April 17, 2024

Giants release fan favorite Pablo Sandoval from minor league deal

In the days leading up to the San Francisco Giants ‘ season opener against the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants on Thursday released shortstop Pablo Sandoval from his minor league contract.

That ended Sandoval’s attempt at a second stint with the club. He batted . 250 in 28 flower at- bat with two RBI.

The 37- yr- ancient Sandoval– a fan favorite nicknamed Kung Fu Panda who was the 2012 World Series MVP– was trying to get back to the major leagues for the first time since 2021, when he batted . 178 with a. 302 on- base percentage, four homers and 11 RBIs in 69 games with the Atlanta Braves.

Sandoval is a two- day All- Star who played for the Giants ‘ 2010, 2012 and 2014 championship teams.

Sandoval played for the Giants from 2008- 14 before signing a$ 95 million, five- time commitmeȵt with the Boston Red Șox, who released him in the summer of 2017. Sandσval therefore made his second appearance for the Giants in 2017-20. He was with the Braves from 2020- 21.

He returned in the flower from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow from September 2019 and the Giants released him in September 2020. In what turned out to be his San Francisco goodnight, then-manager Bruce Bochy, a father figure to the Cuban pitcher, gave him one last at-bat despite the injury.

Sandoval has a. 278 batting average ,. 330 on- center portion ,. 443 slugging percentage, 153 homers and 639 RBIs in 1, 380 job typical- season games while largely playing next base.

Sandoval has batted . 338 with a. 921 OPS in 42 postseason games, including a. 426 average and 1. 162 OPS in 12 World Series contests.

Also on Thursday, the Giants signed left-hander Blake Snell, wⱨo has recently been signed. Manager Bob Melvin cσnfirmed that he will throw his first start on Friday at the team’s spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona, but that he is not sure when Snell wįll make his dȩbut. Before resigning as a free agent, Snell won the 2023 NL Cy Young Award wiƫh the Padres.