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12/10/08 3:51 PM EST

Huff wins Outstanding DH Award

Veteran earns honor for first time in career, beating Thome, Bradley

LAS VEGAS -- Aubrey Huff may not have made the All-Star team, but he's done fairly well since the season ended. Baltimore's designated hitter earned his first career "Outstanding DH Award" on Wednesday, pairing the distinction with his election to the year-end Sporting News All-Star Team and his first Silver Slugger Award.

The DH Award is named after former great Edgar Martinez, who took the honors five times in a seven-season span. And it's been dominated by Boston slugger David Ortiz in recent years, as Big Papi had won it five consecutive times before Huff broke his stranglehold by batting .304 with 32 home runs and a team-leading 108 RBIs this past season.

Huff, who played in 98 games as a DH, also spent time at both infield corners. Huff batted .303 with 23 home runs and 77 RBIs as a DH, and he also posted a .576 slugging percentage and 224 total bases out of that slot.

Huff outpolled Chicago's Jim Thome, who batted .245 with 34 homers and 90 RBIs as a DH. Third place went to Milton Bradley of the Texas Rangers, who batted .322 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs out of the extra hitting slot.

The outstanding DH Award has been handed out every year since 1973, and former giants like Jim Rice, Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor are among the previous winners. Martinez won it five times and had the award named after him in 2004, and Ortiz thoroughly dominated the competition from 2003-07.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.