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San Francisco Giants: Will Aubrey Huff Have a Kung Fu Comeback?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants waits in the hole to bat against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on September 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
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Brian WinettCorrespondent IIIOctober 11, 2011

In 2010, Pablo Sandoval rode the bench as he saw his teammates fight their way into the playoffs and win the World Series.

In 2011, Pablo Sandoval came back well conditioned and had one hell of a comeback year.  

However, while the unexpected leader of the Giants World Series run Aubrey Huff had a 2010 beyond expectations, the World Series win and fat cat salary brought Huff into a season of drudgery for 2011.

Still under contract for 2012, the question remains, what kind of player is Huff really?

Kung Fu Panda tortured himself back into shape in the offseason.  

Is Aubrey Huff willing to do the same?

It was evident by Mike Krukow's recent comments that Huff's work ethic wasn't there in 2011.

Not only did this affect his performance at the plate, it also diminished his standing as a leader with his teammates.

While Sandoval worked his butt off to return to the middle of the order, Huff played himself well out of his number three spot in the order.

Although far from admirable, that's at least understandable.  It's hard as hell to win a World Series, and if Huff did not have the energy to get back to it for a year, then so be it.

With everyone gunning for you after a championship, anyone has a convenient number of excuses built in the year after.

Now those excuses are gone. And while Huff's training won't get the same attention as Pablo's near reality show level of attention as he ran up mountains to get in shape, will Huff approach this offseason with the same seriousness in order to prepare for a comeback of Panda proportions?

We'll see in 2012 if that is the case or if Aubrey Huff simply took his big salary and is now just coasting out the rest of his career planning a retirement in the Maldives.

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