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Buster Posey reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to 2010 reunion

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Buster Posey reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to 2010 reunion

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For two members of the 2010 Giants championship team, the trip to this summer's reunion won't be far. Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey still are here, and they'll be greeting old teammates -- almost all of whom long ago retired -- as the Giants celebrate the group that finally brought a title to San Francisco.

They won't be seeing Aubrey Huff, though. The Giants told their former first baseman that he will not be invited to the ceremony. A day after the news got out, Posey was asked what his reaction to that decision was.

"Well, I mean, it's tough," Posey said. "We all definitely accomplished something together, but the simple answer for me is -- I think you guys know -- how I pretty much stay out of anything that's not involved with baseball here on the field. That's kind of the way I'm going to leave it at and defer to the people that make the decisions, and I'll leave it at that for my end."

Posey did say that he was kept in the loop during the process and talked to higher-ups as they formed a decision. He was aware that Huff had been sending controversial tweets.

Asked what kind of teammate Huff was, Posey paused and said it's been a long time.

"It's hard to say. Things change, people change over the course of 10 years," Posey said. "When Aubrey was here, he kept it pretty loose, enjoyed playing the game, he was definitely prone to being a jokester at times."

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Posey said he did not plan to reach out to Huff. The other remaining member of the 2010 team, Sandoval, said earlier in the day that he "won't be sad" that Huff is not invited.

The Giants will honor the 2010 team on Aug. 16 at Oracle Park.

MLB The Show 20: Giants' most overrated, underrated players in game

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MLB The Show 20: Giants' most overrated, underrated players in game

With the MLB season on indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, there’s a lot of time for baseball fans to play video games.

MLB The Show 20 was released last week, and fans have been all over the new title simulating games in place of being able to watch them live.

The Giants weren’t expected to be much of a contender in 2020, and the player ratings on the roster seem to reflect that.

Former 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey checks in as the highest-rated Giants player, at just an 83 overall, placing him as the seventh-best catcher in the game.

For comparison, the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers have eight players rated higher than the Giants’ longtime backstop.

Just behind Posey are starters Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, each checking in at a 79. 

After a strong rookie season, outfielder Mike Yasztrzemski starts the year as a 78 overall, while Evan Longoria is a 76 entering another season at the hot corner.

These ratings shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to Giants fans, whose team has been among the bottom half of the game’s squads for several years now.

Despite a somewhat steep statistical regression a year ago, it's surprising to see shortstop Brandon Crawford bumped all the way down to a 71 overall in the game's latest installment. The two-time all-star has spent most of his career in the mid-80s.

[RELATED: Dubon's hilarious story of meeting Pence at Giants FanFest]

It's hard to find a lot of overrated players on this team, but Johnny Cueto gets a decent vote of confidence from the MLB The Show staff with his 79 overall, after a rough return (albeit it in a limited sample size) last season from Tommy John surgery back in Aug. 2018.

See the entire 40-man roster's ratings in the video here (skip to around 29:30 for the Giants).

But it’s all a simulation after all, so have some fun with it. Make some bold trades, bring back some all-time legends, go crazy.

Hopefully we’ll be bringing you live baseball again soon.

Giants coordinator Matt Daniels explains offseason vs. coronavirus halt

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Giants coordinator Matt Daniels explains offseason vs. coronavirus halt

Athletes are creatures of habit, as are those who work to make athletes better such as coaches and trainers. With the coronavirus pandemic putting a stop to the sports world, those schedules and routines have gone completely out of whack. 

MLB Opening Day was scheduled for last Thursday, yet the Giants haven't taken the field since March 11 in a 6-4 spring training win over the Texas Rangers. The spring is a time of shaking off the rust for veterans, proving yourself for on-the-bubble players and a key time of development for prospects and younger players. This also is a key time for people like Matt Daniels, the Giants' coordinator of pitching sciences. 

While the sudden sports stoppage changes everything for players, the same can be said for Daniels, who specializes in player development. He wants to make one thing clear: This hiatus is completely different than dealing with an offseason. 

"The playing and not playing part are literally the only similarities between the coronavirus halt and the offseason," Daniels said on Trevor Bauer's YouTube page. "Realistically, they're totally different."

Daniels further explained the differences by looking at a typical schedule for those in his field, beginning with the start of year. 

"As someone in player development, usually in January you're starting to get ready for spring training so you're workload picks up a little bit," Daniels said. "In February you might bring in some of your starting pitchers in to some sort of minicamp to get volume and intensity going before games start. And you might bring your relievers in once full spring training hits."

In spring, Daniels and the rest of the staff are at the field between 10 to 12 hours per day. The same can be said for coaches during the regular season, but for rovers and coordinators like Daniels, the regular season means constantly being on the road and going to the field for different minor league affiliates. 

From mid-February through the end of August, it's go, go, go. The workload gradually ramps up and then gradually begins slowing down through September. 

"At least towards the end of the minor league season, you're able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so you're able to start slowing things down," Daniels said.

Not anymore. Everything came to a crashing halt due to the coronavirus. Spring training was canceled and there still is no set date for Opening Day. 

"What happened here, for the coronavirus stuff, was totally different," Daniels said. "You're at this peak workload and then all of a sudden it just stops. It's a total cliff. And that is really confusing, because you go from having certain tasks you're supposed to have every day to just nothing." 

[RELATED: How Dubon is staying ready after missing first Opening Day]

MLB and the MLB Players' Association came to an agreement on an array of topics Friday morning. But there still are so many questions that must answered. 

When will the season begin? How many games will be played? Will there be fans at games? Where will the games be played? Will there a shortened spring training before the season starts? 

These are all questions that players and fans are both wondering. The same can be said for those trying to turn players into their best selves like Daniels is doing for San Francisco.