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Pablo Sandoval is shrinking!

Jan 16, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

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At the beginning of last week, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle published a story about Pablo Sandoval and his offseason workout program.  The third baseman, of course, was claiming to be in “the best shape of his life” and ready to turn his career around after a disappointing 2010 campaign.

We were skeptical.  Sandoval tried a similar diet and workout plan last winter and he wound up actually putting on more weight in the end.

But take a look at this picture (to the right, or here) that “Kung Fu Panda” is using on his Twitter profile.  Schulman said that Sandoval was down 17 pounds.  Another reporter claimed he had dropped 22 pounds.  We’re thinking it might be like 30 pounds, at least.  He looks like half of his former self.

Sandoval exploded onto the major league scene in 2009 with a stellar .330/.387/.556 batting line, 25 homers and 90 RBI.  He got MVP votes.

It all took a tumble last year as he battled conditioning issues, but the 24-year-old appears to be serious about making the correct changes.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Tapeworm? Photoshop?

    • Panda Claus - Jan 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      Photoshop was my first guess. If that’s not the case, maybe it’s just a picture of him from 3-4 years ago. The Livestrong bracelet and Under Armour shirts have been around for quite a while now. Something tells me the headshot photo on the wall behind him gives us a major clue, but I couldn’t make it out (looks almost like Bobby Mercer).

      • kcfanatic - Jan 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

        Anybody ever think that maybe he realizes what a dissapointment last year was and actually want to produce at a high level? So, maybe he actually is in the best shape of his life. I know, I know…I am way out there.

  2. dolinsky191 - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Bout time. He’s got a lot of good years left, but let’s hope the weight loss doesn’t throw off his mechanics.

  3. mashoaf - Jan 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    HCG?

  4. apbaguy - Jan 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Last year he was reported as having lost weight prior to Spring training, then he emerged at close to 260 lbs. When he starts eating, he must be like one of those basking sharks, gobbling huge quantities of anything in his path. I’m encouraged by the photo, but it’s only mid-January.

    • randomdigits - Jan 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      He left the states where he was training and went home. Thats when he packed on the pounds, I think if he stays in the area all offseason he should be in good shape this season.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM

        Yeah because in the US we are known for not eating in excess, getting fat, or being lazy. Right?

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