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Pablo Sandoval worked with Barry Bonds this winter

Feb 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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Pablo Sandoval is supposed to be in much better shape too. But no, the Kung Fu Panda didn’t work out with Barry Bonds to attain his newfound shape. That was attributable to laying off soda and chips, he says.  What he did do with Barry Bonds however was to work on plate discipline.

The weight loss is probably more important to Sandoval getting a chance to play every day, but the work with Bonds could be the key toward him making major contributions.  And it will also help sate my curiosity about whether one can actually teach plate discipline or if it’s simply an innate thing borne of intelligence and quick decision making and what not.  I mean, there have been very, very few batting eyes better than Barry Bonds’ batting eye in all of baseball history.

If Bonds can impart even a fraction of his ability to Sandoval, it could have some pretty big implications.  After all, you often hear about guys saying they’re going to work on their plate discipline in spring training or whatever, but how often do they go to a plate discipline master to do so?

  1. spudchukar - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Plate Discipline! I thought that was the problem anyway.

  2. trevorb06 - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Yeah, Sandoval needs some plate discipline alright. First off start with a small plate. Don’t get a 2nd plate. Don’t fill your plate with greasy chips and burgers. He really needs a better eye for his plate.

    • trevorb06 - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      And really, plate discipline will help his walk rate… instead of having to take frequent stops due to the chaffing of his theighs rubbing together he can keep going!

  3. logankivo - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    I recall Bonds saying he worked with Ryan Howard last offseason, though it didn’t really end up showing any improvement

    • bigxrob - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Actually, prior to Howard getting hurt last year, his strike out rate per plate appearance was 4.2 (through July), after it was 3.4 (August and September). Although, people claimed the work with Bonds decreased his power numbers and made him more of a singles hitter.

  4. jetersusedjersey - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    What, no Kanp Kung Fu Panda this year? Instead he went to camp roid rage?

  5. cur68 - Feb 4, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    I’m gonna keep an eye on this guy. He was decent when he was fat; plenty of guys were worse than he was and they were in shape. Can an in shape Sandoval outcompete the fat one? Probably, but by how much? My old track coach used to say if he had two guys who ran the same time and one spot on the team he’d take the fat guy with the lousy form over the in shape guy with the excellent form, all else being similar. One guy’s nowhere near peaked and the other is at max. Pablo will be better, but by how much?

  6. luckywi - Feb 4, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    BS on the batting eye thing. Bonds hit unhittable pitches out of the park. That’s why they quit pitching to him. Oh, and they ALL knew he was cheating.
    Of course Pablo could have been talking about plates of food. Either way, Pablo is better on his own. Association with The Asterisk” can’t be good. At all.

  7. crashdog - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Did Barr-oid show him the ins and outs of masking PED tests?

  8. ursus59 - Feb 5, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    He’s in the best shape of his life.

  9. jonirocit - Feb 6, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    Bonds hatred still? Get over it everyone cheated and worst of all they still were no where near as good as bonds ! Don’t let the media form your opinions people they were and are bitter because he didn’t kiss their butts . Clemens , aroid, big mac? Where is the hate for those losers?

    • henryd3rd - Feb 6, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      At the very least A-Rod have a World Series Ring to hang on his finger and hasn’t been charged with a felony as your hero Bonds has.Big Head Bonds with all his baggage. His trainer went to jail for refusing to testify, his supplier “Victor Conte” went to jail and I hear his girlfriend Kimberly has testified before a Grand Jury that he took steroid.

      Yes; they all did it but only Bonds and Clemens were foolish enought to lie under oath. Just think they could both be cell mates and try out for the prision baseball team,

    • luckywi - Feb 6, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      Ummm. Not Talking about aroid Clemons, or anyone else here. Bonds is a fraud. He lies about what happened. He should just stand up, say yes I juiced. He won’t. I’ts called ego. He is not the “best player” of all time. He couldn’t pick up a slow roller to outfield he was so juiced. Defensive liability. You should get over it, Bonds appologist. I don’t like any of the cheaters.

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