The World Series champions are not happy with Pablo Sandoval’s weight gain once again and the San Francisco Giants will have to figure out a way to slim down the slugger.
Fans of the Giants may remember last year, when an overweight Sandoval was getting ready to return to the lineup in early June after undergoing surgery to repair his left hand. Manager Bruce Bochy met with “Kung Fu Panda” and questioned whether he was fit enough to play defense at third base. Bochy also reiterated that there was no way he was going to move Sandoval over to first because the team already had enough first basemen at the time.
Fast forward to 2013 and it looks like San Francisco has the same issue all over again. Sandoval showed up at spring training weighing 262 pounds, which is hugely unacceptable. However, it may be difficult for the World Series MVP to take it off, considering he may not even be aware of it.
“I feel in shape,” said Sandoval. “Who cares what other people say? I’m here to do my job.”
The Giants are thrilled that he is ready to compete in camp and help the team defend their title, but the last thing they need is an out-of-shape player manning a position that sees plenty of action. In order to try and slim down the 26-year-old, Sandoval will be required to do extra conditioning work before and after team workouts.
“Like all the guys, we’ve got to get ourselves in game condition,” Bochy said. “Even though he’s been playing games, it’s fair to say he has to shed a few pounds, and he will. He has the time.”
I seriously doubt Sandoval’s weight gain will be a problem if he can get it under control before the start of the regular season. It is not as if he is the only player in Major League Baseball to show up to camp on the chubby side. Some guys are able to keep the weight off in the off-season while others, such as Sandoval, will probably have to deal with this same exact issue at the start of camp every year.
One thing is for sure: if the left-handed batter can perform like he did in the 2012 postseason, then I seriously doubt the Giants will care that much going forward.