Aubrey Huff is in the best shape of his life

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The Giants called out Aubrey Huff after his miserable 2011 season was over, saying that their big money first baseman was out of shape.  Huff has responded thusly:

“I think I’m preparing a lot better this offseason as far as Pilates. I’m feeling physically better this year. I know I’m making a lot of money to go out and get it done, and last year I didn’t do it” … Huff bragged about how good he looked during a TV show taping today, saying, “My body is ripped.”

So if Brandon Belt and Brett Pill don’t get much playing time in 2012, you can blame both Bruce Bochy and pilates.

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.