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Sandoval aims to show everyone, Red Sox included, that less is more

Sandoval aims to show everyone, Red Sox included, that less is more

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There's no denying Pablo Sandoval looks better.

Miles better than this time last year, when he showed up for spring training with a massive gut that protruded from his jersey and tested the tensile strength of his waist band.

Let’s not forget the laughable claims by Red Sox ownership that Panda had whittled himself down to 17 percent body fat.

Wasn’t the case then. Probably isn’t now.

But he’s never looked this good. Not since signing his five-year, $95 million contract in the 2014-15 offseason.

Sandoval knows he hasn’t come close to living up to his contract and many fans have all but given up on him ever being a productive player in Boston.

“I have to prove everything,” said Sandoval. “Coming from an off year after injury, you have to prove a lot of things to the fans and your teammates and the sport that you’re back. You have to prove a lot in the field.”

Sandoval wouldn’t say how much weight he’d lost but the difference is obvious. He worked out hard all offseason, much of it here in Fort Myers.

“It was hard,” he said. “waking up at 5:30 to work out all day . . . Then I started boxing last month. I feel great.” 

The reason for taking up boxing was to strengthen his shoulders. A left shoulder injury is what knocked the third baseman out of action for almost the entire 2016 season.

But Sandoval was inspired by more than just getting into better baseball shape. Last summer while on the DL a baby Panda was born.  A son, Sandoval’s first child.

“My family, my baby,” Sandoval said when asked about his inspiration to get in better shape. “I just want to play eight more years, to show my son that he can see his Dad play when he’s growing up.”

But first Sandoval needs to prove all this offseason work has made him a better player, or at least closer to player he was before coming to Boston.

Asked if he feels he has to win his job back, Sandoval replied:

“Yes . . . [I] came here today to get ready to play baseball. That’s my main goal, to prove to the team that I can be the third baseman for the Boston Red Sox.”

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."