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  • Rex Hudler completed his 11th season alongside Steve Physioc as the Angels’ baseball analyst on FOX Sports Net and KCOP.

     

    A veteran of 30 years in professional baseball, 21 as a player, Hudler, nicknamed “Wonder Dog” during his playing career, played three seasons as a fan favorite for the Angels (1994-96) as an infielder and outfielder.

     

    In his final season with the club, Hudler recorded a .311 average and career-high 16 home runs in 92 games.

     

    During his professional career (1978-1998), Hudler played for 18 different teams, including

     

    a 1993 stint in Japan. In 774 career major league games, Hudler registered a .261 average with 56 home runs and 169 RBI. His minor league career consisted of 1,083 games.

     

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  • Rex Hudler is in demand as a motivational speaker and has done presentations for such companies as ConAgra Foods, Bank of America, Advanced Sterilization Products (a J&J company), Franklin Covey, Edison Int'l, Terminix, and many others.

     

    Rex Hudler was known amongst his Major League Baseball teammates and coaches as being an energizing force on the field, in the clubhouse, and on the bench. Finding his niche in the Major Leagues as a utility player enabled Rex to be the ultimate team player. When audiences experience the "wonderdog" in one of his motivational talks, they will hear Rex share practical fundamentals he used in the game of baseball that will help your team win in the game of business.

    "Thanks so much to Rex for speaking at our conference.  As we kicked off our 3rd quarter we planned a conference with a theme and energy we believed would jump start our group.  As our key note speaker, Rex brought that energy, inspiration and fun to our meeting that we continue to draw from as my team finished #1 on the quarter. He was a perfect fit for what we were trying to accomplish.  Thanks again!"

    Andrew J. Jeppson

    Northern California District Manager
    FranklinCovey

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  • Having Rex Hudler as a guest speaker in November at our weekend services here at The Grove Community Church was one of the highlights of our year. Rex brought a message of hope, challenge, encouragement, humor, honesty and Biblical truth. Our people were moved by his honesty and humility. His stories were relevant and timely for the days in which we live. Rex was able to speak to every age group in the church and connected well on each and every level. 

     

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  • Rex is available to help with fundraisers and other charity events.  Recently, Rex was honored to be invited to The Let It Be Foundation’s annual golf event in Chino, Ca.  The event was sold out and was a great financial success.  The Let It Be Foundation helps families who have a child with a life threatening illness.  For more information, please see their website at www.theletitbefoundation.org.

     

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Team Up For Down Syndrome

Rex and Jennifer Hudler began a non-profit organization called Team Up For Down Syndrome after their first son, Cade, was born with Down syndrome. This article, reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer, tells the beginning of their story.

Splinters - A Memoir by Rex Hudler

"After playing professional baseball for over 20 years and broadcasting the Angels for ten years, I finally decided to write a book entitled Splinters, A Memoir by Rex Hudler.

Rex's Career in Pro Baseball

Rex Hudler loved playing sports from an early age.  In high school he played football, soccer, and baseball.  On the advice of his mother, Rex decided to focus on two sports – football and baseball.

Rex Hudler - Motivational Speaker

Rex Hudler loved playing sports from an early age.  In high school he played football, soccer, and baseball.  On the advice of his mother, Rex decided to focus on two sports – football and baseball.  He was a talented wide receiver and once had 21 catches in a single game.  Many major universities began to show interest in the speedy Hudler including Michigan State where an All-American named Kirk Gibson showed Hudler around the football facilities.  When asked where the baseball facilities were, Gibson replied, “Baseball is a sissy sport!”  Little did Hudler or Gibson realize at the time they would later meet again on the fields Major League Baseball.

Hudler was offered a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Notre Dame and would have caught passes from a guy named Joe Montana.  But baseball is a spring sport and Major League scouts began to take notice of Hudler at Bullard High School in Fresno, California.  One day, the New York Yankees contacted Hudler’s mom to inform her the Yankees had drafted Rex as their number draft choice in 1978.  Hudler’s mom told them they wasted their pick; her son was going to college and play football.  Soon there after, the Yankees arrived at the Hudler home and Rex’s mom sent him to the local pizza joint in town while she visited with the Yankee executives.  Rex arrived home a little later and his mom said, “congratulations son, you’re a New York Yankee!!!”.

With his mom negotiating his first contract, Rex Hudler became a professional baseball player.  In a professional career spanning 21 years, Hudler played for the Yankees, Orioles, Expos, Cardinals, Angels, Phillies, and one year in Japan.  He is one of a very few players to have played for 10 years in the minor leagues and 10 years in the major leagues.  In the 11 years following his playing career, Rex Hudler has become an accomplished television and radio broadcaster with the Angels.  To read more about Rex’s career in baseball, you can purchase a copy of his memoir entitled, Splinters.