A former slugger believes his ex-team is making a big mistake by interviewing a woman for the open manager position.
Aubrey Huff, who won two World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and 2012, is critical of the team interviewing assistant coach Alyssa Nakken to potentially take over as manager.
Earlier this week, Nakken reportedly became the first woman to apply for the job in major league history.
Huff posted on social media that the Giants had become “embarrassed” as an organization and praised Texas Rangers coach Bruce Bochy for “bringing an old-school mentality.”
But that wasn’t all Huff had to say – he reiterated his beliefs in an interview on OutKick The Morning with Charly Arnolt.
“I 100% believe in what I tweeted there. I think analytics and the bright, progressive nerds in the front offices of today’s baseball organizations – the only way they can get into baseball is to find a way to make up these ridiculous statistics that mean nothing, to score woke political points, especially in San Francisco, and be a part of the game they could never play,” Huff said.
“And when you have guys like Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, you even hear Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter talking before the game about how there are no iPads in the dugout, it’s old fashioned, management has to be gut feeling, I totally agree and completely closed. I never in my life thought I would agree with A-Rod, but I did.”
Although Nakken has been the team’s assistant coach for three years, Huff feared that a woman at the helm could have negative consequences for the clubhouse.
“I believe that a woman… if she has dreams and goals, then that’s okay. But in my opinion, as a woman in a Major League Baseball clubhouse with a group of men, only bad things can happen,” Huff said. “Men are not wired to take orders from a woman. It’s just not us.
“Especially when a woman has never played Major League Baseball at 97 miles per hour. How is she supposed to gain respect?”
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Huff, who also played for Tampa Bay, Houston, Baltimore and Detroit in his 13-year career, also addressed possible “MeToo” consequences if she gets the job.
“What about the ‘Believe all women #MeToo movement’? God forbid she accidentally slaps a guy’s ass – who knows? Anything could go wrong. Nothing good could happen.”
He continued that the interview with Nakken was merely an attempt to please “woke” viewers and score “political points.”
“The only reason you watch her is because she doesn’t get hired. It’s about ticking a box, political points. I don’t think she’ll get the job, but it’s just like, ‘Look, we woke up, we’re San Francisco, we looked at her,'” he said.
Huff added that he doesn’t think he’s nearly as qualified for the job as other candidates.
However, she was a three-time All-Conference selection and four-time Academic All American during her time at Sacramento State University from 2009 to 2012, and earned her master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco after completing an internship in the Giants’ baseball operations department had completed in 2014.