ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03: Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on October 3 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. The Braves beat the Phillies 8-7. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Just over a year ago, Tim Hudson returned to the mound with a great deal of uncertainty. A week ago he was making his second start in five days en route to his 17th win of a remarkable comeback season. Hudson hasn't won 17 games since he won 18 in 2001. He hasn't thrown this many innings (228.2) since his second to last year in Oakland, and his ERA has not been this low since 2003.
Hudson is truly deserving of the Comeback Player Of The Year award, as he emerged once again as the ace of the Braves starting pitching staff.
Interestingly the MLB Comeback Player Of The Year award has only been around since 2005 as an official "MLB" award. The Sporting News also gives out a Comeback Player Of The Year award.