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Third baseman Pablo Sandoval has transformed himself in more ways than one. First, those that have seen him in person, or even on a glimpse of any news coverage, will notice that Sandoval has taken his off-season training very seriously.
Sandoval was reported on Feb. 19 to have lost 40 pounds. His trainers have verified that his body fat went from 30 percent down to 19 percent.
Although Sandoval was involved in a dangerous collision with Brewers player Chris Dickerson at third base last week, Sandoval states that he felt fine.
When asked about the collision, and why he was laying on the ground for extended moments after the collision, he replied, “I just wanted to make sure it was nothing and try to calm down a little bit.”
Giants fans will be thrilled to know that Sandoval remained in the game. In fact, he even hit his third home run of this spring training.
Sandoval looks as though his bat speed is much quicker. His spring training numbers show success from both sides of the plate.
While he has made a couple of errors at third base, those that have viewed Sandoval and the Giants from Scottsdale during this spring training will agree that this new version of Pablo Sandoval wants to be a Giant for many years to come.
If Sandoval stays healthy, many will favor the Giants to win the National League West by a comfortable amount of games.