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Rex Allan Hudler (born September 2, 1960) is an American former Major League Baseball utility player and color commentator for the Kansas City Royals. He played a total of fourteen seasons after being a first round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 1978.[1]

Rex Hudler
1982 Nashville Rex Hudler.jpg
Hudler with the Nashville Sounds in 1982
Utility player
Born: (1960-09-02) September 2, 1960 (age 59)
Tempe, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 9, 1984, for the New York Yankees
NPB: April 10, 1993, for the Yakult Swallows
Last appearance
MLB: June 23, 1998, for the Philadelphia Phillies
NPB: November 1, 1993, for the Yakult Swallows
MLB statistics
Batting average.261
Home runs56
Runs batted in169
Teams

Playing careerEdit

Hudler played for six different Major League Baseball teams, and at every position except pitcher and catcher throughout his career: the New York Yankees (1984–1985), Baltimore Orioles (1986), Montreal Expos (1988–1990), St. Louis Cardinals (1990–1992), California Angels (1994–1996), and Philadelphia Phillies (1997–1998).[1] He also played for the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League in 1993, contributing to the team's Japan Series championship.[2]

A 1978 graduate of Bullard High School (Fresno, California), Hudler played baseball, soccer and football, earning first-team All-America honors as a wide receiver. Prior to signing with the Yankees, Hudler was visited by Notre Dame, which hoped that he would suit up for their football team.

Hudler saw playing time in the minor leagues with the Rochester Red Wings of the Triple-A International League in 1986 and 1987. He then saw playing time with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians of the American Association in 1988 as the starting third baseman.

Hudler earned his "Bug-Eater" moniker in St. Louis, when during a game he picked up an enormous June bug off his cap; when dared to eat it by Cardinals teammate Tom Pagnozzi, Hudler got the players in the dugout involved and they paid him $800 to eat the bug (which he did).[3]

Hudler was a 1999 inductee into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame.

Broadcasting careerEdit

From 1999 through the 2009 season[4] Hudler was the color commentator for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim radio and television broadcasting team, alongside play-by-play announcers Steve Physioc, Rory Markas, and Terry Smith. He is also the color commentator for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable games MLB 06: The Show, 07, 08, 09, 10, and 11 and is also featured in 10 for the PlayStation 3 along with Dave Campbell and Matt Vasgersian. For the 2011 edition on the PlayStation 3, he was replaced by Eric Karros. He also provided color commentary, with ESPN's Jon Miller on play-by-play, for the 2004 Xbox and PlayStation 2 title ESPN Major League Baseball.

Hudler was suspended briefly from his broadcast job in 2003 after being arrested at Kansas City International Airport for possession of cannabis and medical paraphernalia.[5]

In November 2009 the Angels and FSN West announced they would not renew the contracts of Hudler and Physioc for the 2010 season.[6]

In October 2010 Hudler began a low-rated Saturday afternoon program, The Wonder Dog Hour, on Angels flagship station KLAA, 830 AM in Orange, California.

On February 13, 2012, he was announced as the new television color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, teaming up with Ryan Lefebvre and his old partner Steve Physioc.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Hudler was hospitalized in 2001 with a brain aneurysm.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rex Hudler Stats". Baseball Reference.
  2. ^ Kroncke, Johnathan (May 4, 2009). "Rex Hudler: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Angels". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Olson, Greg; Palmer, Ocean (March 1, 2012). We Got to Play Baseball: 60 Stories from Men Who Played the Game. Strategic Book Publishing. p. 95. ISBN 1618979833.
  4. ^ Pucin, Diane (November 25, 2009). "Angels oust Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Hudler suspended following marijuana arrest". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 4, 2003. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  6. ^ Pucin, Diane (November 24, 2009). "Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc no longer Angels broadcasters". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  7. ^ Youngman, Randy (February 13, 2012). "Ex-Angel Hudler joins K.C. Royals TV booth". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  8. ^ St. Petersburg Times, "TV announcer Hudler hospitalized with brain aneurysm", April 9, 2001 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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