It seems years of Bruce Bochy nagging really paid off, because the new version of Pablo Sandoval is reportedly thinner and sleeker.
Yahoo! Sports' Mike Oz did some social-media sleuthing and found some very good news as it pertains to the Giants' hot corner and Sandoval's waistline.
It seems the 27-year-old is lighter this offseason. Though there is some conjecture as to how much lighter he might be at the moment.
First, here are some tweets from Rafael Rojas, an MLB.com correspondent:
The Biggest Loser, #SFGiants edition: Pablo Sandoval has said he's dropped 42 pounds this winter due to offseason training— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) January 14, 2014
I've seen Sandoval training with his team for at least a month or even more, and yes, he has slimmed down.— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) January 14, 2014
Re Sandoval. The comment about how much weight has presumably lost came from sources within his VZ club, Magallanes.— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) January 15, 2014
Now to be fair, Sandoval is playing coy when it comes to the exact amount he lost:
I just wanted to express my opinion about some media comment about me losing 42lbs , I haven't made any comment about how much weight— KFP48 (@KFP48) January 15, 2014
I had lost so far. the day everyone will find out is the day before we report for ST 2014 - On a Mission - God Bless You all— KFP48 (@KFP48) January 15, 2014
As Oz notes, Sandoval neither confirms nor denies the massive amount of weight he reportedly shed. We might go out on a limb in saying Giants fans would be happy with Sandoval losing just 42 ounces.
Thanks to social media, we have some idea of what the third baseman looks like at the moment.
The San Jose Mercury News' Alex Pavlovic notes that Sandoval has had some issues with his weight before, sometimes resembling an actual panda. According to Pavlovic, his weight had surpassed 280 pounds at one point in the 2013 season.
Oz reports that while listed at 240 pounds, Sandoval was far closer to 260 pounds during spring training in 2013.
Both reports remind us that Sandoval did manage to reduce the poundage when he decided to hire his brother, Luis, to be his personal chef. Some of the images you see above are thanks to his other brother, Michael.
Giants fans aren't the only ones hoping Sandoval keeps the weight off, because Bochy has been known to be quite vocal with his desire to see his third baseman slim down, as he offered last June (via Pavlovic).
Sandoval is coming off a 2013 season that saw his OBP dip to .341, his lowest since 2010, when he managed just a .323 OBP. Still, it's been amazing to see what he is capable of on the diamond with that bulky frame.
Fantasy owners might want to jump on a leaner version of the Giants' lovable Panda come spring. Whether it's a couple of pounds or 42, the loss proves Sandoval isn't taking it easy this offseason.
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