Orlando Hudson

Orlando Thill Hudson (born December 12, 1977, in Darlington, South Carolina), nicknamed O-Dog, is a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hudson is renowned for his fielding prowess, known for making spectacular lunging catches and diving stabs at grounders. His defensive talents were recognized in 2005, when he won his first American League Gold Glove Award while with the Toronto Blue Jays. At Darlington High School in Darlington, South Carolina, Hudson was a three-sport standout in baseball, football, and basketball. In baseball, he was the Player of the Year and an All-State selection. In football, Hudson was a quarterback (of Darlington High School's first-ever football team) and a punter. After high school, Hudson went on to play baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College. Hudson was drafted in the 43rd round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in the rookie leagues in 1998, hitting .298. He continued through the minors with the Hagerstown Suns (1999), Dunedin Blue Jays (2000), Tennessee Smokies (2000-01) and Syracuse Sky Chiefs (2001-02). In 2001 he was a
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