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.