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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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MooseinOhio
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MooseinOhio

He may be the poster child for the post-PEDs era.

Richard in Dallas
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Richard in Dallas

I am a firm believer in recharging the batteries, but the whole offseason?

Eric Solomon
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Eric Solomon

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

Levi Stahl
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Levi Stahl

And Rich Garces. And John Kruk. Who am I forgetting?

Richard in Dallas
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Richard in Dallas

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…….

MooseinOhio
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MooseinOhio

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.

Richard in Dallas
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Richard in Dallas

BOOG POWELL (who also makes some kickass BBQ)

Wooden U. Lykteneau
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Wooden U. Lykteneau

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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