Giants Star Criticizes Team For Hiring Alyssa Nakken
A Giants star criticized the team for hiring Alyssa Nakken this week.
Nakken became major league baseball’s first female fulltime coach on Thursday.
The former Sacramento State softball player’s historic promotion immediately became a hot-button issue, as things involving gender roles in sports typically do nowadays.
While San Francisco manager Gape Kapler saw no issues with Nakken’s new job, at least one former player did.
Huff lambasted his former organization for the move on Friday, essentially suggesting that it was simply done for the sake of political correctness.
I got in trouble for wearing a thong in my own clubhouse when female reporters were present. Can’t imagine how it will play out with a full time female coach running around. This has #metoo & #BelieveAllWomen written all over it. Only in @SFGiants https://t.co/z9Q0GeklSG
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) January 17, 2020
“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.”
Huff retired from major league baseball in 2014 after 13 years as a pro. Over the course of his career he played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Giants.
Kapler, for his part, does not seem overly concerned with Huff’s take.
“Simply, I think she’s going to be a great coach,” he said, per ESPN.
“Merit and the ability to be a great coach trumps all.”
Nakken is a three-time All-Conference softball player who has worked for the Giants in some capacity since 2014. She started out as an intern, before ultimately moving to a department that allowed her to oversee health and wellness initiatives.
In 2015 Nakken served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of San Francisco’s baseball team, during which time she earned a Master’s in sports management.
As of Friday afternoon, neither Nakken nor anyone within the organization had responded to Huff’s criticism.