SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Giants World Series championship will not feature one of the team’s best — and loudest — players.
Aubrey Huff, whose Twitter presence has included shredding the Giants’ hire of a woman as a coach, “joking” about kidnapping and enslaving Iranian women, and teaching his sons how to use guns in case Bernie Sanders wins the presidency, will not return to celebrate with a team that he led in home runs in a season he finished seventh in MVP voting.
“Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion,” the team said in a statement Monday that was first reported by The Athletic. “Aubrey had made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.”
Huff, the No. 3 hitter and first baseman of the first of the Giants’ three titles in five years, was part of the Bruce Bochy festivities at the end of September, but will not be part of the celebration Aug. 16 at Oracle Park.
He has left the Giants but not the headlines, his hard-right political bent taking a turn for the violent, as when he wrote, “Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020. In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must,” he wrote in November, alongside a bullet-ridden target. “By the way, most of the head shots were theirs.”
In early January, he tweeted — and later deleted — a fantasy about “kidnap[ping] about 10” Iranian women, whom he then crudely depicted, hoping they would “feed us grapes, amongst other things…” He later said he was joking about kidnapping them.
Most recently, Huff mocked the hire of Alyssa Nakken as assistant coach, the first woman coach in MLB history.
“I got in trouble for wearing a thong in my own clubhouse when female reporters were present,” he wrote. “Can’t imagine how it will play out with a full time female coach running around. This has #metoo & #BelieveAllWomen written all over it.
“Couldn’t imagine taking baseball instruction from an ex female softball player,” he wrote with an eyes-rolling emoji. “Have fun with that,” and went on to tag Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey.
Huff did not immediately respond to a request for comment by KNBR.