Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez believes that when you ask starting pitcher Tim Hudson what he did during his 200th-career major league victory, Hudson will say the most memorable part was that he hit a home run.
Hudson threw seven innings of three-hit baseball to hold the Washington Nationals to one run on Tuesday and earn his third win of the season and 200th of his career. Hudson also hit a home run to right field and a double, driving in a run and scoring twice to propel the Braves to an 8-1 win.
“He’s an overall baller,” said Andrelton Simmons. “He can pitch, he can play defense, he can hit. What else can you want from a guy like that?”
While being able to hit and pitch well seems like an anomaly, that’s always been the case for Hudson who shined in both roles for the Auburn Tigers.
Hudson pitched for Auburn for two seasons, compiling a 20-5 record and striking out 255 batters. He also swung the bat for the Tigers too, although all but 33 of his at-bats came in the 1997 season when he was a full time outfielder and starting pitcher.
During Hudson’s 1997 season he played in all of the teams 65 games. He went 15-2 on the mound with a 2.97 ERA and 165 strikeouts. He also hit .396 and led the team with 108 base hits, banging 18 home runs and 95 RBI.
Hudson did it all on Tuesday for the Braves and also for the Tigers during the 1997 college baseball season.
Hudson earned All-Southeastern Conference and All-American honors in 1997 and was the first person to earn All-SEC honors as both a pitcher and an outfielder in the same year. His All-American nod was as a utility player.
Hudson was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1997 and made his major league debut in 1999. He pitched for five seasons with the A’s and has been hurling in Atlanta with the Braves from 2005.