Orlando Hudson played three seasons for the D-backs from 2006-08, winning two of his four career Gold Glove Awards while wearing an Arizona uniform and helping the club win the NL West in '07.
Now retired, Hudson works in the D-backs' player development department. We recently caught up with him for a few questions:
You're listed as a player development assistant, what does that entail?
Same thing I've been doing for six, seven years now. I'll leave here at the end of Spring Training, go home for a few weeks, then go to [Single-A] Visalia, go home for a week, go to [Double-A] Amarillo and I'll see you guys back up here with the big league team again next month.
Do you work with the infielders at each stop?
Not just the infielders. I evaluate all of them -- coaches, infielders, hitters, pitching.
You sound like you enjoy it.
I love it! I love being with the young guys. I love being here, too, because the big league team is young, too. It's just awesome being around the game and the guys. It's a blessing that [then-GM Dave Stewart] brought me back to the organization when he was here and I'm still here with this group -- GM Mike Hazen and [assistant GM] Amiel Sawdaye. I hope to remain here.
What's your best memory in a D-backs uniform?
Aw man, I've got a lot of them. I've got a lot of them. Obviously, having one of the best managers in baseball in Bob Melvin was a joy. I had great teammates like [Luis Gonzalez], Damion Easley, Tony Clark, Brandon Webb, Justin Upton, and watched Stephen Drew, Chad Tracy, Conor Jackson and Chris Young grow as players. We had some good teams.