With nothing left to lose this season, the San Francisco Giants have re-signed former third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a minor league deal. Sandoval was recently released by the Boston Red Sox after failing to live up to his pricy contract.
“He was a big part of our World Series runs, so I think he’s always going to have a place here in San Francisco and everybody’s going to love that he’s back,” San Francisco’s Brandon Belt told the Associated Press Thursday. “I haven’t seen him in a while, so I don’t know. I think he was definitely a fan favorite, so I don’t think there’s going to be any problem with that.”
The Giants are currently glued to the bottom of the NL West with no offensive firepower, if Sandoval can return to form, he could at least provide a little bit of excitement for fans that appear to have lost their zeal for Giants baseball. Perhaps the Kung Fu Panda is the answer the Giants’ PR department has been searching for.
Sandoval was a key part of the Giants’ three World Series titles in 2010, 2012, and 2014, taking home the World Series MVP in 2012. He hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2014, his last season in San Francisco.
In the Giants’ last World Series parade in 2014, he expressed his desire to retire with San Francisco, a desire which may now be a reality as he prepares to turn 31 and enter the latter part of his career.