Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tim Hudson and Bob Lemon

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CONGRATS to Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson who notched his 200th career victory with an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals on April 30. Not only was Hudson's 200th win a strong pitching performance (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) but he also helped himself with the bat, going 2 for 3 with a home run and an RBI.

As for the milestone, Hudson became the 113th pitcher in major-league history to win 200 games. But, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became only the second in that group to also hit a home run in the game where he notched his 200th win. Prior to Hudson, only Cleveland Indians hall-of-famer Bob Lemon had homered in his 200th-win game. Lemon's milestone came on September 11, 1956.

Lemon would finish his career with a 207-128 record and a 3.23 career ERA and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. No doubt that by joining the 200-win club puts Hudson one step closer to joining Lemon in Cooperstown.

Earlier this season, the Philadelphia Phillies' ace Roy Halladay (201 wins) entered the 200-win club and sometime later this season the New York Yankees' ace CC Sabathia (195 wins) will no doubt enter the club also. 

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