Pablo Sandoval's weight was an issue during his time with the San Francisco Giants. Now, it's the Boston Red Sox's problem.
Sandoval has had all offseason to celebrate both his 2014 World Series win and his large contract with the Red Sox. Now, it looks like he needs to put in some work to get in better playing shape.
Boston.com's Steve Silva tweeted out a picture of Sandoval on Tuesday that showed the new Red Sox third baseman looking a bit on the heavier side. Boston fans have to be hoping that a thicker Kung Fu Panda doesn't mean less production.
UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 19
On Thursday, Sandoval spoke to Marly Rivera of ESPNDeportes.com and addressed the unflattering photo, via Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com:
We live surrounded by critics, so let them talk, let them criticize me as much as they want. Ultimately that makes me a better player. What really matters is who you are when you step on the field, and I will let my bat and my glove speak for themselves. That's the only way you can shut them up.
Critics have said that I am lazy, that I am not working hard; that picture caught me at a bad angle. But once again, let them say whatever they want to say. I will prove who I am on the field and show Boston fans how hard I am working to be a champion with this team, too.
--End of Update--
Of course, Twitter is always abuzz:
Every year, many baseball players come to camp in the "best shape of their lives." That doesn't appear to be the case with Sandoval.