A few years ago, Baseball Digest had an excellent article on "under appreciated" baseball players, like Ken Boyer, Dave Concepcion, and Ted Simmons. The article listed a handful of retired players as well as some current players.
It was nice to see former Oakland Athletic... Mr. Tim Hudson on the list.
His 214 career wins ranks him first among active players... although CC Sabathia is right behind him with 208 wins. He's second behind only Mark Buehrle on the WAR for active pitchers list. During his sixteen seasons in the MLB, he's had thirteen "ten win" seasons and has made four all-star teams. And in a few weeks he'll finally add a World Series ring to his jewelry box.
Unfortunately these accomplishments might land Huddy in the Hall of Very Good along with Tommy John and Jack Morris, but I guess only time will tell.
Regardless of whether or not he gets a plaque in Cooperstown... he'll always have a special place in my collection... right beside Jason Giambi and Barry Zito.
The three of these guys were part of the super talented Athletic teams of the early 2000's... that just fell short of winning a championship. All of these guys along with Mark Mulder, Eric Chavez, and Miguel Tejada might only be Hall of Very Good candidates, but they were a lot of fun to watch.
Thanks Matthew (Mr. Bob Walks the Plank) for the awesome cards and the trip down memory lane. There's a card show next month. I'll keep my eyes peeled for more Pirates for your PC.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!