Hudson not ready to hang it up yet

September, 30, 2012
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox infielder Orlando Hudson said Sunday he believes he has at least a couple of years of baseball left in him.

The 34-year-old Hudson is in his 11th season in the majors. He began the year as the San Diego Padres starting second baseman and hit .211 in 35 games. He was released by the Padres on May 17 and signed by the White Sox to play third base.

Hudson was the White Sox’s starting third baseman until they acquired Kevin Youkilis in late June. Hudson has played 48 games with the White Sox and is hitting .185 with them. He’s had three hits in 14 at-bats in September.

“There’s definitely more things I want to do in the game,” said Hudson, a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner. “I want to achieve some more goals, let’s leave it at that. Personally, I still think I have more years in me left to play every day, of course.

“It’s part of the game (not playing every day.) I can’t sit there and worry about what goes on or what happened. It’s part of it. I came over here to try third base. I could have went other places to play second base every day. I wanted to try it out, and I’m glad I did. Now I have great guys over here that I never played with, and I got to really know them, and it’s good stuff.”

Hudson wasn’t sure if the White Sox would attempt to sign him this offseason with Gordon Beckham starting at second base.
“I don’t know if they would ever ask me to come back,” Hudson said. “Of course, I still want to play every day. We got a great second baseman in Beckham here and Youkilis at third. I tried it at third, but it just wasn’t the comfort zone. Whatever happens, happens. I do love it here. It’s a good place.”

However it does play out, Hudson has enjoyed his time in Chicago.

“This is a great group,” Hudson said. “We have a lot of fun on and off the field. It’s a great group of guys. I had a blast these two months, 2 months here. It’s the type of group that can definitely win a championship. We can’t talk about that, think about that right now. We just got to go out there and finish these last four (games) strong.”
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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