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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval
Sandoval with the San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox – No. 48
Third baseman
Born: (1986-08-11) August 11, 1986
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 14, 2008 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .294
Hits 946
Home runs 106
Runs batted in 462
On-base percentage .346
Slugging percentage .465
Career highlights and awards

MLB Records

  • Hit 3 consecutive home runs in his first three at-bats during Game 1 of the 2012 World Series
  • Had three-homer games in regular season and postseason (one of six players to do so)
  • Three-homer game in back-to-back seasons
  • 26 hits, single postseason (2014)

Pablo Emilio Juan Pedro Sandoval, Jr., (born August 11, 1986) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the San Francisco Giants. Nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda" (or simply "the Panda"). Sandoval is a two-time All-Star and has won three World Series championships with the Giants. Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, becoming just the fourth person to hit three home runs in a World Series game, and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). During the offseason, he plays for the Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Sandoval is a 5 foot 11 inch (1.80 m), 240-pound (109 kg) switch hitter.[1]

Sandoval was born in Venezuela. He grew up an avid baseball fan, playing the game with his older brother and following the careers of Omar Vizquel and Andrés Galarraga. In 2002, Sandoval was signed by the San Francisco Giants. He worked his way through the minor leagues and debuted with the Giants in 2008, batting .345 in 41 games. Capable of playing first base, third base, and catcher, Sandoval became the Giants' starting third baseman in 2009, ceasing to catch that year and playing first base only occasionally. In 2009, Sandoval finished second in All-Star Final Vote balloting, batting .330 with 25 home runs and 90 runs batted in (RBI) in his first full season in the majors. However, Sandoval struggled in 2010 and was benched during the playoffs for the 2010 World Series, which the Giants won. He lost weight before 2011 and hit .315 with 23 home runs in 117 games. Injuries limited him to 108 games in 2012, but he was selected to his second-straight All-Star Game. Then, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, he joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series Game. For his contributions, Sandoval was named the World Series Most Valuable Player as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers. In 2013, he appeared in 141 games, batting .278 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI.

Early life

Sandoval was born to Pablo, Sr., and Amelia Sandoval on August 11, 1986, in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela. He practiced baseball in an empty two-car garage with his older brother, Michael. His favorite players were Omar Vizquel (later his teammate on the Giants) and Andrés Galarraga. He was born left-handed but wanted to be able to play shortstop like Vizquel. Thus, at nine, he taught himself to throw right-handed as well. He can still throw with both hands, but throws right-handed during games.[2]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Sandoval received notice from scouts in 2002, when he went to the Dominican Republic for a scouting tournament. A scout for the Texas Rangers told Sandoval he would come to Venezuela to sign him, but he did not show up. After two weeks, Ciro Villalobos, a scout for the San Francisco Giants, offered Sandoval a contract, and he signed.[2] Sandoval began his professional career as a catcher in 2004 with the rookie AZL Giants, hitting .266 with no home runs and 26 runs batted in (RBI) in 177 at bats.[3]

In 2005, he was used almost entirely as a third baseman while playing for the Single-A short season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.[3] He hit .330 (second in the Northwest League to Mike Mooney's .342) with three home runs and 50 RBIs (one behind Luis Valbuena's total).[4] His batting average slumped in 2006 to .265. He had one home run and 49 RBIs with the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League that year, splitting time between first and third base. In 2007, he played for the Single-A advanced San Jose Giants, hitting .287 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. That season, he was used as a catcher and first baseman, and he helped San Jose win the California League championship.[1][3]

In 2008, he spent time with two minor league teams, San Jose and the Double-A Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League, before being called up to the majors. In 273 at bats for San Jose, he hit .359 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs. In 175 at bats with Connecticut, he hit .337 with 8 homers and 37 RBIs. In total, he hit .350 with 20 home runs and 96 RBIs in 2008.[3]

San Francisco Giants


Sandoval catching for the San Francisco Giants.

Sandoval was called up to the Majors on August 13, 2008.[5] He debuted the next day, going 0-for-3 in a 7–4 loss to the Houston Astros. In his first Major League Baseball (MLB) plate appearance, he hit an RBI sacrifice fly.[6] He got his first hit against Mike Hampton in the second inning of his next game, August 16, on his way to going 3-for-5 in an 11–5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.[7] In 41 games in 2008, he hit .345 with 3 home runs and 24 RBI, striking out only 14 times and grounding into just six double plays in 154 at-bats.[1] He hit his first MLB home run on August 27 off Liván Hernández in a 4–1 triumph over the Colorado Rockies.[8]

On defense, Sandoval was used at first base, at third base, and at catcher.[9] Teammate Barry Zito gave Sandoval the nickname "Kung Fu Panda"[10] (after the then-recent movie); in a Zito win on September 19, the rotund Sandoval scored a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers by acrobatically jumping over the tag of catcher Danny Ardoin.[11]


Sandoval made the Giants' Opening Day roster out of spring training in 2009 as the Giants' starting third baseman and backup catcher.[12][13] He served as a personal catcher for Zito at the beginning of the year.[14] On May 12, Sandoval hit his first walk-off home run against Joe Beimel to beat the Washington Nationals 9–7.[15] Following an elbow injury to Sandoval in May, the Giants called up Eli Whiteside to serve as the backup catcher on May 24; since then, Sandoval has not been used at all as a catcher.[1][16] After 73 games played, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler wrote that Sandoval had made the most impressive transition from the Giants farm system since 1986 when Will Clark and Robby Thompson were rookies.[17]

Sandoval's first days in the majors were marked by a tendency to free swing. Giants hitting coach Carney Lansford noted that Sandoval contributed to the team's drawing the fewest walks in the National League at a time when the overall number of walks throughout baseball had increased. "As much as I try to get him to be disciplined, it's like caging a lion. He leaves the dugout ready to swing the bat. I literally tell him before every at-bat, 'Swing at a strike.'"[18] Sandoval himself characterized his approach as "See ball, swing."[19] In July 2009, he was named a Sprint Final Vote candidate for the 80th annual All-Star Game for the final roster spot on the National League team.[19] He was edged by Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies on the last day of voting.[20]

On July 6, Sandoval hit his first career grand slam at home at AT&T Park against Sean West of the visiting Florida Marlins in a 5–4 victory.[21] He hit his first home run into McCovey Cove on July 30, the 50th anniversary of the MLB Debut of Willie McCovey, who was in attendance.[22] Sandoval said after the game, "It's special right now. I hit McCovey Cove and McCovey's here. He talks to me every time he's in the clubhouse."[23] Sandoval set a record for most hits by a Giants switch-hitter in a single season with 189 in 2009.[1]

Sandoval finished the 2009 season with 25 home runs and 90 RBI in 153 games. He had the second-highest batting average among NL hitters, at .330 (behind Hanley Ramirez's .342), and finished seventh in NL MVP voting.[24] Due to his service time in 2008, he was ineligible for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, which went to Chris Coghlan.[25]


During the offseason, the Giants had Sandoval work on losing weight.[26] Sandoval, however, saw a sophomore slump in 2010. He struggled all season to come close to his 2009 totals and saw himself dropped to eighth in the batting order in a game on June 5.[1] One bright spot in the season came on August 12, when Pat Burrell and Sandoval hit back-to-back home runs against Randy Wells of the Cubs in an 8–7 victory, but Sandoval's home run snapped a 46-game home run drought.[27] Sandoval finished the season with a .268 batting average, 13 home runs, and 63 RBI. He saw his batting average as a right-handed hitter plummet over 150 points from 2009, from .379 to .227. His batting average with runners in scoring position also dropped, from .301 in 2009 to .208 in 2010.[1] Overweight and unproductive, he was benched during the 2010 National League Championship Series for Juan Uribe and limited to three at-bats in the 2010 World Series. However, Sandoval earned his first World Series ring as the Giants won their first World Series since 1954, securing the championship in five games over the Texas Rangers.[28][29][30]


Sandoval tagging Ian Desmond at first base.

Entering 2011, the Giants made a publicized campaign called "Operation Panda", which was aimed at getting Sandoval into better shape during the offseason. By the end of 2010, he had weighed 278 pounds. Sandoval hired Triple Threat Performance of Tempe, Arizona, to help him lose weight and help improve his performance. "Operation Panda" worked masterfully, with the third baseman losing 30-plus pounds,[31] and more importantly, it led to results on the field for Sandoval. After a subpar 2010 season, Sandoval returned to his 2009 form. He got off to a good start in 2011, but suffered a broken right hamate bone in late April and missed 41 games.[32] He was activated off the DL on June 14 and had a 22-game hitting streak from June 19 through July 14.[1][33] On July 10, 2011, Sandoval was selected to the National League All-Star team, becoming the first All-Star position player for the Giants since Barry Bonds in 2007. In his first All-Star at bat, Sandoval hit an RBI ground-rule double against Brandon League, helping the NL win the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.[34]

On September 15, 2011, Sandoval hit for the cycle at Colorado against pitcher Jhoulys Chacín. He had (in order) a two-run HR in the 1st, single in the 2nd, double in the 5th and a triple in the 6th.[35] On September 19, 2011, Sandoval earned his first career "NL Player of the Week" Award.[36] In 2011, Sandoval hit .315 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs, a significant improvement from 2010. He only had 426 at bats for the season, down significantly from his totals from 2009 and 2010 due to the injury he suffered.[1]


On April 26, 2012, Sandoval hit a single in the fourth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This was the 19th consecutive game since Opening Day in which Sandoval had a hit, setting a Giants franchise record for longest consecutive hitting streak to begin a season. The previous record - of 18 games - was set by Johnny Rucker in 1945.[37] Sandoval ran it up to 20 before it was snapped.[1] However, in May, Sandoval fractured his left hamate bone, an injury which kept him out until early June. Giants' head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said the day before Sandoval had surgery, "I guess the good news is both [hamate bones] will be gone tomorrow and he can't do it again."[38][39] On July 1, 2012, it was announced that Sandoval had beaten out David Wright for his second All-Star team, as the starting third baseman for the National League. The choice was considered somewhat controversial by fans and executives (particularly Sandy Alderson), as David Wright had a significantly higher batting average than Sandoval at the time. Wright made the team as a reserve, and as a reporter pointed out, Sandoval in 2009 "outperformed Wright, who was the fans' choice to start."[40] On July 10, at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, Sandoval highlighted the NL's five-run opening inning with the first bases-loaded triple in the history of the Midsummer Classic, off of reigning American League (AL) Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.[41]

Sandoval in the 2012 World Series Parade.

Sandoval injured his left hamstring at the end of July and was on the DL for the second time in 2012, from July 28 through August 13.[42][43] On September 20, he homered from both sides of the plate in a 9–2 victory over Colorado, becoming the sixth San Francisco Giant to accomplish the feat.[44] In 108 games (396 at bats), Sandoval batted .283 with 112 hits, 12 home runs, and 63 RBI.[1]

On October 24, 2012, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, Sandoval hit three home runs — two of them off Verlander. He joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game, and is the first in history to hit those home runs in his first three plate appearances (in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings).[45][46] On October 28, Sandoval was named the World Series MVP.[28][29] He also won the Babe Ruth Award for his overall postseason performance.[47] Sandoval set a new Giants franchise record for most hits in a postseason with 24, which included six home runs.[48]


With the Giants trailing 1–0 in the ninth inning on April 30, 2013, Sandoval hit a two-run home run against Adrián Beltré as the only players to have three-homer games in both the regular season and the playoffs. In 141 games, Sandoval batted .278 with 146 hits, 14 home runs, and 79 RBI.[1]


"Operation Panda" did not last, and by the end of 2013, Sandoval again needed to lose weight. Encouraged by several of his teammates and Giants' general manager Brian Sabean, he showed up at spring training several pounds lighter.[55] The weight loss did not lead to immediate results for Sandoval, who batted .167 with just six RBI in his first 31 games through May 6. However, over his next 42 games through June 21, he batted .351 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. [56]

In the 2014 NLDS, with a game-tying, RBI double in the top of the 9th inning against the Washington Nationals, Sandoval extended his National League postseason hitting record to 13 consecutive games.

In game 3 of the 2014 World Series, his post-season on-base streak ended at 25. In game 4, while ailing with the flu, his 13th multi-hit post-season game brought him to second in that category in franchise history, behind Frankie Frisch.

In Kansas City, in Game 7 of the World Series, Sandoval caught Royals batter Salvador Perez' pop-up foul ball for the final out to clinch the World Series championship for the San Francisco Giants. It was the Giants' third World Championship in a span of five seasons.[57] Sandoval became a free agent after the season ended.

Boston Red Sox

On November 24, 2014, Sandoval came to an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, a five-year contract for $100 million with a club option for a fifth year. [58][59] The deal was officially announced on November 25.[60]

International career

Like many Venezuelan MLB players, Sandoval plays in the Venezuelan Winter League during the offseason. He plays for the Navegantes del Magallanes. In 2013, Sandoval led his team to its first series title since the 2002 winter ball season. He was named the MVP of the Venezuelan postseason, three months after being named the 2012 World Series MVP. Sandoval said, "There's nothing like being champion here in Venezuela with the Navegantes. Although it can't be compared with winning the World Series, because they're different things. But it's very special to be champion here."[61]


Sandoval's parents run a mechanical-engineering firm in [2][62] During the offseason, Sandoval lives in Santa Monica, California; his house was close to the area impacted by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake but did not suffer any damage.[63] Sandoval is a devout Roman Catholic, and blesses himself after each base hit. He attributes his success to his faith, saying it is important to be "seizing the opportunities offered in life by God and the need to fight tirelessly, not to survive but to excel."[64]


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