Aubrey Huff in tune with Giants
Former journeyman making his voice heard as San Francisco's top run producer
The San Francisco Giants' leading run producer is no Aubrey-come-lately when he has a song in his heart and some tender lyrics on his mind.Aubrey Huff was attending a friend's wedding a few years ago when the karaoke machine cranked up and he wowed the assembled guests with his rendition of George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning." One thing led to another, and, in 2005, Huff recorded a track alongside Omar Vizquel, Coco Crisp and several other major leaguers on a baseball CD titled "Oh Say Can You Sing."
“Hey, since Huff already ticked off Baltimore, he might as well move on to the rest of the AL East, right? Will his tenure in San Francisco be more than a one-year arrangement? The signs are good. Huff wants to return, and management seems favorably inclined toward re-signing him. Once the season ends, general manager Brian Sabean's first order of business will be to determine how the pieces fit. Mark DeRosa will return from wrist surgery in 2011, and he could slot in at third base and prompt the Giants to move Pablo Sandoval across the diamond to first. Rowand still has two years and $24 million left on his contract; Torres and Nate Schierholtz are very affordable outfield pieces; and Burrell has made a strong case for himself with 12 homers and a .549 slugging percentage since the Giants rescued him from oblivion in June. So there's some creative strategizing to be done. Huff, long considered a below-average defender, has been much better in the field than his reputation suggested. With his aptitude for moving around, he gives the team some flexibility in its decision-making. "He's done his part," Sabean said. "He deserves every right to be considered as a player we'd like to bring back. He's shown us he can play first, left and right. As long as he's in the lineup hitting every day -- against righties and lefties -- he's happy." Seven months ago, the Giants helped revive Huff's career with a phone call. He is doing all he can to return the favor.
[Huff] deserves every right to be considered as a player we'd like to bring back. He's shown us he can play first, left and right. As long as he's in the lineup hitting every day -- against righties and lefties -- he's happy.” -- Giants GM Brian Sabean about Huff