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Pablo Sandoval is a hunk a hunk of burnin’ love

Jan 15, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Last night it was reported that Pablo Sandoval had lost 42 pounds. Today Sandoval said that he has not told anyone how much weight he has lost, but that he will do so when he gets to spring training.

Kinda doesn’t matter what the numbers are. Get a load of this:

Someone open a window. Gettin’ hot in here.

Seriously, though, this is what Sandoval looked like at the end of the season:

source: Getty Images

We joke a lot, but really, Pablo Sandoval is in The Best Shape of His Life. The Best DAMN Shape of His Life.

  1. moseskkim - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    bout dang time

    • mick2014 - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      2014 is his walk year so after he has a big season(.300-20-75) for him he will be highly sought at a 3B position that is low on available offense. He will get 90 Million over 7 seasons from then blow up to 300 lbs. It’s all so predictable.

  2. number42is1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    is Cur still in charge of the list? I forget from season to season

  3. cardinalcrazy - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Don’t worry, he’ll be the size of a grisly bear by the end of the season.

  4. tolan04 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    This happens every year with cc loses weight every offseason only to gain it back during the season.

    • number42is1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      in fact CC did not gain his weight back last season, which it why he probably had such a terrible season (speculation)

  5. pilonflats - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Way to go PANDA! I hope its a change youre making for life, not for the next contract…

    • El Bravo - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      That’s a Koala now.

  6. baseballici0us - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I don’t care if he says it publicly or not…that’s the BSOHL right there.

  7. phillysports1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Amazing . I wonder if he hired a trainer ..

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      I think BALCO had a Groupon.

  8. karlkolchak - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    “Pablo Sandoval is in The Best Shape of His Life.”

    But the real question remains, is anyone having difficulty, “containing his excitement” while watching him play.

    • CJ - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      He does this every year. This picture was from the 5th grade…

  9. brownsbravescanes - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Why is it always Craig posting about how handsome these guys are?

    • number42is1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humor

      • clemente2 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        You just sucked the humidity out of the Internet with that reply.

        I bow to you.

    • yahmule - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      “Perhapz you are all homozexuals.”

      • number42is1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Ja, thank you, ja. Let’s hear it for my music guy, Skoey. That’s some outfit, Skoey. It makes you look like a homosexual.

  10. js20011041 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    He looks like a bobble head.

  11. kruegere - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Damn, he easily went from 30-40% body fat to around 20%.

    Impressive.

  12. km9000 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Someone’s battery is running low…

  13. Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    A Hunk a hunk of burnin’ love? Why do I get the sense that between this post and the Valdespin post, the….er….orientation of this blog is subtly altering?

    • karlkolchak - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Oh, be-HAVE!

    • vivabear - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      In addition to being egotistical and racist – add homophobic to the list of your repugnant qualities, Gator.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        I don’t understand the above comment, vavaber. What’s the homophobic part in what Old Gator posted? Its an observational comment, not a judgemental one. Besides, he’s incorrect. All of Craig’s posts tend to be orientation free; he’s even handed with his admiration for men or women. And anyways, who cares?

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      In this case everyone’s orientation is pointing up…

  14. temporarilyexiled - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    “We all remember when Pablo Sandoval reported to Spring Training having lost 50 pounds of fat. If we only knew back then that when this annual transformation actually stuck, it’d *render* him unable to hit his way out of a paper bag…”

  15. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Evidence seems to indicate that Fat Panda can hit and Skinny Panda can’t. We will have to wait and see if this buffer version is any good.

  16. gothapotamus90210 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    What’s up with those hipster star tattoos he has on his shoulders?

  17. yahmule - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Yeah, right. I’m not falling for this again.

    http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/science/Aug1989-Oprah.jpeg

  18. rcali - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Contract time already?

  19. thebadguyswon - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    He’ll get paid and get fat again. Where have we seen this before?

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Your mom during her 2nd marriage?

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Internet tough guys are awesome.

  20. psunick - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    He stays in shape like that, Giants dynasty wins its third World Series in five years!

  21. Dan Camponovo - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    it would be hilarious if the weight loss messed with his mechanics and he hit like .220. good for him for changing his lifestyles and getting healthier, though. needs a new nickname.

    • Glenn - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      How about from Kung Fu Panda to Kwai Chang Cocaine. Not implying drug use, just referring to weight loss if one were a user. I have complete faith that Kung Fu Panda is totally clean. I love to route for this guy.

  22. keltictim - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Vivabear take it easy. Just cause a jokes not PC doesn’t mean it’s not funny. Or anti homosexual.

  23. realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I know I will regret posting this, because everyone will take it the wrong way. In an effort to see that at least some might not take it the wrong way, I will put this disclaimer in all caps: I AM ACCUSING PABLO SANDOVAL OF ANYTHING. REPEAT: I AM NOT ACCUSING PABLO SANDOVAL OF ANYTHING.

    Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to my point. The fact that whenever someone puts on a few dozen pounds of muscle mass in a short period of time everyone shouts “PEDs!!!” but no one shouts it when someone loses an extraordinarily large amount of weight and body fat in short period of time goes to show how little the general public understands about how PEDs work.

    PEDs don’t “grow” muscle. They allow your body to recover faster and work out harder. If you are doing strength workouts, you will get stronger. If you are focusing on fat burning workouts, you will burn more fat and lose more weight. Plus, there is a popular school of thought that says that HGH helps the body metabolize fat and speed weight loss.

    Do I think he had “help” losing this weight. Not really. I just find it interesting that no one even asks the question when a guy loses 42 pounds in a little over 3 months.

    • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Obviously I meant to say “I am NOT accusing” both times not just the second time.

    • sportsdrenched - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Why would someone take Human GROWTH Hormone if they were trying to reduce body mass?

      • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        This is what I am talking about. That’s your level of research. Since the word “growth” is in the title, it can’t be used for weight loss? Spend 5 minutes on Google and get back to me, son.

    • indaburg - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Most weight loss experts advise people to lose no more than 3 pounds a week. 42 pounds divided by a little over 12 weeks is approximately 3 pounds a week. This is not an unusual amount of weight loss, especially for a professional athlete who has nothing else to do in the off-season other than work on his body. Even an average man can lose this amount of weight in a little over three months.
      It can even be done quicker, unsafely, which I don’t advise.

      Good for Pablo. He looks great.

      • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        And you’ve made the mistake of defending Pablo against charges I didn’t make, just as I knew people would. I was simply making the point that people make knee jerk reactions about PEDs when presented with body changes in one direction but not the other, oblivious to the fact that they can influence changes in both directions.

      • indaburg - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        I’m defending him against those same implications. No worries.

      • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        And three pounds a week sustained over a 12 week period is considered the extreme end of expectations, and by the way would only add up to 36, not 42 pounds. And would certainly be considered by credible nutritionists as unsustainable.

      • indaburg - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        It’s 3.5 lbs per week if divided by 12 weeks. It’s over 12 weeks, so we’ll say approximately 3 lbs a week. It’s on the high end of weight loss recommendations for men. He may regain the weight. Losing weight is easy–move more, eat less. Maintenance is hard. For all we know, he did a crash diet in which case he will likely regain the weight, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

      • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        He was a professional athlete at his previous weight. How much more could he move?

      • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        A baseball player could also carb-load and power lift his way to 25 pounds of muscle gain in 3-4 months without steriods. How come every time one of them did everyone screamed ROIDS!!!!

      • indaburg - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        I agree with you! :-)

    • realitypolice - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      No animosity, Indaburg. I think we both made our points. What Pablo did is entirely possible without drugs, just as big gains in strength can be as well. No one should automatically be tarnished with doubt simply because they accomplished something that seems extraordinary.

      • yahmule - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        The internet is safe from straw men again. Hurrah!

  24. missingdiz - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    42 pounds in 12 weeks would be a lot, if that is what it was, but I’m not going to speculate about how he did it. A big guy I knew lost a lot of weight fast by going gluten-free, even though he didn’t have celiac disease. I think really it was because he got more fiber and less carb.

    The main thing for Sandoval is keeping it off while on the road so much. You can keep a routine at home. But on the road–especially on the road with the guys, most of whom don’t get fat no matter what they eat at this stage–is a lot harder.

  25. dirtydrew - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Oh, gee. His fat a$$ blew off last season, now it’s a contract year, he is in shape. What a surprise.

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