Tim Hudson is sticking with plans to retire after the season


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.