I don’t see a lot of west coast baseball, so a guy like Pablo Sandoval really wasn’t on my radar much before this offseason when, as is often the case, I first started hearing more about him from fantasy previews and things like that. The book on him, it seems, is that he’ll just swing at anything. They say that about a lot of guys, but I’m thinking it’s a little more true with Sandoval than others:
Pablo Sandoval played all nine innings at third base and had a full day. He hit a home run, then tapped a bunt down the third base line. In his final at-bat, he became a cricketer and singled on a pitch that actually bounced in the dirt. It was a check swing and rolled in between the pitcher and third baseman. Hitting coach Carney Lansford joked that Pablo would come out early tomorrow to teach everyone his cricket swing.
Definitely a guy to keep your eye on. I mean really, keep your eye on him, because he might just swing at you if you’re not careful.
Oh, and given that they’re going with Sandoval at third and Edgar Renteria at short, many are wondering just how ugly that left side of the Giants’ infield is going to be. The Merc’s Andrew Baggarly has some observations along those lines.