The Panda is in!
Hours after Scott Rolen was named to replace Chipper Jones in the Mid-Summer Classic, it appears (per Baggs) that Pablo Sandoval will indeed be invited to Arizona, joining the rest of the large Giants contingent. Sandoval will replace Phillies hot corner ace Placido Polanco.
Initially, rumors had leaked that Cubs third baseman Aramis Rameriez was the replacement, but there appeared to be a last minute change – my guess being Aramis simply declined his invitation as he had family plans in the Dominican.
Sandoval had planned to spend the small two day break (Giants are to have a Wednesday evening practice at Petco Park) in Venezuela with his little girl, so hopefully she’ll be able to catch Papa Panda on TV.