Former MLB star Aubrey Huff has praised Brett Favre for supporting President Donald Trump in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election.
On Friday morning, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback announced on Twitter that he would vote for Trump next week.
“My vote is for what makes this country great: freedom of speech and religion, 2nd Amnd, hard-working taxpaying citizens, police and military,” the three-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XXXI winner tweeted.
“In this election we have the freedom of choice that everyone should respect. For me & these principles is my vote for @RealDonaldTrump. #Vote for…#
My vote is for what makes this country great: freedom of speech and religion, 2nd Amnd, hard-working taxpaying citizens, police and military. In this election we have freedom of choice that everyone should respect. For me and these principles my vote is for @RealDonaldTrump. #Vote âï¸ðºð¸
– Board Favre (@BrettFavre) October 30, 2020
It was not long before Huff declared his approval of Favre’s message.
The two-time World Series winner praised the former NFL star for publicly supporting Trump and suggested that the majority of MLB players and staff would agree with the sentiment.
“Hell, yeah, Brett,” Huff tweeted.
“Thanks for having the balls to support our president. I’m not sure about the NFL. But I do know that in the MLB the vast majority of players and staff are conservative.”
Hell, yeah, Brett. Thanks for having the balls to support our president. I’m not so sure about the NFL. But I do know that in the MLB, the vast majority of the players and staff are conservative.
– Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) October 30, 2020
Huff has long been an outspoken Trump supporter, and earlier this week he hinted that polls in the run-up to next week’s election would not give an accurate picture, suggesting that Trump should win comfortably in California.
“If it’s a fair election, there’s no way @realDonaldTrump will lose California,” the two-time World Series champion tweeted on Sunday night.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s average of the polls in the presidential election, Biden is on track to win 62 percent of California’s vote, while Trump is currently 26 points behind with 36 percent.
California last voted for a Republican candidate in the 1988 presidential election when George H. W. Bush led the state.
Last November Huff posted a picture on Twitter of him holding a target with holes in it, suggesting that he was teaching his boys how to use a gun in the “unlikely event” that Bernie Sanders had defeated Trump in the presidential election – Sanders later withdrew from the Democratic Party primaries before supporting Biden.
Which MLB figures support Trump?
While the accuracy of Huff’s claim remains difficult to verify, Trump certainly has many supporters in baseball circles.
In August, former New York Yankees and Mets batter Darryl Strawberry, who praised Trump in 2017 in an interview with Sports Illustrated for being “very kind and caring”, was among those attending the Republican Convention.
Last year, two-time World Series winner and former Yankees Grand Champion Mariano Rivera said the President was doing “his best for the United States of America,” and his former teammate and two-time World Series winner Johnny Damon has also been a long time supporter of Trump.
The former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling, was also an outspoken supporter of the President, claiming last year that his conservative political views had cost him a place in the MLB Hall of Fame.
Former Red Sox colleague Clay Buchholz and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer have both supported Trump in the past.
Meanwhile, even though they may not directly support Trump, the majority of MLB owners have their colors firmly tied to the Republican pole.
A new report released Wednesday by ESPN and FiveThirtyEight estimates that owners of professional U.S. sports franchises have donated approximately $47 million to federal candidates over the past five years.
In the 2020 election cycle, the owners have so far donated $10 million to Republican campaigns and political action committees (PAC), compared to a combined $1.9 million to the Democratic Party.
The MLB has been by far the most generous league in terms of owners’ contributions, with a total of just over $20 million donated to both parties since 2015.
According to the Federal Election Commission, the lion’s share of the money went into the Republican treasury, which received just over $15 million, compared to the $5.1 million donated to the Democrats.