An All-Star Story
“The Baseball Player”
Orlando Thill Hudson (born December 12, 1977 in Darlington, South Carolina) graduated from Darlington High School where he played baseball, basketball and football and was selected as Player of the Year and was an All-State baseball selection. During his career at Spartanburg Methodist College, he played baseball where he was an All-Region selection and was invited to the NJCAA All-Star Team. Soon after college, Orlando was drafted in the 43rd round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1997 MLB Draft.
Since being drafted, Orlando has played in the Future’s Game and led the USA World Cup team to a silver medal with his spectacular talent. Hudson quickly moved his way through the minor leagues and made his major league debut in 2001. He is renowned around the major leagues for his fielding prowess, known for making breathtaking 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.
In 2005, he was traded to the Diamondbacks where, in his first full season (2006), he set career highs, and won his second Gold Glove Award. After the 2006 season, Hudson became only the sixth infielder in major league history to win a Gold Glove award in both the American and National Leagues.
Orlando was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2007. In addition, he won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award for his phenomenal “web gems” and defensive expertise. After over coming a season ending surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb during the 2007 season, Orlando is looking for to making a healthy start in 2008.
Orlando loves the beautiful outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and fishing. Modeling after his father, Orlando became familiar with hunting and fishing as a toddler. By the age of nine, Orlando had killed his first buck. During hunting season (September to January 1), Orlando rises at 5 a.m. in order to catch the rising of the sun from one of his many tree stands. Once hunting season ends he moves on to his next passion, which is fishing.
Although Orlando does not swim or get near any large amounts of water, he loves to fish. He always laughs about not getting into water unless he is in a boat. At the beach he only goes far enough to where the water hits the tip of his feet. Orlando’s favorite fish to catch and consume are bass, brim and catfish.
Fishing and hunting are where Orlando finds peace away from everything. His dedication to living in the country is for the mere fact that he can spend his off seasons doing the two things that he loves.