Tony Hudson

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Anthony Lamont Hudson

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Biographical information[edit]

Tony Hudson was a pitcher who is most notable for winning the 1979 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a sophomore at California State University, Fullerton. He is one of five players from California State University, Fullerton to win that award. The others are John Fishel, Phil Nevin, Mark Kotsay and Jason Windsor.

In 1979, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round, however he chose not to sign. However, when he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round of the 1980 amateur draft, he did sign. He played professionally until 1988, however he never reached the majors. During his professional career, he was mostly used as a relief pitcher.

In 1980, he played for the Tulsa Drillers, appearing in 14 games (13 starts), and going 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA. He played for both Tulsa and the Asheville Tourists in 1981, going 2-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 16 games (six starts) for the Tourists and 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in six games (all starts) for the Drillers.

He spent the 1982 season with the Denver Bears and Burlington Rangers. He appeared in only two games for the Bears, going 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA. For the Rangers, he made 43 relief appearances, going 6-1 with 10 saves and a 1.92 ERA. He allowed 55 hits in 70 1/3 innings.

Splitting the 1983 season between the Bears and Drillers, Hudson went 5-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 23 games for the Bears. In 29 games for the Drillers, he went 2-3 with a 7.20 ERA. He spent 1984 with the Salem Redbirds, going 7-5 with 6 saves and a 3.71 ERA in 39 games (nine starts).

Back with Tulsa in 1985, Hudson went 8-4 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 51 games. After being taken in the AAA phase of the 1985 Rule V Draft, he pitched the final two seasons of his professional career in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. In 1986, he played for the Syracuse Chiefs and Knoxville Blue Jays. He went 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 28 games with the Chiefs and 2-1 with 8 saves and a 2.12 ERA in 23 games with the Blue Jays. He wrapped up his US career in 1987, playing for the Syracuse Chiefs again. He went 5-5 with a save and a 4.59 ERA in 40 games that season.

Hudson finished his career in the Mexican League in 1988, going 0-2 with a 14.09 ERA in 3 games for the Rieleros de Aguascalientes, allowing 11 hits (3 homers) and 5 walks in 7 2/3 IP.