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Analyst was suspended after pot arrest

11/21/2003 - Anaheim Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rex Hudler is returning as the Anaheim
Angels' television analyst next season.

Hudler was arrested last August on suspicion of marijuana
possession and drug paraphernalia after security guards did a
random search of his luggage at the Kansas City airport. The Angels
later suspended him for the rest of the season for violating club
policy.

"Rex has been an important part of the Angels in recent years,
both behind the microphone and in the community," Angels president
Dennis Kuhl said Friday in announcing Hudler will return. "While
his situation earlier this year was unfortunate, there has been no
lack of regret or accountability on his part.

"It's time for Rex and the Angels' family to move forward."

Kuhl was hired Nov. 10 as president of the Angels.

Hudler, 43, has been the team's TV analyst for five seasons. The
team extended his contract through 2005 last year.

"Life is a series of situations and the choices we make,"
Hudler said in a statement released by the Angels. "This
experience has affected me in countless ways across the spectrum.
At the same time, it has allowed me to fully understand the areas
of growth and change that were needed in my life.

"I thank my family, the Angels' organization and our tremendous
fans for their support. I look forward to returning in 2004 to
cover the game and ballclub I so dearly cherish."

Hudler played for 10 years in the minor leagues before making it
to the majors and wound up playing professionally for 21 years with
18 teams. He played for the Angels from 1994-96.