Huff Confirms Adderall/PED Connection to his Unlikely Rise and Fall with Giants in New Book

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Credit Aubrey Huff for coming out and explaining away his sudden rise (in 2010) to lead the #SFGiants to their first World Series in 56 years, thanks to Adderall, and then fall off the next year, just as dramatically. But by then the Giants seemed to already have more than a  full component of PED users – at least seven KNOWN in their three World Series years.  No doubt, the Giants aren’t too thrilled  to see Huff’s book out, that shows the Giants with yet another KNOWN (SEVENTH) PED user during their (2010-2014) World Series run –  legal or otherwise

 

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Huff Admission Means Seventh KNOWN PED User on Giants During World Series YEARS

 

One of the biggest of many big mysteries involving the San Francisco Giants World Series years (2010-14) was Aubrey Huff’s late career surge in 2010,  was instrumental in  the Giants first World Series victory in 56 years   and then his sudden decline the next year.  Though there were rumors of drugs, that followed in line with the six KNOWN PED users on the team, but now Huff, himself , has confirmed that he was at least the SEVENTH player on the team using PEDs during the Giants World Series run.

 

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Andres Torres may have been first to take advantage of the MLB Adderall PED loophole, having a career year in 2010 while in his mid-30s, perhaps providing Huff the idea for his own late-career boost

Kudos to Huff for ‘coming clean, ’  as he promoted his new book, ‘Baseball Junkie,’ on the Ronn Owens’ KGO Radio program January 4,  in which he admitted to the use of performing enhancing drug, Adderall, the same drug that helped teammate Andres Torres have a career year, at age 35.  Without Torres and Huff and two other PED users , Jose Guillen and Guerillmo Mota, it’s doubtful the Giants would have snuck into the playoffs that year.

 

In the book, Huff goes through the good and bad from the use of Adderall,  a still legal ‘loophole’ PED which MLB admitted is used by 10% of players to help their supposed ‘ADD’ (attention deficit disorders) – despite the fact that the national average for people with ADD is much lower (four percent) , and that Adderall does have a significant performance enhancing benefit.
In fact, Huff said that while Adderall is not a steroid, he feels it has an  even bigger benefit in one’s performance than steroids.  That is born out in Huff’s statistics, in which he went from a journeyman .190 hitter in Detroit in 2009 to a .290 hitter in 2010 after coming to the Giants,

 

AUBREY HUFF Career Stats

AUBREY HUFF raised his average 101 points from .189 (Detroit) to .290 after coming to the Giants (2010) as a 33 year old , thanks to the PED Adderall

 

already in his mid-30s.  Huff explained , the reason for his sudden 2011 drop off that nobody could understand was due to his ‘going off’ the drug while losing the performance enhancing benefit. He described the side-effects nightmare he went through both while on the drug and trying to ‘kick it.’

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ADDERALL , ostensibly  for attention deficit disorder, a ‘Legal’ PED used by 10% of major leaguers, according to MLB itself

With his admission , Huff is now the seventh known PED user on the Giants during their World Series years, with others now more likely. The Giants have always been known to ‘lead the league’ in PEDs what with Barry Bonds’ infamous improvement  after coming to the Giants and his subsequent, indirect , admission to using  ‘the clear and the cream’ (illegal steroids) despite skating free of any penalties thanks , perhaps to the modern climate and a liberal San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

As innocent as Huff and Torres may be for using a drug they may have really needed, blame must go to the San Francisco Giants for turning a blind eye to the issues     in a clubhouse beginning with Bonds as early as 1997 and continuing on TO THIS DAY, in which the Giants continue to bring in KNOWN PED users despite owner Larry Baer’s pronouncement in 2015 that the team would try to steer clear of going after PED users. Since that statement the Giants brought in Marlon Byrd-who has since been suspended for his second conviction of PED use- and minor league signing of Everth Cabrera. There is talk now of re-signing an aging Michael Morse, a known PED user who helped the Giants to their third World Series in five years with a strong first half of 2014.

 

ANDRES TORRES, like Aubrey Huff was able to raise his average significantly, in his mid-30s, with the help of the performance enhancing drug Adderall

 

It’s highly likely that there are others, too   on the Giants, that followed in Torres and Morse footsteps, what with such a no-brainer to take advantage of a LEGAL PED after seeing fellow teammates have such great success. One such player could be Pat Burrell – Huff’s notorious pal who followed a similar late career improvement and sudden decline with the Giants at the same time as Huff.

 

Huff’s new admission may also   shed light on another big Giant mystery – how a team could have the best record in baseball for the first half of 2016 only to have the second to worst record the second half of the season. No, Huff may no longer have been on the team but perhaps other players were seeing more side effects from PEDs, plus with   increased MLB drug testing, it became harder to get away with any illegal use  for Giants opting to the more tried and true PEDs ala Barry Bonds.

 

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It’s especially sad to see  PEDs becoming more accepted  today. That baseball hasn’t tighted up on Adderall use is surprising; we wonder why teams that care so much about winning, like the Giants,  don’t make Adderall a part of the regimen.

Guys like McGwire and Conseco took the hit even in a time when some other of the PEDs were still legal… Today fans , especially in San Francisco, still regard Bonds as a cult hero and had no problem when the Giants went after known PED users like Byrd. In fact the media was silent on that issue – until he got caught again, although no longer with the Giants.

Huff’s book now  out , probably doesn’t name names so we may never know just how widespread the use of PEDs has been on the Giants . Sure, other teams have PED users; it’s just that the Giants have had more and the question always arises how a team with so many ‘no names ‘  with so little power (except that generated from PEDs)   could win three World Series in five years after blanking for 56 years.

 

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  It seems that Aubrey Huff, one time San Francisco hero, has come under unusual scrutiny by the same San Francisco fans and media who once loved him. Why? Apparently, for two reasons: 1) because of Huff’s honesty coming out and admitting he made mistakes and for NOT HAVING A JOB since he left the Giants in 2012. At least that is what it would appear to be form the comments we’ve seen both in Amazon reviews and in other social media. 2) The second and even more (sad) reason appears to be that the locals don’t care for Huff’s politics (Huff had mentioned support for President Trump at one point, which he has since backed off.) 

It’s a sad day when people turn so quickly on someone who hasn’t committed any crimes or hurt anyone – other than himself, and perhaps his wife and family, who have appeared to accept him.  In fact, Huff was using a technically legal drug – not that anyone in San Francisco disdains using drugs- but there may be some jealousy that Huff didn’t have to work and was honest about it, repeatedly, in his book.  But worse, is that folks in America’s most liberal city would make such an issue about Huff’s politics. Maybe not so surprising anymore, in this day, but very wrong. Almost as bad as being criticized for one’s religion or even race.  So, while we’re not excusing Huff’s negative actions, they were no  worse than those of many others on the Giants – many you never heard about because they were never addressed in books, even covered up by the Giants.  If anyone is guilty we believe it’s the San Francisco Giants who let players – even encouraged – the use of Adderall, though legal, and other PEDs while they were accepting of  untoward behavior; why else would the team repeatedly go after players with shadowy backgrounds that other teams didn’t want? Think Cabrera, Byrd, Morse, Gaudin, Guillen, Mota, etc. They put up with Panda Sandoval and his hijinks (and illicit behavior they did well to cover up) many years too long  to the dismay of teammates. Of course , Barry Bonds was kept around while three managers, a trainer and an owner were fired while he was putting up unlikely, big numbers using his stash from BALCO.  Huff is just one of many, and probably deserved a better Giants ending than this, in our opinion.)

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