Orlando Hudson Is a Habitual Butt Slapper

We’ve always heard that Orlando Hudson was an excellent clubhouse guy, but we assumed it was because he defends his teammates. Now we’re learning it may be for another reason. LBS contributor Alan Hull shared a video with us that is pretty funny and hard to comprehend. Apparently the O-Dog had made a habit of slapping his double-play partner, shortstop Jason Bartlett, on the butt while he’s turning two. No joke.

Here’s a video of the butt slap in action:

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Orlando Hudson: Home Fans Aren’t Supposed to Boo Their Players

The San Diego Padres are tied with the Houston Astros for the worst record in baseball. They’ve scored the fewest runs in MLB (only 70 through 25 games) averaging fewer than three runs per game. This was supposed to be a “rebuilding year” after the team traded Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, but they signed Brad Hawpe, Jorge Cantu, and Orlando Hudson to try and improve the offense. The problem is Cantu and Hawpe have been unproductive while Hudson has only been slightly better. Some fans have responded by booing the team, and that hasn’t sat well with Hudson.

Pad fans keep supporting us we need yall behind us. Home fans aren’t suppose 2 boo ur own players” Hudson wrote on twitter. He responded to a fan saying “trust me boos don’t bother me at all lil shawty. Cause where I’m from u better have thick skin.” Then Hudson compared Padres fans to St. Louis fans “I have seen Cardinal fans cheer a guy when he was struggling an I was like wow dats tight.”

Apparently Hudson missed the part about Ryan Franklin complaining earlier this season that St. Louis fans were booing him, but that’s besides the point.

Hudson continued to respond to fans on twitter.

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Money, Age, and Skill Factor Into Free Agency More than Race, Orlando Hudson

In an article on Yahoo! Sports, Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson strongly inferred that African-American baseball players Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield are still free agents because of race. While I can’t go inside the heads of owners and general managers in MLB to see if that’s the case (and it’s historical fact that baseball has been racist in the past), I have several reasons why I believe those two players are still available as free agents, and none of them have to do with race.

First of all, I believe we’re at a point in MLB where teams will take talent any way they can get it. They’ve gone to Asia, Central America, South America, Europe, Australia, and every corner of North America to locate talented players who can help their team. Next, the second and third highest paid players are African-American (CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter). Only one of the top-10 paid players in baseball is white (Mark Teixeira). The top pick in the MLB draft has been an African-American player in three of the past five seasons (Tim Beckham, David Price, Justin Upton). Several of the exciting up-and-coming players in the game are African-American (e.g. Matt Kemp, Curtis Granderson, Jason Heyward, and Andrew McCutchen). Lastly, because Hudson thinks there aren’t any Black bench players, here’s a brief list of several African-American platoon players: Dexter Fowler, Chris Dickerson, Milton Bradley, Ben Francisco, Jody Gerut, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Bill Hall.

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Enough of This Orlando Hudson Benching Garbage

orlando-hudson-dodgersThere have been two popular questions amongst Dodger fans lately. The first is when are they going to finally clinch the division? The second is where the heck has Orlando Hudson been lately? The O-Dog finally made his way into the lineup on Wednesday night after not playing in nearly a week. The only reason he got his named scratched onto Joe Torre’s card is because Casey Blake was resting, meaning Hudson’s usual fill-in, Ronnie Belliard, was playing the hot corner. Joe Torre recently explained Hudson’s absence as an opportunity to keep going with Belliard who had been hot and give Hudson some rest. Torre confirmed that sentiment on Wednesday prior to playing Hudson in the game. That’s what he might be saying, but we all know the real reason Hudson hasn’t been playing — the check book of Frank McCourt.

Orlando Hudson signed an incentive-laden deal with the Dodgers prior to the season. He had a 3.38 million base salary with the potential to hit over $4 million more based on how much he played. This was critical because Hudson was coming off a big surgery on his hand and nobody was sure how much (and how well) he’d be able to play. Hitting those bonuses would be just that for both parties — a bonus they’d be happy to see him reach. Apparently that’s not the case for Dodger owner Frank McCourt who has had to pay over $4 million in bonuses to the O-Dog. Now that Hudson’s cracked 575 plate appearances for the year (all the while helping the Dodgers become the best team in the NL), he hit a clause in his contract that stipulates he’ll earn $10,000 for every single plate appearance he makes. What does that mean? Benching Hudson saves McCourt $40k a game.

Even if Hudson isn’t swinging it too well there isn’t a person in baseball who would agree that Ronnie Belliard is a better player, especially considering how strong of a glove Hudson is at second. If it’s just about giving the guy rest, how come Kemp, Manny, Ethier, or Martin aren’t sitting more often in favor of the more-than-capable Juan Pierre or Brad Ausmus? The answer is pretty simple — those guys aren’t making $10k per plate appearance the way Hudson is. Torre’s actually the poor messenger here trying to carry out the bosses orders with the best possible responses. No other logic explains why you would consistently bench a gold-glover when you’re trying to clinch a playoff spot. And if he’s not swinging it well, isn’t the idea to have him hit his way out of the slump now before the playoffs start? I guess not, why would winning matter when precious dollars are at stake? Get the O-Dog back in there, this is a sorry excuse.

Orlando Hudson Agrees There’s No Place for African American Bench Players

Anytime you’re quoting Gary Sheffield you’re probably starting off on the wrong foot. Yes, Sheff’s the same guy who says he didn’t take steroids like the cream and the clear because “steroids is something you stick in your butt.” Clearly Sheff’s logic is second-to-none. Anyway, with MLB celebrating the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, Dodgers’ second baseman Orlando Hudson talked about blacks in baseball:

“There aren’t too many blacks in baseball, period,” Hudson said. “They feel like they won’t get that chance. You watch the College World Series, how many African Americans do you see?”

“You look at it, you know, Brandon Phillips plays every day. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard play every day. [I] play every day. Vernon Wells plays every day. [Carl] Crawford plays every day. [Mike] Cameron plays every day. Bill Hall plays every day. I don’t know too many African American bench players.”

First of all, I don’t care for that line of thinking to begin with. We hear some player saying it almost every year, invariably around this time. MLB doesn’t discriminate; whether you’re Indian, Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, or African American, they’re just looking for someone who can hit, field, or pitch exceptionally well. It’s up to each individual to choose what sport they want to play. African Americans are great athletes and dominate pro football and basketball. They’re free to play baseball too — there aren’t any race restrictions.

Furthermore, Hudson’s line about bench players is simply ignorant; just because Orlando can’t think of any black bench players off the top of his head doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Without doing much thinking I came up with Craig Monroe, Dewayne Wise, Joe Thurston, Fred Lewis, Dexter Fowler, Damion Easley, and Daryle Ward as guys who are or have been bench players recently. I wonder what Hudson has to say about that. I wish they would just drop the issue entirely. I would guess that the amount of white American players has decreased lately because of the global growth of the game but I don’t hear anyone complaining about that.