The file on Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Emilio Sandoval was born in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela. He attended Cento Estudio High School. The San Francisco Giants signed Sandoval as an amateur free agent on May 8, 2003.
Major league debut
Sandoval made his debut with the Giants on Aug. 14, 2008. The 5-foot-11, 245-pound catcher went hitless (0-3), but did have an RBI on a sacrifice fly in a 7-4 Giants loss to the Astros.
First home run
Sandoval went yard on Aug. 27, 2008 against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. His solo homer came in the seventh inning off of former Giants pitcher Livan Hernandez. Sandoval's first long ball helped San Francisco defeat Colorado 4-1.
Sandoval hit .345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 24 runs in 41 games for the Giants in 2008.
In his first full season with the Giants, Sandoval continued to improve. The Kung Fu Panda batted .330 with 25 home runs, 79 runs and 90 RBI. As a result, he finished seventh in NL MVP voting in 2009.
Sandoval entered 2010 spring training out of shape. His weight became a concern for the Giants as the Panda struggled in his second full season with the club. For the first time in his career, Sandoval hit under .300 (.268). He also hit 12 fewer home runs than the year before. In addition to a down year at the plate, Sandoval made a lot of mistakes on the field, committing 13 errors in 2010.
Back-to-back All-Star seasons
Despite being versatile by splitting time at first base, third base, and behind the plate, Sandoval settled in at the hot corner and became an All-Star in back-to-back seasons (2011 and 2012). He bounced back in 2011 and hit .315 with 23 bombs, and once again finished as a top candidate for the NL MVP Award.
2012 World Series MVP
Pablo Sandoval hit two his three Game 1 home runs off Detroit ace Justin Verlander as he set the tone for the Giants' four-game World Series sweep of the Tigers. Sandoval was 8-for-16 with three home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in the series.
After helping the Giants to win their second World Series title in three years, Sandoval once again struggled in 2013. He recorded his second lowest batting average since his sophomore season (.278), hit 14 home runs, and drove in 79 RBI in 141 games. The Giants finished third in the NL West with a 76-86 record and did not make the playoffs.
Before the start of the 2014 season, the 27-year-old third baseman was involved in contract talks with the Giants. There would be no progress on the contract extension between the two sides as Sandoval rejected the team's three-year, $40 million deal in March, seeking a five-year, $90 million contract offer from the Giants.
Another title before free agency
For the third time in five seasons, Pablo Sandoval hoisted the Commissioner's Trophy as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in seven games for another World Series title. Just a few days later, Sandoval rejected the Giants' one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer on Nov. 4, opting to test the waters as a free agent for the first time in his career.
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