SAN FRANCISCO—After 17 seasons in the major leagues, SF Giants Pitcher Tim Hudson has announced his plans to officially retire at the end of the 2015 season.
The 40-year-old confirmed the announcement on Tuesday, September 8 after hinting at it the previous season. According to ESPN, Hudson cites his decision to retire on, among other things, wanting to spend more time with his family.
In his most recent start for the Giants on September 8, Hudson helped lead the team to a 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks after allowing just one run through the first six innings. Hudson also hit a solo home-run during the game’s third inning, becoming the first pitcher 40 or over to do so since 2007 and the first Giants pitcher since 1986.
It was Hudson’s first outing since being taken off the team disabled list on September 1.
Hudson has been with the Giants since the team’s World Series-winning 2014 season. Hudson pitched in Game 3 and started Game 7 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. His current 2-year contract, which he signed back on November 2013, is worth $23 million.
The pitcher was drafted back in 1997 as a sixth-round pick of the amateur draft by the Oakland Athletics. He later played with the team until 2004, after which he played for the Atlanta Braves from 2005 to 2013.
Hudson will leave behind a noteworthy career as a major league player.
As it stands, he will retire as the only active pitcher with over 200 career wins as he boasts a 221-132 W-L record. He has retained a 3.49 ERA over 3,112 2/3 total innings and been voted an All-Star four times.
On July 26, 2015, Hudson became the 15th pitcher to record a win against all 30 teams in the American and National leagues.
The Giants are currently on an interleague three-game home stand against the San Diego Padres.