Many athletes who make public prior to the season their plan to retire after the season eventually change their mind, but Giants right-hander Tim Hudson says he’s not one of them.
Hudson told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:
This is definitely my last year, for sure. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right time for me and my family.
Hudson hit a home run last night, which is a helluva feat for a 40-year-old pitcher, but on the mound he’s mostly been injured and ineffective for the Giants with a 4.51 ERA in 110 innings.
Hudson still throws strikes and induces plenty of ground balls, so he’d no doubt be able to keep playing on a cheap one-year deal as a back-of-the-rotation starter somewhere, but after 17 seasons, four All-Star games, and 3,113 innings of 3.49 ERA pitching it sounds like he’s ready to call it a career.