Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval showed up to spring training this week looking rather rotund.
Coming off arguably the worst season of his career — in the first year of a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox — Sandoval was reported to have shed 20 or so poundsduring the offseason. But this photo from The Boston Globe is worth a 1,000 words (or 1,000 calories):
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that he is not disappointed in the physical condition Pablo Sandoval.
“I’m not concerned,” Dombrowski told the Globe. “We were watching him very closely all winter. We had people with him at least once a week. The goal was for Pablo to get in better overall condition and I feel like he did improve.”
Dombrowski said the Red Sox had realistic expectations.
“Pablo has the body type he has,” said Dombrowski. “He’s never going to be svelte. We know that. We wanted him to be prepared for spring training and he is.”
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In 2013, Sandoval gave himself 2 years to lose weight.
“I’ve got this year and next year to change all the things,” Sandoval said at the time “It’s going to take me a while, but I can do it. I know I can do it.
“You need to learn. You need to grow up. You need to step up and know the difference between what you can do and what you can’t.”
Sandoval has six weeks of spring training to improve his physique.