Pablo Sandoval is overweight, again.
The Giants are reportedly not happy with the third baseman’s fitness level and he is listed at 262 pounds at the beginning of spring training. He was listed at 240 pounds last season.
Manager Bruce Bochy told the Mercury News that Sandoval will go through extra conditioning in the morning and afternoons.
Sandoval, the MVP of the 2012 World Series, had issues with his weight in 2010 when he tipped the scales at 274 pounds. He hit .268 that season, the lowest of his career.
ProSource.net documented his weight loss after the dismal season by talking with his trainer Ethan Banning. Banning said Pablo lost over 35 pounds with a “regular exercise schedule” and a carefully monitored diet.
The Giants may want to contact Banning again as they need one of their top sluggers in playing shape if they wish to repeat as World Series Champions.
Teammate Marco Scutaro disagrees with Bochy and the rest of the organization. “He just finished playing like a week ago,” said Scutaro. “He’s good. He’s fine.”
While some could argue that Sandoval performed well in the World Series at a similar weight, it is understandable why the Giants are concerned and would like him to shed a few pounds.
“I feel in shape,” Sandoval told Chris Haft of MLB.com. “Who cares what other people say?”
Pablo Sandoval’s first action this season will be with Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Their first game is March 7.
– – Shea Raff