||This article is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (May 2014)|
|First baseman/Pinch hitter/Hitting Coach|
December 5, 1956|
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|September 4, 1983 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1983 for the Oakland Athletics|
David Mark Hudgens (born December 5, 1956) is an American former Major League Baseball first baseman and most recently was the hitting coach for the New York Mets. He played for the Oakland Athletics during the 1983 season.
• Played 6 minor league seasons with the Athletics and Indians and appeared in six games with Oakland in 1983.
• Was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the January, 1975 Draft and by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 18th round of the June, 1977 Draft, but did not sign either time as he attended Arizona State University.
• Appeared in two College World Series during his four years with the Sun Devils...Batted .313 with 16 home runs and 135 RBI at ASU.
Set to begin his 35th season (2013) overall in professional baseball.
• 2011-May 2014, NY Mets Hitting Coach. He's a disciple of Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton who is famous for revolutionizing the "Tough Break" offense with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was fired on May 26 after the Mets' loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
• From 2006-2010, was the Cleveland Indians' Field Coordinator...Ensured that all coordinators and field staff were developing players based on each player's individual strengths and limitations, and that the staff was using effective methods of instruction and learning.
• Managed Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2005-2011, winning the Venezuelan Championship in the 2009-2010 season.
• Was the Oakland Athletics hitting coach in 1999 and again from 2003-2005.
• Served as the Assistant Director of Player Development for Oakland from 1996-1998 and from 2000-2002.
• Managed four years in Oakland's minor league system from 1985-1988, including three years at Medford (A) of the Northwest League...Led Pocatello (R) of the Pioneer League in 1985...Lost in the league finals in 1988 with Medford... Went 144-151 (.488) as a manager.
- "Mets fire hitting coach Hudgens after loss". Associated Press. ESPN.com. May 26, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Mets.com Bio