Pandamania has returned to San Francisco, as the San Francisco Giants have signed third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a minor-league deal.
Sandoval returns to the Giants after a miserable 2.5 years with the Boston Red Sox. There, he hit just .237, with 14 home runs, and an abysmal .286 on-base percentage.
Now, he is in Triple-A Sacramento playing with the River Cats in hopes of returning to the big leagues with the first team he called home.
In Sacramento, Sandoval is just 5-for-21 with a double and 5 walks as he tries to get his timing back. But reports say he is in-shape, an issue plaguing him throughout his career.
Time will tell if he can regain his former glory. I’m not exactly sure what the thinking was for bringing Panda back, but if he plays like the Panda of old — or even close to it — the Giants would look like geniuses.
If things don’t work out with Pablo, then he has a chance to call it a career with the San Francisco Giants.
I would not be surprised if Pablo gets called up in September. There really is no reason not to at this point.
The San Francisco Giants are having a terrible season and have ended their record (officially) of consecutive sellouts. Whether he’s hitting or not, fans will still come out to see the Panda and wear their Panda hats.
While we wait for that time to come, here are Sandoval’s top 5 moments with the San Francisco Giants.