Greatest 21 Days
Born: Aug 8, 1966
The Florida product kicked around the minors before he was called up during the 1994 season and found himself pitching in the All-Star Game. Hudek posted 16 saves and a 2.97 ERA as a rookie. He was spotty over the next three campaigns, compiling a 5-7 record with 29 saves and a 4.42 ERA in 116 games while with Houston.
After 1997, he was dealt to the Mets for outfielder Carl Everett in one of Gerry Hunsicker's best personnel moves. Hudek pitched for the Mets, Reds, Braves and Blue Jays but never regained the form that made him a rookie sensation. Over his career, Hudek had a 10-15 record with a 4.43 ERA.
One item about Hudek was that he pitched wearing a necklace that contained a part of his rib cage that had been removed during surgery as a youth.