Is Pablo Sandoval’s Weight Really An Issue?

by Dylan Gannon | Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
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Earlier this week a not so flattering photo of Pablo Sandoval went viral and nearly broke the internet. The pictures depicts the the portly Panda warming up with his gut hanging out of his shirt. I know. You’ve seen it a million times.

Critics of Sandoval instantly questioned his diet and offseason workout regime. Some reports say Sandoval has dieted while others say he has not (and cannot). No matter what you believe, Pablo Sandoval has always been overweight, thus the reason nickname, “Kung Fu Panda”. His fat has never held him back from being an exceptional player and athlete.

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says that he is not at all concerned about the third baseman’s weight (reports ESPN). San Francisco Giants announcer, Mike Krukow, told Christopher Smith of masslive.com that the Panda has an eating disorder and that he cannot control himself.

Even though Pablo is overweight, he still receives a lot of love for his skill and personality. Many teammates and coaches of the Panda describe him as one of those people that you want to be around. His stats also prove that he can play ball with a little extra cushion.

Stats:

The Panda is entering his 9th season in the MLB, having played close to 1,000 games. He is a career .288 hitter with 116 long balls. He is rather large but can still run decently stealing 11 career bags and hitting 20 triples. He has a good eye at the plate, drawing 284 walks along with a .339 on base percentage. In 9 seasons he’s only committed 91 errors with a career .958 fielding percentage.

Career Accolades:

3x World Series champion (2010, 2012, 2014)
World Series MVP (2012) when he belted 3 homers off of the Tigers in Game 1.
2x All-Star (2011, 2012)
Not to mention the fact that he has played first base, third base, and catcher. Regardless of all the negative publicity centred around the Panda and his extra baggage, there’s still many reasons to celebrate Pablo Sandoval as you will witness once again in 2016.
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Dylan Gannon is a high school student in California who has a passion for writing about baseball. Follow Dylan on Twitter: @gannon_dylan







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