A Case For Huff's Spot in the All-Star Game

Russell PrestonContributor IJune 23, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 27:  Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he hit a solo home run in the second inning against the Philadelphia Philles at AT&T Park on April 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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For 66 games, we Giants fans have kept a close, skeptical eye on Aubrey ever since our front office signed him this past off-season. We questioned Sabean and his tendencies to pick up an aged veteran on the decline for an outrageously overpriced sum. We believed the end of that would come after we signed Zito. Saying, "Eh, okay then, never doing that again..."

Then we signed Rowand. "Wow, we did it again... its OK, that's the last time..."

Whammy, Sabes just bought us a broken Renteria. "God dammit, we really need to stop this..."

Then we acquired Huff. "Wow agai--wait! Why is this slow declining veteran hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs? Maybe Sabean was right..." No, he wasn't right, he was lucky. Most of us could agree that looking into this season, nobody could predict that Huff would be our most valuable hitter. He's hitting the ball hard and doing it in a consistent way we had no idea he was capable of doing. Now that he's doing wonders for this offense, he deserves some attention from the rest of the nation.

As of now he ranks 2nd among 1st basemen in the N.L. in batting average, 4th in on-base percentage, 4th in runs, and 4th in OPS, which is a combination of Slugging percentage (stat for power) and on-base percentage (stat for getting on base, batting approach, and pure hitting). He is in top 8 for home runs and RBIs, but those are not the only stat to be taken under consideration when deciding who gets the spot on that all-star roster.

His versatility would also come in handy in the All-star game due to the enormous amount of double switches, pinch hitters and substitutions in this popular exhibition game. So far this year he has started 18 games in left field, and 9 games in right while still maintaining his high offensive performance. Because this year's All-star game in in an American League park in Anaheim, there will also be the option to stick him in the DH spot.

It has been a good 66 games for both Aubrey Huff and this Giants team, and even though he is currently trailing in the votes with only 19 games remaining until the All-Star break, I, and many other Giants fans, believe he deserves a spot on that National League roster.

For more information about All-star voting, please visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2010/index.jsp to read up on vote totals, campaigns, or to pick your own selection you believe should head to Anaheim.