Tim Hudson added another award to his 2010 haul on Friday when the veteran pitcher was named Braves Player of the Year, edging Martin Prado in balloting by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Hudson went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 starts and made the National League All-Star team in 2010, after missing all but the final month of the 2009 season recovering from ligament-transplant elbow surgery.
He received 11 of 22 votes cast for the Braves award. Prado got nine votes, and Jason Heyward and Brian McCann got one apiece. Hudson, Prado, Heyward and McCann all made the All-Star team.
Hudson, 35, also won comeback player of the year awards from MLB.com and Players Choice. The right-hander has two seasons left on a three-year, $28 million extension with the Braves, which also includes a $9 million option for a fourth season in 2013.
Ex-catcher Walbeck hired to manage Rome Braves
Former major league catcher Matt Walbeck will manage the Braves’ Class-A Rome affiliate, replacing Paul Runge.
Walbeck, 41, was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Double-A manager the past two seasons, and won Eastern League Manager of the Year honors in 2010.
The Braves hired Walbeck after Runge took a position as minor league field coordinator with the Houston Astros. In November, the Braves announced Runge was moving up to the Rome position after six years managing the rookie-league Danville team.
Runge interviewed for the Astros job at the Winter Meetings in December.
Walbeck played 11 seasons for five major league teams from 1993 to 2003.