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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."

[RELATED: Pablo 'won't be sad' Huff will not be at 2010 Giants reunion]

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.

Pablo Sandoval reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to reunion

Pablo Sandoval reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to reunion

When Pablo Sandoval pinch-hit for reliever Sam Coonrod in an 8-4 Giants loss against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 1, it seemed like it could be his last at-bat in front of the home fans at Oracle Park. Sandoval was set to undergo Tommy John surgery and entered the offseason as a free agent. 

But Sandoval is back with San Francisco after he signed a minor league contract with the Giants in late January. His former teammate, Aubrey Huff, will not be back at Oracle Park later this season. 

The Giants on Monday announced they have told Huff, the Giants' starting first baseman in 2010, that he is not welcome at the ballpark when they celebrate their 2010 World Series title. 

"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 organization said Monday in a statement. "Aubrey has 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."

Sandoval reacted to the Giants' decision on Tuesday, and told the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman that he "won't be sad" that Huff won't be at the World Series reunion.

Huff and Sandoval were teammates for three years from 2010 to 2012 and won two championships together. Huff hit .294 with one homer in the 2010 World Series, while Sandoval was named World Series MVP in 2012. 

[RELATED: Sandoval far ahead of schedule in his Tommy John rehab]

The Giants plan to celebrate the 2010 team on Aug. 16 during a game against the Colorado Rockies and will give out replica rings to the fans in attendance.

Huff has not been around the ballpark much since retiring after the 2012 season, but he came back to San Francisco in September for Bruce Bochy's final game as the Giants' manager. 

Giants say they won't include Aubrey Huff in 2010 World Series reunion

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Giants say they won't include Aubrey Huff in 2010 World Series reunion

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants do celebrations and nostalgia better than anyone, and quite a bit of time will be devoted this season to looking back at the 2010 team that finally brought a title to San Francisco. But a key member of that team will not be invited to Oracle Park because of tweets he sent this offseason. 

The Giants have told Aubrey Huff, the starting first baseman on that team, that he is not welcome at the ballpark when they celebrate the 2010 championship. 

"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 organization said Monday in a statement. "Aubrey has 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."

The Athletic first reported Monday that Huff would not be included, and the 43-year-old told the website that he was "shocked" and "disappointed" by the decision.

"If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be having a reunion," Huff told The Athletic. "But if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive b------t, that's fine."

Huff hit .290 with 26 homers for the 2010 Giants and then dropped off over the next two years. He resurfaced years later with a Twitter account that often goes for shock value but crossed the line two notable times in the offseason. Giants officials were particularly taken aback by two tweets. 

In November, Huff tweeted a photo from a gun range with the caption "Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event" that Bernie Sanders beats Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In January, he tweeted about taking a flight to Iran to "kidnap about 10" women, writing "bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things."

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Huff has not been around the ballpark much since retiring, but he came back to San Francisco in September for Bruce Bochy's final game, receiving a mixed reaction from the crowd. 

The Giants plan to celebrate the 2010 team on Aug. 16 and give out replica rings to the fans in attendance.