While much of the attention was paid to Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens on Tuesday, the release of the Hall of Fame voting results ended up being more significant for Tim Hudson than most.
Hudson received 21 of 401 votes in his first year on the ballot, or 5.2 percent. Players need to receive at least five percent of the vote to stay on the ballot for another year and Hudson made it by one vote. Another former Giants pitcher, Barry Zito, received just one vote and will not be on the ballot next year.
Hudson and Zito were part of a group of 11 newcomers to the ballot, with Mark Buehrle doing the best at 11 percent. The group also included former A's Nick Swisher and Dan Haren, who did not receive votes. A.J. Burnett, Michael Cuddyer and Shane Victorino were also shut out.
Of the former local stars, Hudson had by far the best chance at gaining traction. He spent the first seven seasons of his career in Oakland and won his only title in 2014 with the Giants, also making the All-Star team that season. Hudson was a four-time All-Star and finished in the top six in Cy Young voting four times. He had a 3.49 ERA and won 222 games, which is 76th all-time.
There will be no players included in the Class of 2021. Curt Schilling finished the closest to the 75 percent threshold at 71.1 percent. Barry Bonds once again fell short and now has just one more year on the ballot.
This was the first time in eight years that the BBWAA did not elect a player, and only Schilling got close. Former Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel is at 49.1 percent and former second baseman Jeff Kent is at 32.4 percent.