Hudson started his career as part of the “Big 3” pitching rotation alongside Barry Zito and Mark Mulder for the Oakland Athletics—and he was the standout of that group. A few years after leading the American League in wins, the A’s traded Hudson to the Atlanta Braves, where he continued to perform like one of the best pitchers in baseball. In August 2008, Hudson injured his elbow and needed to undergo Tommy John surgery—but because he was 32, many wondered if the Auburn University product would be the same pitcher after the procedure. Astonishingly, Hudson turned out to be even better, finishing fourth in the Cy Young voting and winning NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2010. Hudson won a World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2014 and retired the following year.
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