Colorado Rockies: My (hypothetical) Hall of Fame ballot

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 30: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies stands at first base in the ninth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Reds 9-6. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 30: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies stands at first base in the ninth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Reds 9-6. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Tim Hudson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 1: Tim Hudson #17 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game at AT&T Park on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Tim Hudson

Here’s where I changed from my vote last year. Last year, in my explanation for the FanSided vote, I said that I didn’t think that there were any first-timers this year that were worthy. And, now, I believe that I was wrong. One of those players is Tim Hudson.

58 WAR in his career, 120 ERA+, four-time All-Star, ranked in Cy Young voting four times and three of them were fourth-place finishes or better, ranked in MVP voting once, good postseason pitcher (3.69 in 14 appearances, 13 of which were starts), World Series champion in 2014. Like Walker and Rolen, the main thing that hurt his Hall of Fame chances is just that: being hurt. He only had 30 or more starts in 9 out of his 17 seasons.

Hopefully, he’ll have five or more percent of the vote to remain on the ballot. He’s borderline and I don’t think he’ll get in but he should definitely get a closer look.

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