Friday, December 3, 2010

End of Season Review: Aubrey Huff


San Francisco Giants Aubrey Huff blasts a RBI single in the fifth inning against theTexas Rangers in game one of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco on October 27, 2010.  UPI/Terry Schmitt Photo via Newscom

The headline when the Giants signed Aubrey Huff last season was "Sabean Signs Aging Veteran Coming Off Worst Year of Career" and many in the fan base myself included didn't really care for it much. To our surprise Huff had quite a bit left in the tank and some magic underwear.

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 157 668 569 100 165 35 5 26 86 7 83 91 .290 .385 .506 .891 138
For a third choice this is an amazing season, actually even if he was the first choice this would have been an amazing season. It was the first time since J.T. Snow in 2004 that a Giants first baseman finished with an OPS+ above 100.

Huff had some troubles adjusting to AT&T park like most lefties but eventually found his stride and was the biggest and most consistent threat in the Giants lineup. The other thing that just astounds me is how willing he was to take a walk.

Look at the OBP it is nearly 100 points higher then the batting average. He walked nearly as often as he struck out which is something that Giants haven't had since Barry Bonds was sent into exile.

Huff was the biggest free agent bargain in the majors last season and even the new contract isn't a reach in overpaying Huff. Hopefully the magic wasn't just a one time thing and keeps on going.

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