Given budgetary constraints, the Braves may take a pass on re-signing potential Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Hudson, which I personally think would just be a damn shame. Yeah, I know, he is likely close to the end of his effectiveness as a top of the rotation starting pitcher for a championship level MLB team and things like veteran presence, leadership, sterling character, true grit, and other such "intangibles" are unsabermetric. My take is nonetheless the Braves most definitely need him and should pay to keep him, and will be a better team if they do so. In this regard, once again, I happen believe in intangibles. (We should all believe in something.) Grab a gun and shoot me dead, but I do.
That, however, ain’t what this fanpost is about.
Instead, tonight, at Game 3 of the World Series, Huddy will hopefully be joining other great Braves - namely, Phil Niekro (1980), Dale Murphy (1988), and John Smoltz (2005) - as an honored recipient of the very highly prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
This Award - which according to Commish Bud Selig is "[MLB’s] most prestigious off-field award" – is bestowed annually upon the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team". Link
Not to take anything away from any of the other nominees and their humanitarianism, my thing is Huddy should have by rights already been a Winner of this highly prestigious Award, at least once, if not multiple times. I give you as Exhibit 1: This is the astounding and incredible 11th (eleventh!!) time he has been nominated, including seven of the last eight years. Link
What the heck, I will say MLB should establish a lifetime award for the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", and it should be named the Tim Hudson Award.
But don’t take my word for it. Oh, Flipping Noooo.
Decide for yourself. Just please take a few precious minutes and go now and take a good look around the highly informative and stellar Hudson Family Foundation website.
Personally, I really liked this testimonial:
Dear Hudson Family Foundation, THANKS SO MUCH!!! You'll never know what a burden your Foundation lifted from my shoulders. There are no words to express my heart felt gratitude for everything you have done. I know we have guardian angels watching over us, but you are our guardian angels on earth. Blessings, ~Marie, Joseph, Braden and Isabella
Note also that they are looking for volunteers and accept donations.