percentage.
During his Auburn career, Hudson earned SEC Player of the Year, First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC honors. He turned in the best two-way season in Auburn history in his final year with the Tigers and helped lead the team to the College World Series. The Columbus, Ga., native posted a 15-2 record with a 2.97 ERA and 165 strikeouts on the mound while also hitting .396 with 18 home runs and 95 RBI at the plate. Hudson led the NCAA in wins while his strikeout total was also the highest in the SEC. Additionally, his wins, ERA and RBI numbers are second in single-season program history.
Following his Auburn career, Hudson was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 1997 MLB Draft and went on to spend 17 years in the MLB with Oakland (1999-2004), Atlanta (2005-13) and San Francisco (2014-15). He posted a 222-133 career record with a 3.49 ERA, was a four-time MLB All-Star and won a World Series. Hudson also finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year race in 1999, placed in the top six of Cy Young voting on four occasions and was named the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year with Atlanta.