Jeff Huson’s career slugging percentage is nine points lower than his career on base percentage, meaning Huson is the Major League equivalent of the kid in Pony League who went up to bat praying that either (a) the pitcher threw him 4 straight balls, (b) he could fall down, cry, and pretend that he got beaned on the first pitch he sees, or (c) the field would explode in a brilliant flash of blinding light before he stepped into the batters’ box.
An emaciated Jeff Huson takes his warm-up swings.
It takes a near Zen-like commitment to being weak to slug below your on-base percentage. It takes dedication, aversion to weights, inability to square up a baseball, and a lot of sand kicked in one’s face. Huson had all of those things. Hence, 8 home runs in a 12-year career. Guess how many came as a Cub? Do you even need to check to see if you’re right?
Low Point: Huson didn’t hit a home run from 1998 until the end of his career in 2000. He appeared in 217 games in that time, and had 626 at-bats. To put that in perspective, that’s 78 games longer and 232 at-bats more than Paul Bako’s longest home run drought.
Did You Know? Last year, Huson was a part-time color analyst for the Colorado Rockies. That actually makes me feel good about my job.