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Pablo Sandoval appears to have regained most of the weight he dropped last winter

Sep 13, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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Kung Fu Panda’s gut is making a comeback.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged to Chris Haft of MLB.com Monday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval has regained at least some of the 40 pounds that he dropped last winter in a hardcore conditioning and dieting program.

Bochy didn’t seem bothered by the gain, telling Haft and other reporters that “overall, it’s been good.”

But the then-and-now pictures tell a different story.

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Here’s Sandoval taking a swing during an April 23 game against the Braves:

source: AP

And here’s a picture of Sandoval during last night’s 8-3 defeat of the Padres:

source: AP

Sandoval has actually posted a slightly better batting line (.299/.351/.519) since the All-Star break than the .303/.341/.503 mark that he registered in the first half. He has also slugged more home runs.

But the Giants have to be concerned about his long-term ability to stay fit and healthy while manning a position that requires a serious amount of athleticism. Might another personal offseason training regimen be in order?

  1. SmackSaw - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Fat is as fat does.

    • lucho2399 - Sep 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      When the media should talking about the Giants struggle hitting and the way the team doesnt show any type of improvement Offensively , maybe if their Hitting Coach WOULD actually work for once this season. The team would not be having such a terrible year . The only 3 guys hitting are Pablo Sandoval (which show he could hit naturally , before Hensley Meulens join the Giants in 2010), Jeff Keppinger ( who came trade in the middle of this season ) and Carlos Beltran ( who came from the Mets , and was trying to help Torres on his slump , as everyone could see in the Show “The Franchise”, the hitting coach was no where to be found , oh yeah he was flipping the balls ) . But why the media doesnt write an article about , How Aubrey Huff , Zito , Ross , Rowand, Burrell or Tejada havent done anything at all this year to earn their contract ???? just a reminder combining those 6 player there is at least $ 50 million . But no the media and some fans have to talk about the guys that are doing the good thing and that ARE ACTUALLY HELPING THE TEAM , FOR A LATE PUSH ON THE WILD CARD…. Maybe we can try to see Pablo on the bench for the next 15 games left , because he gains a FEW pounds, and he can work on dropping those pounds…. so the media and some of the fake fans appriciate that

  2. Panda Claus - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    From one panda to another, does anyone really expect thin pandas? Sounds like unrealistic expectations to me.

    But I do love the pic-to-pic comparison. The Copenhagen can in his back pocket certainly has held it’s shape.

    • ThatGuy - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      could be a hockey puck…

      • Panda Claus - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        Don Rickles would be proud of you for bringing Bud Selig like that.

      • hennri - Sep 14, 2011 at 1:42 AM

        No It’s obviously a cookie

  3. The Common Man - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    God, if he ever stops playing ball there’s really no upper limit on this guy, is there? He’ll be 400 lbs inside of a month.

    • The Common Man - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      Assuming, of course, he can still fit inside a month.

  4. shawnuel - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Wouldn’t it behoove an organization to provide in-season nutritional assistance to their players, especially those with Panda’s eating habits? A staff dietitian and a healthy clubhouse spread seem like no-brainers. However, you can’t really be Big-Brother and monitor off the field behaviors, I guess. I assume Panda drives through a lot of In & Outs.

    • trevorb06 - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      They already do this. You can bring a Panda to water but you can’t make him drink.

      • 24may98 - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        And, besides, who wants to . . . ?

  5. heyblueyoustink - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Mo Vaughn

  6. CJ - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    April headline: Pablo Sandoval is in the best shape of his life.
    September headline: Pablo Sandoval is in the worst shape of his life.

    And this is during the season when teams can actually somewhat control what these guys eat….wow.

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    You can’t pull fat.

    • heyblueyoustink - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      No, no you can’t. And just imagine him bearing down on the catcher at home, would be like the Blob coming at you full speed.

  8. sdelmonte - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    I am pretty sure the same thing used to happen to Sid Fernandez, who would get into shape during the off-season and then lose it as the daily grind prevented him from eating as well or working out the same way.

    And I seem to recall that Babe Ruth might have had this problem as well early in his career, but I can’t be sure.

  9. jwbiii - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    You just can’t see this picture enough.

  10. halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Weight Harassment Panda?

  11. icanspeel - Sep 13, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    It probably won’t be an issue until he stops hitting and playing good defense.

  12. goawaydog - Sep 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    The Panda is worth his weight at bat. 3 doubles against the Dodgers the other night, a towering 3 run jack last night, he is hitting .301 and an OPS of .861. If he was playing 1st instead of third a la Prince Fielder we would not be having this conversation. Problem is with 1st, there is Huff, Belt (although he looks better in LF every game), Pill and where to put Posey if he gets clobbered at home again. another note, Panda can not only bat lefty or righty, he can throw with both hands. In AAA he had his glove knocked off, picked the ball up with his left and threw a seed to 1st. All that for $500K too.

  13. marshallnbrown - Sep 13, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    I’m sure Panda knows, and the Giants trainers do too. So let’s let them deal with it as needed.

  14. sisqsage - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Funny how he was fat two years ago and hit .330 with 25 homers as a rookie and should have been ROY if it weren’t for calling him up too early the year before from the minors. Last year was about family/personal problems and lack of focus. He’s also not swinging as much at pitches that are eye level (or higher) out of the zone this year. He was a much easier out last year. Pandas are rotund… or they wouldn’t be pandas.

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