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Sabean on Pablo Sandoval: shape up or ship out!

Nov 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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Giants’ beat writer Hank Schulman spoke with Brian Sabean. Pablo Sandoval came up. Schulman says that, according to Sabean, “Panda starts next year in minors if he doesnt get his act together.”

I’m assuming this is primarily about his conditioning, which many felt was responsible for his pretty terrible 2010 season. Conditioning so poor that a guy who was supposed to be a key component for the Giants was a complete non-factor in the postseason and watched from the bench as his teammates won it all. And he capped that off by being photographed as he prepared to dig in to a giant Buca di Beppo sundae. Which isn’t exactly a great moment in messaging.

Last year the Giants’ offseason was dominated by talk of “Camp Panda,” the team’s effort to get Sandoval into shape.  That obviously didn’t work, because he looked as big as Peterbilt once spring training came around and it only got worse after that. This winter, I suspect, that they won’t consider Sandoval’s condition  to be their primary responsibility Because, quite frankly, they’ve shown that they don’t need him in order to win.  It’s gonna be up to him to decide if he wants to be around for more winning.

If he fails? Big trouble for Sandoval. Because there ain’t no Bucca di Beppo in Fresno.

  1. The Common Man/ - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Sandoval: I am a shape. The shape I have chosen is “apple.”

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    What’s running through his mind in that picture?????

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

      Something about a cherry…?

    • The Common Man/ - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:19 PM

      Well, now he’s thinking “Get that hot girl out of my sundae. Panda’s hungry”

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:25 PM


  3. eddieyost - Nov 6, 2010 at 2:55 AM


  4. fonzy2011 - Nov 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Just another guy that would be a shoe shine boy if he could not play baseball…

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