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Tim Hudson Wins N.L. Comeback Player Of The Year

The Braves ace, Tim Hudson, has officially been awarded the Comeback Player of the Year in the National League. Hudson tore an elbow ligament in August of 2008 which forced him to miss all but seven starts in 2009. This season, Hudson came back in full force, leading the Atlanta Braves to the playoffs with a tremendous season.

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Hudson recored a 2.83 ERA over 228.2 innings pitched. He went 17-9 with the highest ground ball percentage in the Major Leagues at 64.1 percent. In addition to that, his fastball was rated the most effective in baseball -- even better than Ubaldo Jimenez and Cliff Lee -- by the Fangraphs metric "wFB."

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This was truly a terrific season for Hudson. He made the All-Star team, was the best pitcher on this team for most of the season, and helped get the team to the playoffs on the season's final day. Congratulations to Tim Hudson.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.