April 5, 2010
Three former Auburn baseball players began the 2010 Major League Baseball season on big league rosters on Monday. Outfielder Gabe Gross is in his first year with the Oakland A's while pitcher Tim Hudson and catcher David Ross are both with the Atlanta Braves.
Gross, who played at Auburn from 1999-01, signed a free agent contract with the A's in the offseason after spending the last year-and-a-half with the Tampa Bay Rays. In six seasons in the big leagues, Gross has a lifetime .239 batting average with 161 RBI, playing for Toronto (2004-05) and Milwaukee (2006-08) along with the Rays.
Hudson, a 2010 Auburn Baseball Wall of Fame Inductee, is in his sixth year with the Braves after spending the first six years of his career in Oakland. In 11 years in the big leagues, the 1997 Rotary Smith Award Winner as the top collegiate baseball player has gone 148-78 with a 3.49 ERA, recording 1,402 strike outs.
Ross, who played at Auburn in 1996 and '97 before transferring to Florida, is best remembered for his home run in the 1997 East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., that helped send Auburn to the College World Series that year. An eight-year MLB veteran, he is in his second year with the Braves where he splits time with Brian McCann behind the plate.
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