Tim Hudson started and earned a victory against the Athletics on Sunday afternoon, becoming the 15th pitcher to earn a W against all 30 teams, as MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account notes. Hudson allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and one strikeout in five innings.
Hudson was drafted in the sixth round of the 1997 draft by the Athletics and pitched for them through 2004 after which he was traded to the Braves. He signed with the Giants as a free agent in November 2013.
Hudson had faced the Athletics on two previous occasions but didn’t earn the victory either time. He allowed five runs in five innings against them with the Braves on May 17, 2008 and allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings against them with the Giants on July 10 last season.
The 40-year-old right-hander has a 4.80 ERA on the year with a 1.41 WHIP and a 53/26 K/BB ratio in 101 1/3 innings.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.