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With the Major League Baseball playoffs set to begin this afternoon, here’s a look at the former Syracuse players who will be participating in this year’s post-season:
Our congratulations go out to former Chiefs pitcher Roy Halladay who was chosen to start tonight’s MLB All-Star Game on the mound for the American League.
Two former Syracuse players were selected to play in this year’s All-Star game in San Francisco. Outfielder Alex Rios was selected to his second All-Star game while 2B Orlando Hudson was selected to his first All-Star game.
Entering play today Rios is hitting .288 with 17 HR, 46 RBI and 8 SB. 12 of Rios long balls have come from the leadoff spot this season where he has filled in admirably for the injured Reed Johnson. Only the Indians Grady Sizemore has more home runs, 13, than Rios from the leadoff spot this season.
Rios was selected to play in last year’s game but was unable to play due to a staph infection in his foot.
The O-Dog will be playing in his first All-Star game. Entering play today Hudson is hitting .299 with 7 HR and 46 RBI. While Hudson has always been noted for his defensive abilities, including two Gold Gloves, this year has been a breakout-year for Orlando at the plate.
Pitcher Roy Halladay, who missed two weeks of the season, is still in the running to make the AL squad as part of MLB.com’s final vote.
Other former Syracuse players who are not playing but should have received strong consideration include Oakland pitcher Chad Gaudin, who ranks 4th in the AL in ERA, and Toronto 2B Aaron Hill, who leads all AL 2B with 46 RBI.
Former Syracuse second baseman Orlando Hudson, always known for his outstanding defensive play, is having a breakout year offensively for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hudson has prospered in the #3 spot in the Diamondbacks lineup amongst many of Arizona’s young players. Heading into action Saturday the “O-Dog” is hitting .350, with 4 HR, and he is tied for 4th in the National League with 25 RBI and ranks 4th with 42 hits.
Not only is Hudson excelling on the field he is a leader in the D’Backs clubhouse. Steve Gilbert, who covers Arizona for mlb.com, had a nice article on how Orlando is passing what he learned about playing hurt from Carlos Delgado and Shannon Stewart onto the young Diamondbacks.