MLB Awards 2010: Braves' Tim Hudson Is B/R's NL Comeback Player of the Year

Lewie PollisSenior Analyst IIINovember 2, 2010

MLB Awards 2010: Braves' Tim Hudson Is B/R's NL Comeback Player of the Year

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    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 24:  Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 24, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Every year, managers, coaches and writers from around Major League Baseball award honors and trophies to the players—and every year, they screw up.

    So Bleacher Report's Featured Columnists decided to do it ourselves. Instead of just complaining about the awards as they are announced as we would normally do on our own, we teamed up to hold our own mock awards vote.

    Yesterday, we kicked off Week 2 of our four-week-long results series with our picks for AL Comeback Player of the Year. Today, we look at the veterans from the Senior Circuit who best resurrected their careers in 2010.

    Of the 17 players who received votes, the top five are featured here with commentary from people who chose them. The full list of votes is at the end.

    So read on, see how we did and be sure to let us know what we got wrong!

No. T4: David Wright, Mets

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets in action against the Atlanta Braves during their game on September 18, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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    Featured writer: Jeremiah Graves

    David Wright is a great ballplayer. He’s established himself as one of the finest third-sackers in the game since entering the league. He’s hit for power and average, he’s shown speed on the bases and—once upon a time—he used to flash the leather at the hot corner.

    In 2009, however, Wright fell apart at the seams. He had his worst defensive season as a professional, posted the lowest WAR of his career and watched his vaunted power stroke disappear. All the while, he watched his strikeouts rise and his walks plummet.

    In 2010, Wright managed to right the ship. His power stroke came back, and he once again became a feared middle-of-the-order slugger.

No. T4: R.A. Dickey, Mets

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets celebrates after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on September 14, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Image
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    Featured writer: Robert Knapel

    Dickey was an afterthought when he was signed to a minor league deal this offseason by the Mets. He was coming off a year where he went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA out of the Twins bullpen.

    The Mets sent him to the minors to start off the year. Once he was called up, Dickey posted the seventh lowest ERA in the NL as well as the third lowest walk rate in the NL. Dickey managed to win 11 games for a bad Mets team.

    He was able to epitomize the idea of revitalizing one’s career even as they get older. At age 35, Dickey has finally found success after all the hype of being a first round pick in 1996.

No. 3: Brett Myers, Astros

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 19:  Pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Houston Astros throws against the Cincinnatti Reds in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on September 19, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Featured writer: Brandon Williams

    The Astros’ acquisition of free agent Brett Myers raised barely a blip on the radar in January. After all, no one thought much of a surgically-repaired arm who had run out of favor with the Phillies and was coming off a 2009 season that saw him put up a pedestrian 4-3 mark with a 4.84 ERA.

    Myers got through six innings in his first start and kept the theme up the entire season, getting into the seventh in all 33 of his outings en route to a 14-8 record and a 3.14 ERA to boot.

    He became the anchor of the Houston rotation, and once Roy Oswalt was traded at the deadline, Myers emerged as the undisputed ace—and a solid choice as NL Comeback Player of the Year.

No. 2: Aubrey Huff, Giants

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants at bat while taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra
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    Featured writer: Julian Levine

    After putting up miserable numbers in 2009 (a slash line of .241/.310/.384), Aubrey Huff has had a major comeback season with the Giants.

    He’s played above average defense in left field, right field and first base, but more importantly, he has bounced back offensively: He hit a slash line of .290/.385/.506 this year with a career-best 12.4 percent BB percentage...and for what it’s worth, he was even rather successful on the basepaths, with seven stolen bases in seven attempts.

    Huff’s big numbers have led the Giants to their first postseason berth since 2003.

No. 1: Tim Hudson, Braves

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    ATLANTA - JUNE 28:  Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on June 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Featured writer: Doug Mead

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson is clearly the deserving choice for National League Comeback Player of the Year award. 

    After sitting out almost the entire 2009 season due to Tommy John surgery performed in August 2008, Hudson returned to his pre-injury form in 2010, posting a 17-9 record with a 2.83 ERA, good for sixth in the NL.

    Hudson was clearly the ace of the Braves pitching staff and was selected to the National League All-Star team for the first time.

    Hudson also displayed great durability coming back from major surgery, placing fourth in the NL overall with 228.2 innings pitched.

Full Results

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 10:  Starting pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves pitches slides in the infield after catching a bunt by Jonathan Sanchez #57 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the NLDS of the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Turner Field on
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    Voting on a 5-3-1 basis. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    1. Tim Hudson, Braves—60 (11)

    2. Aubrey Huff, Giants—42 (7)

    3. Brett Myers, Astros—16 (1)

    T4. R.A. Dickey, Mets—15 (2)

    T4. David Wright, Mets—15 (1)

    6. Chris Young, Diamondbacks—12 (1)

    T7. Corey Hart, Brewers—11 

    T7. Rickie Weeks, Brewers—11 (2)

    9. Scott Rolen, Reds—10 

    10. Billy Wagner, Braves—9 (1)

    T11. Pat Burrell, Giants—6

    T11. Kelly Johnson, Diamondbacks—6

    13. Jose Reyes, Mets—5

    14. Roy Oswalt, Astros/Phillies—3

    T15. Omar Infante, Braves—1

    T15. Brad Lidge, Phillies—1

    T15. Edinson Volquez, Reds—1

Schedule of Results

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves is doused by beer during the on-field playoff celebration after the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Braves beat the Phi
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    AL Gold Gloves October 25
    NL Gold Gloves October 26
    AL Silver Sluggers October 27
    NL Silver Sluggers October 28
    AL Comeback Player of the Year November 1
    NL Comeback Player of the Year November 2
    AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year November 3
    NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year November 4
    AL Rookie of the Year November 8
    NL Rookie of the Year November 9
    AL Manager of the Year November 10
    NL Manager of the Year November 11
    AL Cy Young November 15
    NL Cy Young November 16
    AL Most Valuable Player November 17
    NL Most Valuable Player November 18