Aubrey Huff is an American former professional baseball player who played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Huff played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants, the latter of which he was a member of for two World Series championships. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Huff attended Vernon College and the University of Miami, where he finished his career second in school batting average. He was drafted by the Devil Rays in the sixth round in 1998. He debuted with the Devil Rays in 2000. In 2002, he finished tenth in the American League (AL) in batting average.
Although he was born in Marion, Ohio, Huff grew up in Mineral Wells, Texas. Since 1983 when he was six years old, his father, Aubrey II, was shot and killed as an innocent bystander in a domestic dispute while working as an electrician. That left Huff’s mother Fonda in charge of raising him and his sister Angela. Growing up, Huff regularly practiced baseball in his yard, which had a batting cage with lights and a pitching machine. He said, ” it more to keep me out of trouble.” He grew up rooting for the Texas Rangers and frequently attended their games. One of his favorite players was Nolan Ryan. Huff initially attended Mineral Wells High School, but then transferred to Brewer High School when his family moved to Fort Worth. While he was selected to the All-District baseball team in high school, he was better known as a basketball player. He graduated in 1995.
Huff attended Vernon College for two years and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of its baseball team in 1996. He transferred to the University of Miami for his final two years of college baseball. As a junior, he tied team single-game records for runs in a game (five against Harvard University on March 28) and most doubles in a game (four on May 16 against Georgia Tech).
As a senior, Huff hit for a .412 batting average, the fourth-highest single-season average in school history. His .768 slugging percentage was the second-highest in school history. He also hit 21 home runs (fifth in school history) and a school record of 95 runs batted in (RBI). Baseball America, The Sporting News, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him a first-team All-American.
Minor league career
Huff was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ fifth-round selection in the 1998 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft. He spent 1998 with the Charleston RiverDogs of the single-A South Atlantic League, where he batted .321 with 85 hits, 19 doubles, 13 home runs, and 54 RBI in 69 games.
In 1999, Huff played for the Orlando Rays of the double-A Southern League and was named a Southern League postseason All-Star. Since 133 games with the Rays (tied with three players for fourth in the league behind Brady Clark’s 138, Brent Abernathy’s 136, and Kurt Airoso’s 134), Huff batted .301 (eighth) with 148 hits (fourth, behind Abernathy’s 168, Clark’s 165, and Tim Giles’s 157), 40 doubles (third, behind Scott Vieira’s 44 and Abernathy’s 42), 22 home runs (tied with John Curl for second behind Javier Cardona’s 26), and 78 RBI (tied with Bry Nelson for ninth in the league).
Huff ranked among the top ten in several career and single-season records in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays (Devil Rays from 1998–2007) as of 2012. Through 2012, he ranked third behind Carl Crawford and B. J. Upton in games played (799), at bats (3,028), plate appearances (3,322), hits (870), and doubles (172). His .287 batting average ranked fourth (behind Crawford’s .296, Fred McGriff’s .291, and Jason Bartlett’s .288), his 128 home runs ranked third (behind Carlos Peña’s 163, and Evan Longoria’s 261), his 449 RBI ranked third (behind Crawford’s 592 and Peña’s 458), and his 400 runs scored ranked fifth.
He, Evan Longoria and Delmon Young were the only Devil Rays to appear in 162 games in a season. Further, he held Devil Rays’ record for hits in a season and doubles in a season, both set in 2003. Likewise, his batting averages in 2002 and 2003 ranked sixth and seventh, respectively; his home run totals in 2003 and 2004 were tied for third (with Jose Canseco’s 1999 total behind two of Peña’s totals). Similarly, ninth, respectively; and his RBI totals in 2003 and 2004 were fourth and tied for sixth (with Evan Longoria’s 2010 total and McGriff’s 1999 total), respectively.
On January 4, 2014, Huff officially announced his retirement from baseball. And took a position as a baseball color commentator for the Pac-12 Network. Likewise, on March 31, 2014, Huff started co-hosting a morning radio show on Bay Area sports radio station 95.7. And that was The Game with Chris Townsend and Ric Bucher titled Bucher, Towny and Huff. Huff left the show in August 2014.
Huff was an assistant baseball coach at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, California since 2015. In late 2015, Huff announced he was attempting a comeback three years after playing his final Major League game. Moreover, in February 2017, he released a book, co-written by Stephen Cassar, entitled Baseball Junkie. Further, in which he opens up about his “battle with anxiety and the pressure of playing in the Major Leagues”.
On January 27, 2007, Huff married Barbara “Baubi” Heaton. The couple has two sons. During Huff’s playing days, they resided in Tampa, Florida, in the off-season. Baubi Huff filed for divorce on January 31, 2012. Although the two briefly reconciled, they eventually divorced and Huff claimed that a woman would only marry him for money.
Huff has several tattoos. A noted Transformers fan, he has the logos of the Autobots and Decepticons tattooed on his shoulder blades. On his left shoulder, he also has a tattoo of a guitar with his father’s name under it in memory of his father.
During the Giants’ 2010 playoff race and postseason, Huff became known for wearing a red “rally thong”. There he joked would help the team win. When he was slumping in 2011, fans sent him thongs throughout the season in hopes of improving his performance.
- Full Name: Aubrey Lewis Huff III
- Date of Birth: December 20, 1976
- Age: 43 yearsBirth Place: Marion, Ohio, United States
- Spouse: Barbara Heaton (m since 2007)
- Salary: 10 million USD (since 2013)
- Books: Baseball Junkie: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of a World Series Champion
- Education: Vernon College Student Center, C F Brewer High School, University of Miami
- Position: Outfielder, Infielder
- Net Worth: $26 million
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