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Sox Drawer: Hudson ready for the hot corner

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Sox Drawer: Hudson ready for the hot corner

Its been over a decade since Orlando Hudson has played third base. 2001 to be exact at Triple-A Syracuse. Yep, a long time ago.

But when the White Sox had the chance to add the veteran second baseman and 4-time Gold Glove winner, who is ready and willing to play the hot corner, they jumped at the chance.

How quickly?

As soon as the league allowed me to, general manager Kenny Williams said Tuesday.

Hudson takes the roster spot of Brent Morel, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back. Rookie Eduardo Escobar starts at third base Tuesday night against the Twins, but expect to see Hudson get his fair share of shots there until Morel comes back. Hell also back-up Gordon Beckham at his usual position, second base.

Beckham made the switch from third to second. Can Hudson easily make the transition from second to third?

A ground ball is a ground ball, but it definitely comes a little harder down at third base, Hudson said. Im not going to sit here and say Im going to make every play. After the game you might be like, What are you doing booting that ball that ends up losing the game? But Im human. It happens. Its baseball.

Hudson reminded reporters that Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken Jr., and Omar Vizquel all moved over to third base later in their careers. Hudson is prepared to do the same. He took ground balls there during batting practice. Plus, he gives Robin Ventura a switch-hitter to add into the mix.

Hudson had the chance to start right away for another team, but preferred the opportunity with the White Sox. The former Twin knows the franchise, Williams has been after him before, and hes friends with many guys in the clubhouse.

I played with Jesse Crain. Adam Dunn and I have known each other since he first signed. I came up with Alex Rios in Toronto. Its like homegrown here.

Hudson batted just .211 with the Padres, but is tied for the major league lead with five triples. Last season he stole a career-high 19 bases.

A reporter asked, Do you still have wheels?

I dont know, he replied. You want to race a little bit?

He clearly has a sense of humor, plus a love for the game.

I go out there to have fun, Hudson said. Were blessed to play a kids game and make money. So why not go out and enjoy the blessing that God gave you. Ill bring that energy everyday.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: 

 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.