Pablo Sandoval, Third Base, San Francisco Giants


Date of Birth: 8/11/1986
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
Nickname: The Panda

Pablo Sandoval, third baseman for the San Francisco Giants, made his first appearance in a major league game with the Giants in August of 2008. In 41 games in 2008, he batted .345 with 3 home runs, 10 doubles and 24 RBIs. The following year, he batted .330 and had 189 hits, 44 doubles, and 25 home runs. Although he didn't play as well in 2010 or 2011, he excelled in the 2012 World Series and he won the World Series MVP award. In the 2012 postseason, Sandoval batted .364 and he had 24 hits, 5 doubles, 6 home runs, and 13 RBIs.

In 2013, Sandoval batted .278 with 146 hits and 27 doubles in 141 games. He finished the 2014 season with 164 hits, 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, and a .279 batting average in 157 games. In the postseason, he had 26 hits, 7 doubles, 5 RBIs, and a .366 batting average in 71 at-bats in 17 games.

On November 24, 2014, Sandoval agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. He finished the 2015 season with 115 hits, 25 doubles, 47 RBIs, and a .245 batting average. As a third baseman in 123 games, he made 200 assists, 19 double plays, 78 putouts, and 15 errors.

Sandoval spent almost the entire 2016 season on the DL, playing in just three games with the Red Sox.

Sandoval was released by the Red Sox on July 19, 2017. Three days later, he agreed to return to the Giants on a minor league contract. He played in just 32 games with the Red Sox and 47 games with the Giants in 2017. He finished with 57 hits, 11 doubles, 32 RBIs, 53 strikeouts to 16 walks, and a .220 batting average. Defensively, he played 9 games at first base, 1 game at second base, and 67 games at third base.

Career batting statistics for Sandoval through 2017 include:

  • 1,077 games played
  • 1,118 hits
  • 228 doubles
  • 125 home runs
  • 541 RBIs
  • 594 strikeouts to 301 walks
  • .283 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Sandoval at third base through 2017 include:

  • 963 games played
  • 1,642 assists
  • 131 double plays
  • 578 putouts
  • 100 errors
  • .957 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Pablo Sandoval
ESPN Sports - Pablo Sandoval