Phillies 1980’s All-Decade Team: Hall of Fame Legends Lead the Way
Hudson spent the first four of his relatively short seven-year Major League career with the Phillies. As a rookie in 1983, he made 26 starts for the “Wheez Kids”, finishing with an 8-8 record and an ERA of 3.35. He struck out 101 in 169 1/3 innings and allowed only 13 home runs.
The future appeared to be bright for Hudson, although he was never able to match his rookie season success. Although not terrible in 1984, Hudson was quite average, going 9-11 with a 4.04 ERA in 30 starts.
In 1985, Hudson threw a career-best 193 2/3 innings, 122 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 3.78, despite a substandard 8-13 record. In Hudson’s last season with the Phillies, he went 7-10 with a high ERA of 4.94, allowing 165 hits in only 144 innings.
Hudson was traded to the New York Yankees on December 11, 1986, in exchange for Mike Easler and Tom Barrett. After two seasons with the Yankees, Hudson finished his career with the Detroit Tigers, going 1-5 with a 6.35 ERA in 18 games.
Hudson finished his time in Philadelphia with 32 wins, 42 losses and an ERA of 3.98.
Honorable mention: Dick Ruthven, Bruce Ruffin, Larry Christenson