Pablo Sandoval was right there in the thick of it a couple years ago. He wasn't eligible for Rookie of the Year but instead was stuck simply contending for the batting title in 2009 and finished the year leading the San Francisco Giants in almost every offensive category.
Basically, without Sandoval, the Giants would have had Bengie Molina as their sole source of offense. Oh wait, that kind of happened anyways. Moving on.
Headed into 2010, Giants fans had been briefed in full on the exploits of Camp Panda and how it was going to galvanize the Round Mound of Pound into action, putting to rest the rumors that Barry Zito could just safely hide behind him when Prince Fielder charged the mound.
What us fans ended up seeing was a version of Sandoval that looked more like an actual panda. Sedentary, pretty big, and not really looking like he knew what to do with a bat in his hand.
His glove was significantly slower, and although he wasn't down to Bengie Molina slowness, his speed was downgraded from "surprising for his size" to "expected from a 330-pound bear that eats 30 pounds of bamboo every day."
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