Bochy on Sandoval: "You don't want to hear it. ... You need action"


Bochy on Sandoval: "You don't want to hear it. ... You need action"

SAN FRANCISCO Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been activated fromthe disabled list, hes batting third in Saturdays lineup and he is saying allthe right things in the face of two controversies.

Sandoval, who is the target of a sexual assaultinvestigation in Santa Cruz, told the Associated Press that he understands theimportance of addressing the issues of his weight and conditioning.

But hell have to prove it, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Well, there comes a time when you dont want to hear it,Bochy said. You need action, and thats whats gotta happen now. Which it has,for the last week. Hes been working hard.

Thats got to be consistent. It cant be for three or fourdays or a week. Its got to be for a season. Thats what we need to see and heknows thats what he needs to do.

Bochy planned to hold an in-depth meeting with Sandoval atsome point this weekend. The rotund Kung Fu Panda hasnt played since May 2after requiring surgery to remove a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, andsources said his weight, already beyond where the club wanted it, has increasedwhile on the DL.

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Hes a vital part of this team, Bochy said. Weve seenit. You know what happened just a couple years ago when hes not in thecondition he needs to be in. He wasnt able to perform to his capabilities.

Perhaps Bochys most interesting comment came when asked whyhe wouldnt consider moving Sandoval to first base, especially in light ofJoaquin Arias strong defensive play at third base.

Oh, we would consider it, Bochy said.

Even if Sandovals career path will take him to first basein the future, its not a move that Bochy wants to explore now. The club simplyneeds more offense at the corner infield positions, and they feel they have abetter chance of getting it with Sandoval at third base.

We have enough first basemen now, said Bochy, who isgiving most starts to Brandon Belt. I have confidence someone will step up.Right now, we feel its more important to have (Sandoval) at third base. Forthe most part up here, there are offensive-type guys.

Sandoval told the AP: "Its important what I think,what they think (coaches, trainers). If they think I should lose weight, Imgoing to lose it."

Sandoval had a few at-bats from the right side at Triple-AFresno and told Manolo Hernandez-Douen of that he felt nopain in his left hand. He said he is nearing full strength as well.

Bochy said he would look to protect Sandoval againstleft-handed relievers, but wouldnt automatically pinch-hit for him. Itlldepend on the situation.

Even if the front office is displeased with Sandovalscommitment after signing a three-year, 17.15 million contract over the winter,Bochy left no doubt that he thinks a lot of his 25-year-old switch-hitter.

Its good to have Pablo back, Bochy said. It is. He wasswinging the bat well before he got hurt. He adds power.

Sandoval will bat third until Melky Cabrera returns from hishamstring injury, which might not happen until Tuesday. After that, Bochy saidhe would reassess the lineup.

Durable Longoria ready for additional boost from ballpark, Giants fans

Durable Longoria ready for additional boost from ballpark, Giants fans

SAN FRANCISCO — The field at AT&T Park is covered with patches and small piles of dirt right now, showing the signs of a winter hosting holiday parties and concerts, and a week with plenty of rain. 

For Evan Longoria, though, that grass was a beautiful sight.

A month after a trade that had him switching coasts, Longoria was introduced at a press conference at AT&T Park and ran the usual gauntlet with team employees and season-ticket holders. He spent some time this week looking for housing in the Bay Area, but soon he’ll be back in Scottsdale, getting to know new teammates and preparing his body for the 2018 season. 

Longoria said his workouts have been a bit different with a new staff, but the goal remains the same. He is a player who prides himself on taking the field every day, and that’s one of the traits that drew the Giants to Longoria. He has played at least 156 games in five consecutive seasons, and 160 in four of those seasons. 

It’s no accident that Bruce Bochy has mentioned durability during every media session this season. Andrew McCutchen has a similar track record, and the Giants lineup certainly could use some stability, especially at third base, where seven different players made double-digit starts last season. Longoria will change that. 

“I have a desire to play every day, and I think that that is infectious,” he said. “Players that may feel the grind of a long season or might be in a little bit of a funk offensively or defensively or with pitching, something like that can give you a boost when you have guys around that you know come to play and compete on a daily basis, no matter what the circumstance is.”

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For Longoria, who turned 32 early in the offseason, the circumstance has changed for the better. After years on the unforgiving turf at The Trop, he comes to a park and division featuring nothing but natural grass. 

“I hope it helps,” he said. “Going on the road (with the Rays), my body definitely felt better when I played on grass. I’m sure that it will help. It’s definitely not going to be a negative. Not playing on the turf anymore is something that crossed my mind as soon as the trade happened.”

Longoria expects to benefit from another aspect of AT&T Park, too. The Rays finished dead last in the majors last year with an average of 15,670 fans per game. Even though their sellout streak ended, the Giants still had an average of more than 40,000 per night. Asked about playing outdoors, Longoria smiled and added, “in front of fans.”

“The environment here is obviously much different, so it’s going to be nice to step into that on a daily basis and play in front of a fan base that’s obviously very storied,” he said. “It helps with energy. It helps with motivation.”

McCutchen ready for more conversations with 'Steve the Seagull' at AT&T Park

McCutchen ready for more conversations with 'Steve the Seagull' at AT&T Park

Andrew McCutchen has been one of the best players in the National League for years now. The 31-year-old is a five-time All-Star and was named the 2013 NL MVP. 

Not only do his stats stand out, McCutchen is also one of the most entertaining players in baseball. And that's clearly going to continue in San Francisco. 

On Thursday, McCutchen was asked about the famous seagulls of San Francisco flying around the outfield at AT&T Park. 

"I definitely made a few friends out there over the years. Steve the Seagull out there, I know him," McCutchen said on KNBR. "He comes in every now and then. We have a little pow-wow when I come to San Francisco. Yeah, we get along well, me and the guys, me and the birds. They know when to come in that's for sure." 

Denard Span, who the Giants traded to acquire Evan Longoria, had a much different relationship with the seagulls. 

McCutchen is clearly the opposite of Span in this regard though. He seems about as calm as can be when it comes to the birds paying him a visit. 

"They chill, we have some conversations. It's all good," says McCutchen. 

One other aspect McCutchen can't wait for in the outfield at AT&T Park, is getting to know all the fans. Specifically, not being a part of a special chant Giants fans have for opposing outfielders. 

"I'm lookin' forward to fans not callin' me bums anymore," McCutchen said with a laugh. "I'm glad I'm on the winning side. I'm glad I'm on the San Francisco Giants side. I can't wait to meet all the fans."