Pablo Sandoval foul ball destroyed a reporter’s laptop (Video)

After starting the season off slowly, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been hitting nearly everything in sight lately. He came into Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with a 12-game hitting streak in tact.

Unfortunately for Sandoval, his streak is no more after going 0-for-3.

Also among the things that are no more is the laptop of Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon, which was reduced to scrap heap material after it was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Sandoval. Sheldon shared the above photo via his Twitter account with “RIP my laptop” as part of the caption, which is appropriate since it’s no longer with us.


Photo via Twitter/m_sheldon

H/T Big Lead

Pablo Sandoval takes latest swing ever on attempted hit and run (Video)

Pablo Sandoval swingWhen you are batting and a hit-and-run play is called, you have one job and one job only: swing the darn bat.

It doesn’t matter if the pitch is coming at your dome, going behind you, in the dirt, or over your head. If you’re not swinging, you’re getting chewed out by your coach. Pablo Sandoval knows this, which is why he swung to try protecting Brandon Belt in the second inning of his team’s 2-1 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. The only problem is he had a slight bit of a delayed reaction on his swing.

Sandoval took a comically late swing with an 0-1 count because he was initially worried that a pitch from Charlie Morton was going to hit him. So after moving out of the way to avoid the pitch, Panda realized he still needed to do his job of protecting the runner, so he gave a courtesy wave of the bat. His effort may have even helped, because catcher Tony Sanchez burped the ball into center, allowing Belt to grab an extra base.

Good job, good effort, Panda.

Pablo Sandoval deserved World Series MVP, and so did Giants’ pitching

Pablo Sandoval practically added his name to the World Series MVP trophy when he clubbed three home runs in Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers, so it was no surprise to hear him named MVP of the Fall Classic after the Giants swept the Tigers on Sunday night.

Sandoval was as deserving as a World Series MVP can get. The two-time All-Star hit .500 (8-for-16) in the World Series with a team-high 4 RBIs and 18 total bases. He also made history in Game 1 by becoming the fourth player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game.

Sandoval was also the team’s overall postseason MVP. His 24 hits were one short of tying a postseason record. He led the Giants with the 24 hits, 6 home runs, 13 RBIs, and 47 total bases. Sandoval posted a 1.098 OPS against what’s supposed to be the best pitching in baseball.

While Sandoval was the clear offensive standout for the Giants throughout the playoffs, San Francisco had many pitchers truly elevate their games during the postseason.

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Pablo Sandoval hits three home runs in historic night (Video)

The San Francisco Giants trounced the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night in San Francisco, and they were led by Pablo Sandoval who had a historic night.

The pudgy third baseman affectionately nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” went 4-for-4 with three home runs, a single, three runs scored, and four RBIs in what was nearly a perfect night at the plate. Sandoval was pulled for a defensive replacement late in the game, but not before amassing 13 total bases — one less than Albert Pujols’ record 14 achieved in last year’s World Series.

Sandoval, a two-time All-Star, joined Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson, and Babe Ruth (twice) as the only players in MLB history to homer three times in a World Series game. His three-homer game was also the second in AT&T Park history. Former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Kevin Elster was the first player to hit three home runs in a game at the park. Elster accomplished the feat on April 11, 2000, in the first game ever at the park, back when it was named Pac Bell Park.

Let’s recap Sandoval’s three home runs:

    - First off Justin Verlander went 411 feet to center
    – Second off Justin Verlander went 360 feet to left field
    – Third off Al Alburquerque went 422 feet to center

Sandoval was already considered one of the better hitters in the National League, but Wednesday’s magical performance may have put him in a new category. He is now in a class with three other players, two of who are already in the Hall of Fame, and a third who will be joining them before long. Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols, and Pablo Sandoval. That is some impressive company.

Giants combine for craziest catch of the year (Video)

Giants infielders Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford combined to make one of the craziest catches of the year, though it was Crawford’s amazing reflexes that made it possible. Astros catcher Jason Castro fouled a ball down the left field line during Tuesday’s game and Sandoval, who was playing third, seemed to have it. Sandoval lost control of the ball as he went to the ground, and he flipped it in the air unintentionally. Crawford alertly dove for it and made an awesome grab to end the first.

Crawford also made a sweet over-the-shoulder basket catch later in the game just so you would know that wasn’t a fluke. The second-year player isn’t doing much at the plate, but he’s holding his own at shortstop for the Giants.

Sandy Alderson: Pablo Sandoval beat David Wright in All-Star voting because of his ‘cute nickname’

Pablo Sandoval won the fan vote to become the starter for the National League All-Star team at third base despite missing over a month because of a hand injury and having inferior stats to David Wright. The Mets have understandably been upset that Wright wasn’t voted in as the starter given how much he’s outperforming the competition.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson let loose at the whole spectacle with the following tweet:

Pretty strong burn from Alderson. He and anyone who values integrity in the All-Star Game starting lineups should be upset that Sandoval was voted in as the starter, but Alderson’s tweet overlooks two important factors in Sandoval winning the vote: He’s liked by Giants fans because he’s good, and Giants fans stuffed the ballot box for almost all their eligible players.

Buster Posey won the fan vote over Yadier Molina and Carlos Ruiz, both of whom were more deserving. Giants fans also made Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Melky Cabrera, and Angel Pagan some of the most-voted players.

So no, the Pablo Sandoval didn’t win the vote because he has a cute “Kung Fu Panda” nickname, but because Giants fans stuff the ballot box. And don’t think they’re above rigging the vote, either. They’ve done it before.

H/T Hardball Talk

Pablo Sandoval Talks to His Bat, Hits Two Home Runs (Video)

It is easy to poke fun at athletes for their strange superstitions — especially baseball players. When rumors about a high school team prompts this type of investigation you can’t help but laugh.  When an All-Star second basemen does this in an attempt to break out of a slump or Aubrey Huff chooses to wear these underwear, they become easy targets of ridicule.  But if it works, what can you say?  Pablo Sandoval channeled his inner Pedro Cerrano Monday night and it paid off in a huge way after he belted two home runs.  Check out the video of Pablo Sandoval talking to his bat:

Whatever serious conversation he was having with his lumber must have worked.  The question is does he talk to the bat all the time and just happened to hit two homers in this game, or did he hit two homers after deciding to give his wand a lecture.  Either way, that is pretty impressive.