Dave Hudgens
Dave Hudgens on April 5, 2012.jpg
Hudgens as coach for the New York Mets in 2012.
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 19
First baseman / Hitting coach / Hitting strategist / Bench coach
Born: (1956-12-05) December 5, 1956 (age 65)
Oroville, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 4, 1983, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1983, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.143
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

David Mark Hudgens (born December 5, 1956) is an American former professional baseball first baseman, who is currently the MLB hitting strategist for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).[1]

Playing career

Hudgens was selected by the New York Mets in the first round of the 1975 MLB Draft, and later by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 18th round of the 1977 MLB Draft. He did not sign either time, and instead chose to attend Arizona State University. He appeared in two College World Series during his four years with the Sun Devils. In his college career, he posted a .313 batting average with 16 home runs and 135 runs batted in. After graduating, Hudgens played for the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians in their minor league systems in a span of six seasons from 1979–1984, while appearing in six games with the Athletics in 1983.[citation needed]

Coaching career

After retiring from playing baseball, Hudgens managed four years in Oakland's minor league system from 1985-1988 for the Medford A's and Pocatello A's. He was hired by Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane. He also managed winter ball for the Leones del Caracas club of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, posting a record of 35-28 during the winter of 2009. He then returned to manage the Leones in 2014, but was dismissed in the middle of the season.[2]

In between, Hudgens served as hitting coach for the New York Mets from 2011 to 2014. He was released in May 2014 following a Mets' loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.[3]

Before the 2015 season, Hudgens was hired by the Houston Astros to be their hitting coach under new manager A. J. Hinch.[4] In 2017, the Astros won the World Series.[5] Three years later, it was revealed in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal that the team had cheated during its championship season. Hudgens subsequently apologized for his role in the scandal.[6]

On November 7, 2018, Hudgens was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays to become their bench coach under new manager Charlie Montoyo.[7] On March 13, 2022, the Blue Jays announced that Hudgens would serve in a new role as the club's hitting strategist.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Jays hire Hudgens as bench coach". TSN. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ Dave Hudgens fue relevado de su cargo como manager de los Leones del Caracas. Noticias24.com (Spanish). Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mets fire hitting coach Hudgens after loss". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 26, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Astros hire former Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens. SBNation.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  5. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Lott, John. "Dave Hudgens knew why the Astros were banging trash cans. He let it go on. Now he says he's sorry". theathletic.com. February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Adams, Steve. "Blue Jays Hire Dave Hudgens As Bench Coach". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ Matheson, Keegan. "Blue Jays return '21 coaching staff, bolster leadership with additional roles". MLB. Retrieved 16 March 2022.