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Pablo Sandoval admits he has 1 big regret from his MLB career

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Jun 11, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) walks on the field prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Pandas can apparently have regrets as well.

Former All-Star slugger Pablo Sandoval spoke this week in a GQ interview and opened up about one big regret that he has from his MLB career — leaving the San Francisco Giants for the Boston Red Sox in 2014.

“I should have stayed, I know,” said Sandoval in the interview. “I learned my lesson. But I’m happy I went through it, man, because I kept my eyes open and learned a lot of things.”

Sandoval, now 35, was the man in San Francisco for many years. He made his MLB debut for the Giants in 2008 and had a hand in three World Series titles for the team in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Sandoval also made two All-Star teams in San Francisco and was the World Series MVP in 2012. But he left after the 2014 season to sign a five-year, $90 million deal with the Red Sox. There, Sandoval ended up fizzling, and he was released by Boston midway through the third season.

In retrospect, you can’t really fault Sandoval for chasing the bag, particularly since he had certain personal issues that hampered his pro career. Sandoval would eventually get his happy ending too, returning to the Giants for four more seasons from 2017 to 2020.

These days, Sandoval is still playing in the Mexican League and recently went viral for squashing an unfortunate catcher like a bug. Thus, we can probably say that everything worked out just fine for the Kung Fu Panda.

Video: Pablo Sandoval totally destroys catcher in Mexican League

Pablo Sandoval collision

Pablo Sandoval’s Major League Baseball career is probably over, but the San Francisco Giants icon is still plugging away in the Mexican Baseball League. Fortunately, that is still enough to provide some great highlights.

Sandoval plays for Olmecas de Tabasco, and was in action Thursday against Saraperos de Saltillo. With the game tied in the 7th, Sandoval attempted to score on a base hit, but the throw to the plate beat him by quite a bit. Sandoval resorted to a tactic he couldn’t do anymore in MLB — he absolutely destroyed catcher Hans Wilson to try and dislodge the baseball.

No, the tactic did not work. Sandoval was out, though Wilson had to leave the game as a result of the collision. Sandoval and Olmecas wound up winning the game 7-6.

Sandoval has always been a very big guy, so there is no way that was a pleasant collision to be on the end of. There’s a reason MLB banned these sorts of collisions, after all.

Sandoval is actually doing pretty well in the Mexican League. The former All-Star is hitting .281 with a .365 OBP and seven home runs.

Video: Chris Taylor runs into Pablo Sandoval in collision at first base

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Chris Taylor had a not-so-nice collision with Pablo Sandoval at first base on Friday night.

During the bottom of the fifth inning of the second game of the MLB season between the Dodgers and Giants in Los Angeles, Taylor reached on an infield single. The throw from third was high and forced Sandoval to jump up for the ball. Taylor ended up crashing right into Sandoval.

That did not look pleasant.

Despite running into Sandoval, Taylor ended up being alright. He was caught stealing to end the inning, but the Dodgers were able to increase their lead to 4-1.

The play reminded many of another infamous moment in sports.

Giants reporter addresses now infamous Pablo Sandoval photo

Pablo Sandoval went viral on Sunday after an unflattering photo showed him looking very overweight, and the reporter who shared the image was disgusted by the reaction to it.

Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic tweeted a photo of Sandoval taking grounders at third base during Giants camp, and many were stunned at how big the 33-year-old looked. That led to a number of fans and outlets mocking Sandoval, which bothered Baggarly. In a series of tweets, Baggarly explained why he shared the photo and ripped those who taunted Sandoval over it.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler was also disappointed by the reaction to the photo, saying he “wouldn’t wish it on anybody” and that Sandoval looks “healthy.”

Major League Baseball has implemented a universal DH for the shortened 2020 season, so Sandoval will likely be used mostly as a hitter anyway. As long as his weight doesn’t impact his hitting, Kapler probably is not concerned.

Sandoval was listed at 268 pounds at one point, and one of his former trainers once detailed the extent of Sandoval’s eating problem. Despite that, the former World Series MVP hit .268 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 108 games for San Francisco last season.

Giants manager says Pablo Sandoval is ‘healthy’ despite unflattering viral photo

Pablo Sandoval seems to have fallen back into some old bad habits, but San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler does not sound too worried about him.

An unflattering image of the veteran slugger Sandoval looking seriously hefty went viral this week amid the resumption of team workouts. Have a look:

Speaking with the media on Sunday, Kapler addressed Sandoval’s weight.

“He’s demonstrated he’s healthy,” said Kapler, per Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. “That’s the most important thing. He’s not going to lead off for us. He slugs. He’s a good DH candidate. He’s got nice soft hands. All those things are present in camp and those are the things we’ll be focusing on.”

Sandoval, the two-time All-Star and former World Series MVP, will turn 34 next month. He is on his second stint with the Giants and hit .268 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 108 games last season.

Formally listed at 268 pounds, Sandoval has historically struggled with his weight, and a former trainer once detailed the extent of his eating problem. The 2020 season will feature the use of a universal designated hitter though, so as long as Sandoval’s weight does not impact his ability to produce at the plate, Kapler probably will not be overly concerned.

Pablo Sandoval will undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pablo Sandoval’s comeback season with the San Francisco Giants has come to a premature end.

The team announced Saturday that Sandoval would undergo reconstructive elbow surgery at the start of September, ending his season and putting 2020 in jeopardy.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network had pointed out that this was a possibility, and it comes at a bad time for the Giants’ veteran.

Sandoval has been on the IL since August 14.

The 33-year-old saw his career fall off a cliff when he left San Francisco for Boston prior to the 2015 season. When they cut him loose in 2017, he returned to the Giants. He turned in a surprisingly strong season in 2019, hitting .269 with 14 home runs in 107 games despite nearly missing the roster. Sandoval is not an elite player at this point, but there was some pop left in his bat this season. Tommy John surgery could be very hard to come back from.

Giants fan who caught home run while holding baby left Sandoval impressed

Catching a ball hit into the stands during an MLB game while holding something else may be one of the more impressive fan feats around. Doing it while holding a baby might be the toughest of all.

A Giants fan caught a Pablo Sandoval home run on Friday night with his free hand while simultaneously holding a baby in the other arm, with the child turning out no worse for wear whatsoever.

Sandoval was duly impressed by this man when he saw the replay.

Catching a baseball hit into the stands on the fly is not an easy thing to do it, and some fans have badly screwed it up under much easier circumstances. Sandoval is right. The guy deserves props.

Pablo Sandoval leaves game after being spiked by Max Muncy

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Pablo Sandoval left Monday night’s San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers after being spiked by Max Muncy.

Muncy was batting with two on and two outs in the bottom of the fifth and grounded a ball up the middle. Shortstop Brandon Crawford was pulled to the second base side of the bag and spun before throwing. His throw went up the first base line, causing Sandoval to dive for it while keeping his foot on the bag.

Sandoval’s right hand was on the ground and exposed in the basepath and ended up stepped on by Muncy. He grabbed his hand immediately and went down to his knee as he called the trainer out.

Sandoval was due to lead off the top of the sixth but was replaced by a pinch hitter. He was 1-for-2 prior to exiting the game.

Despite seemingly being on the roster bubble in spring training, Sandoval leads the Giants in batting average and slugging percentage and is tied for the team lead in doubles and home runs this season.

Pablo Sandoval’s roster spot with Giants in jeopardy

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Pablo Sandoval’s future with the San Francisco Giants seems to be in question after the team’s latest move.

The Giants on Thursday acquired utility man Connor Joe from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Jordan Johnson. San Francisco DFAd Drew Ferguson to make room on the 40-man roster for Joe.

Joe is versatile and has experience playing first, third, and the outfield during his minor league career. A guy who could play the corners was the role Sandoval was fighting for, so having Joe around, who as a bonus can play the outfield, could mean Sandoval has no spot.

Carrying eight relievers, plus five starting pitchers and eight starting position players leaves the Giants with only four bench spots. They need a backup catcher for one, a fourth outfielder for another, leaving them two more spots. They probably want a guy who can play middle infield for one of the other bench spots, leaving just one more spot left. If it’s between Sandoval and Joe, Sandoval’s ability to play catcher is a plus, but Joe being better as an outfielder might be more useful.

We’ll see how things play out, but things are looking shaky for the guy who once signed a 5-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

Pablo Sandoval wants to catch and pitch for Giants

Pablo Sandoval wants to do a little bit of everything for the San Francisco Giants.

Sandoval served as a pitcher in one April appearance for the Giants last season in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that his third baseman has already volunteered for that role again — and he wants to be the team’s emergency catcher, too.

It’s easy to forget now, but in his minor league career Sandoval got a decent amount of use as a catcher. That was a long time ago, but he obviously hasn’t lost the desire to do it. Considering that Bochy gave him pretty solid reviews for his pitching cameo, the manager might just let him reprise that role, too.