What does one do when fans have complained all offseason about who you hired as manager, plus your lack of big signings, and you're projected to be one of the most boring teams in baseball? Ahh, nostalgia.
Pablo Sandoval confirmed Wednesday to NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez that he is returning to the Giants this season, and it looks like president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi might want to bring more of the band back. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Thursday that San Francisco is among the teams showing interest in free-agent outfielder Hunter Pence.
#SFGiants brought back old SF hero Pablo Sandoval yesterday. Could there be another big reunion? Word is, they are among teams showing interest in their former star Hunter Pence— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 30, 2020
Pence, who turns 37 years old in April, made his first All-Star Game appearance since 2014 last season when he hit .297 with 18 homers and a .910 OPS for the Texas Rangers. But a back injury limited the former Giant to only 83 games in 2019.
The four-time All-Star also primarily was a DH last season in his return to the AL. He only played 23 games in the outfield, compared to 46 as a DH.
Pence hit just 17 long balls between 2017 and '18 with the Giants before his comeback season last year. He spent the offseason refining his swing and even played in the Dominican Winter League. Texas signed him to a minor league contract last season, however, Pence proved his worth as a big league bat.
Over seven seasons with the Giants, Pence batted .268 with 93 home runs and a .757 OPS while winning two World Series rings.
Cue up some Thin Lizzy. The boys, in fact, could be back in town.