Hudson wins Braves Player of Year award

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.

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me

January 7th, 2011
2:07 pm

kdbanks01

January 7th, 2011
2:15 pm

Thank God we resigned him instead of being scared off by injuries. Kudos to Wren.

Just Pat

January 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

Well deserved! Congrats, Tim.

What???

January 7th, 2011
2:49 pm

What were Javier Vazquez’s numbers with NY? Think we got the best of that deal.

GovClintonTyree

January 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

Signing Hudson and dealing Vazquez looks brilliant now, but it was not exactly a popular choice when Frank made it.

Excellent job, Frank Wren.

Now, extend Frank Wren for gosh sakes!

Mcmann

January 7th, 2011
6:33 pm

Maybe throw out a one year deal to Soriano and invite Mat Murton to ST then we’re good. BTW HEYWARD FOR MVP.

Fourbee

January 8th, 2011
2:03 pm

Wasn’t Paul Runge an MLB umpire? Or was that another Paul Runge? It doesn’t seem like there could be 2 Paul Runges!

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2011
2:58 pm

Wasn’t Paul Runge an MLB umpire? Or was that another Paul Runge? It doesn’t seem like there could be 2 Paul Runges! — Fourbee

Yes, two different Paul Runges.

hAL

January 8th, 2011
6:08 pm

and the savior the future of the franchise got one vot one count it lol the guy everyone but wren had givin up on went 17-9 while the other blog fav went 2 and 11 or sum such for the american league east champs yea this blog has some baseballl experts well actually one sonny clusters has a clu and even when he dosent hes at least funny the rest are funny but not in a ha ha way haystack w will be even more mediocure this year bank it lol

Playoffs!!!!

January 9th, 2011
9:23 am

Omar Infante should have gotten some consideration,and a few votes at least. He’s my Braves’ Player of the Year. He played everywhere he was asked, and had a great year. Not one vote.

David O'Brien

January 9th, 2011
1:07 pm

Omar Infante should have gotten some consideration,and a few votes at least. He’s my Braves’ Player of the Year. He played everywhere he was asked, and had a great year. Not one vote. — Playoffs!!!

We did not rank a top 3 or top 10 on ballots the way BBWAA members do when voting for national awards (top 10 for league MVP, top three for other awards). We merely vote on one player as our player of the year. So for Infante to get votes, those voters would’ve had to believe he was more valuable to Braves than Hudson, Prado and the other two who got votes, Heyward and McCann. Obviously, none of the 22 voters believed that Omar was the No. 1 most valuable player on the Braves this season. That’s all. We didn’t have option of voting him second, third or whatever on a ballot. Can only vote on one player.

go hudson

January 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

thank you hudson for a great yr. u were just amazing!! now i will c u earning cy young award next season

Mark (another one)

January 10th, 2011
12:35 pm

Thank’s for the voting explanation. I was wondering as well. If Chipper eligible for Comeback Player of the year this coming year?

David O'Brien

January 10th, 2011
12:43 pm

Thanks for the voting explanation. I was wondering as well, is Chipper eligible for Comeback Player of the year this coming year? — Mark (another one)

There are no real rules for Comeback Player of the Year. There are a couple of those awards presented, and voters kind of use their own interpretation. There have been years where there wasn’t a great performance by someone coming back from actual injury, in which some voters have gone with a player just coming back from a bad year (which, to me, is ridiculous). There aren’t rules for how much of a season a player missed, etc.

So yes, Chipper would be eligible for the award, and I’m sure would be a leading candidate if he were to make a strong comeback.

AdirondackDave

January 11th, 2011
9:38 am

Seems to me that I remember this Paul Runge is the son of the umpire Paul Runge. Could be wrong about that though.

tommy

January 11th, 2011
5:48 pm

Paul Runge was the son of Ed Runge the major league umpire. Paul played in the Braves system for many years.

David O'Brien

January 11th, 2011
6:00 pm

Tommy, it’s two different Paul Runges. Umpire Paul Runge is the son of umpire Ed Runge. The other Paul Runge played for the Braves and managed in their minor league system before recently taking job with Astros as minor league field coordinator.

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