Former San Francisco Giants 1B, Aubrey Huff has announced his retirement from baseball, according to MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo. He’s also going to be heading to the Pac-12 network for a new broadcasting gig.
— MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) January 4, 2014
Huff spent his last three years of MLB with the Giants, from 2010-2012. Despite looking for a team last season, he was unable to find anyone to take a risk on making him an everyday player. Cotillo reports:
“Arizona was interested in me for a bench job,” Huff said. “I really was adamant about not doing that, and they ended up signing Eric Hinske. I always told myself that [I would retire] whenever I’m not an everyday player. I’ve won some World Series, what’s the point of being on the bench anymore? I’m not going to go through all of the grind and flights and everything just to ride the pine and watch. It’s just not what I want to do.”
Huff hit .264 in his three seasons with the Giants, however, he played a pivotal role in 2010 World Series Championship season, hitting .290 and 26 home runs. Age, injury, and the emergence of Brandon Belt really pushed Huff out of his spot at 1B. Over 13 seasons, he hit a .278 average. He won a Silver Slugger award in 2008 and was a 3-time All Star. And he has 2 World Series rings. Not too much for him to complain about.
Best of luck to Huff in his new career. On one plus side, we’ll never have to see him play 2B again. Ever. All the same, he was a good Giant.