Tuesday, July 24, 2012
WSC Birth Years: Orlando Hudson
Born: December 12, 1977
When Brent Morel went down with back issues, the White Sox looked to recently released infielder Orlando Hudson to fill in at third base, a position he had not played at the major league level. The experiment worked well in the short term for the Pale Hose. Orlando came in and immediately contributed both in the field, making fantastic ranging plays, and at the plate, where he brought a spark of life to the dormant position.
His appearances tailed off after another third base acquisition took over his regular duties at third, but Hudson still provides speed and versatility off the bench and another option for spot starts. Orlando has taken his reduced role in stride, choosing to focus on the team as a whole rather than complain about his playing time. Playing on a White Sox team that has been in first place the majority of the time Hudson has been on the team surely makes that decision easier.