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Tim Hudson: Comeback Player of the Year

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Just announced on the @MLB Twitter account! RT @MLB: Congrats to @Braves RHP Tim Hudson & @Twins LHP Francisco Liriano - recipients of 2010 MLB Comeback Player of the Year Awards. Both players definitely deserve their awards, as they've come back from Tommy John surgery to be two of the best pitchers in their respective leagues this year. But let's talk about Hudson for a little bit, not that we haven't already a lot this season. After blowing his elbow out in July 2008, Hudson returned to the Braves rotation last September and threw 42 1/3 innings of 3.61 ERA ball, striking out 30 and walking 13. No one really knew what to expect from Hudson in 2010, and he absolutely blew people out of the water with his performance on the season: 228 2/3 innings pitched (highest total since 2003), 139 strikeouts, 74 walks, 20 homers allowed, and most impressively, an obscene 64.1% groundball rate. Hudson showed signs of keeping the ball on the ground when he returned in 2009, posting a GB rate of 62.2%, which was a career high, but no one expected something like this from him. FIP wasn't kind to Hudson due to his low strikeout total and average walk total, but he still managed to deliver on the big stage. Congratulations Tim!

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