Giants Broadcaster: ‘Pablo Sandoval Has An Eating Disorder, And Giants Were On Him About It Every Day’
Pablo Sandoval reported for the first day of spring training on Monday, and as you can see, just like last season, he brought a friend -- his stomach. The Red Sox claim that Sandoval lost 20 pounds over the off season, but then someone took the photo below. So faced with reality, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said to the Boston Globe: "Pablo's weight is not a concern to us. ... He's never had a svelt body. They call him Panda for a reason."
Sandoval had his worst season in the majors in 2015, hitting .245 with 10 homers and a variety of injuries. San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow of KNBR, showing some amazing candor, says he knows why. Krukow, on KNBR, via CSN Bay Area:
"Pablo Sandoval has an eating disorder. He can't help himself.
"When he was with the Giants, they fought it every day. They challenged him every day. They were in his grill every day. They never let up on him. And when he left San Francisco, he had some ill feelings because of it."
That's a pretty rare peak into an MLB clubhouse, gang.
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The weight issue was one of the reasons that Sandoval accepted a lucrative deal to join the Red Sox, even though the Giants nearly matched their offer.
"Now, those things are gonna happen to him again, unless he can get the weight off and keep it off and maximize his talents ... I just wish him the best," Krukow said. "I just want him to do well and be the best that he can be. And unfortunately, he's kind of getting in the way of himself."
Sandoval was beloved in the Bay Area -- to fans he could do no wrong. He helped the Giants to all three of their World Series titles, was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, and had a scorching post-season in 2014, in which he had 26 hits in 71 at-bats -- the record for most hits in a postseason.
Krukow said that he was great in the clubhouse as well, a guy "you just loved to be around." But Giants management had to work dearly for those results, all but chaining up the clubhouse refrigerator.
Krukow, on KNBR this past Friday:
"People in Boston are not going to be as forgiving of him as they were in San Francisco. At some point in time, he needs to grow up. At some point in time, he's gotta quit eating like he's a 12-year old. Hopefully that time is now."
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