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March 23, 2009

Huff on contract year

Aubrey Huff is coming off a strong offensive season and heading into the final year of his contract, but he said yesterday he is not going to go about things any differently than he did last season.

He said he doesn't even understand the concept of a contract push.

“I don’t know how guys do that,’’ he said. “Some guys, they go into their contract years and put up huge numbers. It amazes me. Adrian Beltre, I think he hit 49 home runs in his contract year. I don’t know how they do that. I just go at it the same way, go one day at a time, and see what the numbers are at the end. You see these guys put up ridiculous numbers and then they don’t do as much the next couple of years. Does that mean they’re just playing for the money?”

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:35 PM | | Comments (5)
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Huff said, "You see these guys put up ridiculous numbers [into their contract years] and then they don’t do as much the next couple of years. Does that mean they’re just playing for the money?” Not necessarily. Maybe they just put a little extra "juice" into their play because big numbers = big money. You think?

Pete-

You have to appreciate Huff's blunt comments about how some athletes are "cyclically motivated". To be sure, it hasn't always been like that. That's why we call them "professionals". It should be motivation enough to be proud to wear a major league uniform and represent your respective city. Now, about running out those ground ball outs...

I know he got in some hot water for what he said before last season, but Aubrey Huff sounds like a really fun guy to be around. I'm glad he's on the Orioles.

Huff will produce--the pitching situation stinks.

Why not give Bergeson a chance? With all of the tweedle-dums the Orioles brought up last year (Liz, etc.,) how could Bergeson do worse?

Is this a case of prejudice against Scandanavian ballplayers?


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Pete's reply: Yes, I'm investigating that angle right now.

I have been out of the loop for several weeks.....I project 'Huff Daddy' having all star numbers this year. I also project half of the O's bullpen on the DL by mid July. Any talk of McCrory assuming JJ's role in the pen and giving JJ a shot at the rotation? Remember the woman owner of the Indians in the movie 'Major League' who tried to destroy her team?Trembley would have been her first choice to manage the tribe...

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