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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Pablo Sandoval has severe Red Sox regret, and it’s well-earned

In a recent interview, Sandoval told Joseph Bien-Kahn of GQ that he wishes he never signed with the Red Sox and that he should’ve stayed with the San Francisco Giants.

I should have stayed with San Francisco. I know. I learned my lesson. But I’m happy I went through it, man, because I kept my eyes open and learned a lot of things”.

At the time of his signing in Boston, Sandoval was well on his way to becoming one of the most popular and well-liked players in Giants history. He had made two All-Star Games, finished in the top-17 of the NL MVP voting twice, and been a part of three World Series winning teams. He played the game with a ton of energy and seemed to always be having fun.

Then he left.

In November of 2014, Sandoval shocked the baseball world by signing a contract with the Red Sox. It was a five-year, $90MM contract that came with a team option for a sixth season. At the time, the contract seemed like one that could pay off nicely for the Sox as the switch-hitting corner infielder was coming off of a season in which he hit .279 with 16 home runs and an OPS+ of 111.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2022 at 03:43 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Addie Joss Posted: July 21, 2022 at 07:05 PM (#6087694)
Who would have guessed that a player who was eighty pounds overweight would age poorly?
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 21, 2022 at 07:19 PM (#6087698)
Boston just wasn’t very welcoming for Sandoval. How many fans even invited him over for dinner?
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 21, 2022 at 08:28 PM (#6087706)
He played the game with a ton of energy

"Flab" != "Energy"
   4. Cooper Nielson Posted: July 21, 2022 at 09:11 PM (#6087711)
finished in the top-17 of the NL MVP voting

Ah yes, the storied Top 17!

It seems like he made the right move, unless the Giants were offering a similar contract. He got his $90 million, only spent 2.5 years in Boston purgatory, then came back "home" to San Francisco anyway (with the Red Sox paying for it).

He was already on the decline before he left, and this way Giants fans didn't have to witness it. They could just embrace him as a welcome back/comeback story.
   5. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 21, 2022 at 09:36 PM (#6087713)
Red Sox have severe Pablo Sandoval regret, and it's well-earned
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 21, 2022 at 09:54 PM (#6087717)
My favorite Pablo Sandoval Red Sox memory is when he got benched for liking a photo on Instagram in the middle of a game.
   7. Szym Posted: July 22, 2022 at 03:53 AM (#6087736)

It was a five-year, $90MM contract that came with a team option for a sixth season. At the time, the contract seemed like one that could pay off nicely for the Sox as the switch-hitting corner infielder was coming off of a season in which he hit .279 with 16 home runs and an OPS+ of 111.


The article acts like that was amazing. He was an above-average player who swung at everything and couldn't really play his position that well anymore. ZiPS had him topping out at 2.3 WAR and the time and declining from there, about a $45 million overpay on $90 million. Chase Headley was a better player at the time and got 4/52 from the Yankees. And he had a better rest-of-career than Sandoval did (though he wasn't that great overall for the Yankees).

   8. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: July 22, 2022 at 05:55 AM (#6087737)
He swallowed most of that regret.
   9. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: July 22, 2022 at 06:24 AM (#6087738)
My favorite Pablo Sandoval Red Sox memory is when he got benched for liking a photo on Instagram in the middle of a game.


It wasn't the photo of him breaking his belt on a swing.
   10. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 22, 2022 at 08:37 AM (#6087744)
finished in the top-17 of the NL MVP voting

Ah yes, the storied Top 17!


Looking at the 2011 NL MVP voting, Sandoval deserved better: his 6.0 WAR was eighth among players who received votes. (Cliff Lee got ripped off the worst; his 9.0 WAR actually led the league, and he only got 12 votes to finish 15th!)

He swallowed most of that regret.

It makes me feel good to realize that you can still make fun of fat people and not get cancelled! America...!
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: July 22, 2022 at 08:46 AM (#6087747)
It makes me feel good to realize that you can still make fun of fat people and not get cancelled! America...!


Hardly. That crack is going to forever sully the good name of Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful. I'm sure if the resume of Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful crosses the desk of any woke HR manager, you can bet your ass it will be discarded immediately.
   12. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: July 22, 2022 at 03:10 PM (#6087827)
3:10pm EDT, and I'm still smiling/chuckling.
   13. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: July 22, 2022 at 03:11 PM (#6087828)
Some of my best friends are chubbos.
   14. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: July 22, 2022 at 03:13 PM (#6087829)
Red Sox have severe Pablo Sandoval regret, and it's well-earned
And unlike Sandoval they're not happy they went through it.

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