Great Moments in Energy Conservation

I like the way Aubrey Huff thinks:

Huff did very little over the winter to get ready for the 2009 season, but that wasn’t necessarily because he was tending to [his newborn] Jayce. Actually, Huff was following an offseason regimen he stumbled upon a year ago after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.

“Last year I had the surgery, didn’t do anything before coming into spring training, missed the first week and had a good year,” he said. “So I’d be stupid to work out hard this offseason, would I not?”

Not after a season in which he batted .304 with 32 homers and 106 RBIs and led the AL with 82 extra-base hits.

Those numbers persuaded him to keep his bat and glove in storage for a second straight winter.

“It wasn’t rocket science for me. In ’03 and ’04 I had some good years in Tampa, and I tried to think what I did that offseason. I remembered not doing that much,” Huff said. “So I thought to myself, ‘What if I worked hard? I could probably be an MVP type of guy.’ I worked really hard, and the next three years were just, what in the world happened?”

Bob Horner, David Wells and Dimitri Young fully endorse this approach.

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  1. Eric Solomon said...

    If it was good enough for Mickey Mantle, it should be good enough for Aubrey flippin Huff!  (adjusts fedora and puts out his cigar…)

  2. Richard in Dallas said...

    Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Cecil Fielder, Gates Brown (does anybody remember Gates Brown?).

    I assume we’re just making a list of not very in shape power hitter types…….

  3. MooseinOhio said...

    George “The Boomer” Scott and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski managed to have decent MLB careers while apparently not being shy while in the buffet line.

  4. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    Naturally, what’s missing from this story is a discussion of what Huff did for a workout. Chances are (read: 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999%) he was working out improperly and unsupervised.

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