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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.

Zac Efron reveals epic Dusty Baker autograph story as young Giants fan

Zac Efron reveals epic Dusty Baker autograph story as young Giants fan

When he was the Giants' manager, Dusty Baker might not have known it at one particular moment, but he was signing a ball for someone who would one day be one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood.

All he knew was a young kid with bleached hair wanted his autograph. That fan was Zac Efron.

Efron, a long-time Giants fan, recently told a story about his encounter with Baker on an episode of "Hot Ones."

Without skipping a beat, Efron talked about a special baseball he has that was signed by the former skipper. But there was a fun story behind it. 

"He drove by, and he was on a motorcycle, so he didn't have a window he could roll up," Efron said. "I ran up to him with a baseball, and I was like 'Will you sign this?' I had a blue pen and the sweet spot of a brand-new ball, and I showed it to him, and Dusty was like 'Ah, I can't right now, I gotta go to church.'"

Efron said after hearing that response, he assumed that just meant Baker didn't have time to sign the ball but said he would be back in 30 minutes.

Baker left. Efron was sure the three-time Manager of the Year wouldn't return, but the motorcycle and Baker returned 45 minutes later.

"I was like 'No way!' And he literally pointed right at me, and was like, 'Come over here.'"

The "High School Musical," star got his autograph. It meant a lot to him with Baker making a special trip to come back and get him that signature. And I'm sure the motorcycle was a nice extra touch. 

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"It was really cool," Efron said of the event. 

Baker was the Giants manager for a decade from 1993-02 and finished with an 840-715 record. He's now managing the Houston Astros.

Giants release several veterans, including lefty reliever Jerry Blevins

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Giants release several veterans, including lefty reliever Jerry Blevins

Major League Baseball put a freeze on transactions when an agreement was reached between MLB and the Players Association, but before that happened the Giants reportedly released several veterans, including one who came to camp with a decent shot at winning a job. 

Left-hander Jerry Blevins was one of 17 players released by the organization between March 1 and April 1, according to Baseball America. Blevins, who has pitched in the big leagues for 13 seasons, had allowed nine earned runs in 3 2/3 Cactus League innings before baseball went on break because of COVID-19. He entered camp with a shot at winning a job as a lefty in the bullpen, but the Giants got dominant spring performances from Wandy Peralta and Jarlin Garcia, who should join Tony Watson whenever the season resumes. 

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The Giants also released right-hander Matt Carasiti, who was throwing well in camp before his elbow flared up, leading to Tommy John surgery. Rehabbing pitchers often re-sign with the team on a different contract, although it's unclear if the plan is for Carasiti to do that. Brandon Guyer also stood out on the list. The veteran was signed as a depth outfielder who can hit lefties well, although he was not in big league camp. 

The others released were right-handers Jamie Callahan, Israel Cruz, Dylan Davis, Logan Harasta, Trevor Horn, Andy Rohloff and Ben Strahm; lefty Deiyerbert Bolivar; catcher Chris Corbett; second baseman Kyle McPherson; and outfielders Gio Brusa, Mikey Edie, Jose Layer and Randy Norris. Brusa. 

Blevins and Carasiti were the only players on the list who were in big league camp.