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Rex Hudler

Utility player
Born: September 2, 1960 (1960-09-02) (age 49)
Tempe, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 9, 1984 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 23, 1998 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average     .261
Home runs     56
Hits     461
Teams

Rex Allen Hudler (born September 2, 1960 in Tempe, Arizona), nicknamed the "Wonder Dog", is a former Major League Baseball utility player. He played a total of thirteen seasons after being a first round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 1978.

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Playing career

He played for 6 different Major League Baseball teams (and will remind one of it at any chance) 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).

He also played for the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League in 1993. Hudler saw playing time in the minor leagues with the Rochester Red Wings of the Triple-A International League in 1986 and 1987. Hudler then saw playing time with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians of the America Association in 1988 as the starting third baseman. During his playing career in Japan, he contributed to the team's back-to-back league championship and its second-ever Japan Series championship since its first title in 1978.

Prior to signing with the Yankees, Hudler was visited by Notre Dame, who hoped that he would suit up for their football team.

Rex actually earned his "Bug-Eater" moniker in St. Louis during a game when he picked up an enormous junebug off his hat and when dared to eat it by his Cardinal teammate, Tom Pagnozzi, got the players the dugout involved and they paid him $800 to eat the junebug.

Broadcasting career

From 1999 through the 2009 season[1]] 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 and 09 for the PlayStation 3 along with Dave Campbell and Matt Vasgersian.

He was suspended briefly from his broadcast job in 2003 after being arrested at Kansas City International Airport for possession of cannabis and medical paraphernalia.[2]

In November 2009 the Angels and FSN West announced they would not renew the contracts of Hudler and Physioc for the 2010 season.[3]

Personal life

Hudler was hospitalized in 2001 with a brain aneurysm.[4]

He is also the president of the non-profit organization Team Up For Down Syndrome, which raises money for public awareness, housing, education, job training, family counseling and health care for those living with Down Syndrome. Hudler and his wife Jennifer have a 10-year old son who was born with the affliction.

He currently lives in Tustin, California.

Rex Hudler quotes

  • "Wax your car today, Mr. Moreno?"
  • "You could put more than a slice of cheese under that one!"
  • "Ham and eggs, roll em' over."
  • "Pilot to Bombardier!"
  • "Be a fountain, not a drain"
  • "He got to go!"
  • "How did I EVER get a job on television??"
  • "Cheese on my knees, broke the dish in two. Blew the pitch on by, wouldn't wanna be you!"
  • "He's getting Figgy with it"
  • “[Zito pitched well] though he has a chance not to win this game.”
  • "Kingfish Salmon went upstream!"
  • "He just keeps fouling them off, waiting for that cookie!"
  • "Another big fly for Big Daddy Vladdy!"
  • "You gotta hack or they'll send you back!"
  • "Vlad's motto is: From his nose to his toes, that's how Vladdy Goes, East and West, Vlad's the best!"
  • "The Angels run and gun and slash and dash."
  • "That there was a worm burner" (In reference to a particularly nasty ground ball)
  • "Boy, did he drop a huge deuce in the stands!" (About a two-run homer)
  • "That's a Screaming Meemie!" (In reference to a fast line drive.)
  • "That bat snapped in two, but it died an Angel hero."
  • "Be patient, young Jedi!"
  • "I used to ride the pine for nine."
  • "That hit was a chop knock"
  • "Why do I always hold a ball? I must be a tool."
  • "Man, that ball was Tattered and Battered!"
  • "He definitely could've gotten a slice of cheese under that hop!" (on Lyle Overbay attempting to snag a ball over his head.)
  • "Right through the wickets!" (on a groundball between the legs)
  • "You better pick up your pencils 'cuz these Angels are going to be laying down the lead today!"
  • "These new kids are young, they've got energy - just give them a PBJ sandwich and they're good to go!"
  • "That's a doinker!"
  • "Light up that Halo!"
  • "All's we need is a knock, a walk, a bloop, and a blast." (when the Angels are more than three runs down in the score)

External links

References

  1. ^ ["Broadcasters" page on Angels website http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/team/broadcasters.jsp?c_id=ana
  2. ^ Associated Press, "Hudler suspended following marijuana arrest", September 4, 2003 http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1609315
  3. ^ [Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times, "Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc no longer Angels broadcasters" http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/11/rex-hudler-steve-physioc-no-longer-angels-broadcasters.html]
  4. ^ St. Petersburg Times, "TV announcer Hudler hospitalized with brain aneurysm", April 9, 2001 http://www.saintpetersburgtimes.com/News/040901/Sports/Baseball_briefs.shtml
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