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John Hudek
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 457 of 1043 players
John Raymond Hudek
Born: August 8, 1966 at Tampa, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.01 Weight: 200

John Hudek was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 22, 2004, December 3, 2007, August 8, 2008, August 8, 2013, and September 12, 2016.


First Mets game: April 2, 1998
Last Mets game: July 1, 1998

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I know we had to get rid of Everett because he was beating his kids, but couldn't we have gotten a little more than Hudek? He was ok, just nothing special.

Did anyone throw a straighter, more hittable fastball than Hudek? Was a stud in Houston until he threw so hard he broke a rib. Was never the same again after the rib was removed.

Anthony V
July 11, 2002
I remember going to opening ticket-sales day at Shea back in January of 1998, and Hudek was one of the players signing autographs. In addition to his, I got Baerga, Gilkey, Rojas, Huskey, and Ordonez. They were ALL gone by season's end, except Rey-Rey.

Gregory Gewirtz
March 31, 2003
There was a lot of hype surrounding his acquisition, in exchange for Carl Everett, since Hudek had a share of the closer's role with the Astros until he got hurt.

He was a total bust here, and all we could get back for him was Lenny Harris from the Reds in late June 1998.

Hudek later went on to be traded from the Reds to the Braves straight-up for Mark Wohlers during the time Wohlers suffered from total lack of command after a rib cage injury, ending his reign as a decent closer.

Rob D. from Jersey City
June 23, 2003
He always looked like he was nursing a severe hangover everytime he took the mound. And usually pitched like it as well. I was always expecting him to vomit all over the mound. Hell, that would have been a lot more entertaining than his performance!!

Jonathan Stern
December 14, 2004
I'm no athlete, but this guy had one of worst "baseball bodies" I have ever seen. His physique was weird, with a small head and everything below the neck seeming to expand from pitch to pitch. Did he simply not look good in a baseball uniform or was he out-of-condition?

December 27, 2004
Hudek was such a disaster in his time with the Mets, he actually made me regret our loss of Carl Everett.

Unfortunately, "Bad John" (as my friends and I called him) could never regain his all-star form of 1994, and we jettisoned him rather quickly. To begin with, I always thought he was a Derek Wallace clone, so I was wondering why Steve Phillips wanted him so badly in the first place.

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