"C'mon, man, you ought to know better than to ask," he said. "Of course I'm going to wear No. 42. It's Jackie Robinson, man."
Hudson will be one of several D-backs players who will take advantage of Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to annually allow players to wear Robinson's retired No. 42 on April 15.
Last year, six D-backs players wore No. 42, including Hudson and outfielder Chris Young, who also plans on doing so again.
"I appreciate that I wouldn't be where I am today if not for Jackie Robinson," said Young, who recently signed a $28 million contract extension. "It's an honor and a privilege to wear his number."
Outfielder Eric Byrnes, who also wore the number last year, has long been a fan of Robinson. Byrnes, like Robinson, attended UCLA and while there, Byrnes wrote his thesis on Robinson and the impact he had on society, not just baseball.
"Yeah, I want to wear it again, of course," Byrnes said.
The D-backs play in San Francisco on April 15 so they will be wearing their gray jerseys. Last season they wore their red ones that day.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less