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ATLANTA Following Tuesday's Braves game against the Nationals, there were plenty of questions concerning future opinions, especially those of how baseball voters would view the career of Tim Hudson. The 37-year-old veteran had just won his 200th game in memorable fashion: pitching seven innings of one-run ball to go along with his third career home run.
But how should his career numbers be evaluated?
Is he a Hall of Fame candidate or just a really, really good pitcher with an impressive resume. Judging by last year's class of candidates, none of which got into Cooperstown, it's tough to decide. Though he's never posted a losing season (and remained relatively healthy), Hudson has never won a Cy Young or a World Series. That's a tough hurdle when going against the likes of Jack Morris, Curt Schilling and others still waiting to hear their names called.
Braves Radio Network reporter Kevin McAlpin joins the Chopcast team Zach Dillard, Cory McCartney and Jay Clemons in studio to discuss Hudson, along with all other Atlanta news and notes that come to mind. Here are the highlights:
-- Being the former Phillies reporter, what are some of McAlpin's best memories in Philadelphia and his mentors? Does the city as a whole receive a bad sports rap?
-- What are the bestworst parts about traveling with the team on road trips?
-- If you were a Hall of Fame voter, what else does Tim Hudson need to accomplish to secure your vote for the Hall? Is 250 wins enough? Does he need a World Series win?
-- The offense has struggled of late, with some big names stumbling out of the gate and others dealing with injuries. Does Fredi Gonzalez have an enviable job at the moment with all the moving parts?
-- Who are the prime candidates to fill the Nos. 1 and 2 holes in the short term?
-- Following the Mets series, which comes with its own obstacles, how difficult is the upcoming road trip to Cincinnati, San Francisco and Arizona?
-- With his first-ever home run call (of Justin Upton's 450-foot spring training home run), is there a play-by-play gig in McAlpin's future?
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Late last week I was at my parents' house and my dad was watching a rerun of NCIS/Law & Order/one of his usual Dad Shows, I don't remember. "Deddy, you're watching the wrong channel," I joked. "The Braves are on."
"I thought we didn't get Braves games anymore because we have Dish?"
Well, no. It seems there are some misunderstandings...
ATLANTA This was predictable.
Following two captivating starts to the 2013 season, Braves hitters Justin Upton and Evan Gattis took home National League monthly honors on Thursday. Upton was named N.L. Player of the Month and Gattis was named N.L. Rookie of the Month for their contributions to the Braves' 17-9 April start.
The two newcomers Upton via trade, Gattis via the...
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“Everybody is telling me to take my time,” Heyward told the Atlanta...
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ATLANTA -- Taking three cuts after the Braves' 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Mets Friday at Turner Field.
1. The best just wasn't enough
First it was Eric O'Flaherty, then Craig Kimbrel and then they got to Jordan Walden.
The backbone of a Braves bullpen that, statistically, stands as the best in baseball, allowed runs in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings as the Mets...
Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Francisco exited last
night’s game against the New York Mets due to an ankle injury. The injury has
been diagnosed as a mild ankle sprain, and the Braves are considering Francisco
as day-to-day, according to David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
#Braves Francisco has mild ankle sprain, listed as day-to-day
— David O'...
David Wright hit the tying home run in the ninth inning off closer Craig Kimbrel and the New York Mets scored twice in the 10th to rally for a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
The Mets, who have won two in a row after dropping six in a row, scored four of their first five runs on homers before taking a two-run lead off Jordan Walden (1-1) in the 10th.
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After getting shut out with only two hits...
ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 9-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday (Bring Your Dog To The Park Day at Turner Field), the culmination of a weather-shortened weekend split:
1. Tim Hudson's quest for 250 victories got off to a rollicking start
On Wednesday morning, roughly 12 hours after Hudson became the second pitcher in MLB history to belt a...