Analyst was suspended after pot arrest

Updated: November 21, 2003, 9:21 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press