Boston Red Sox 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval has hit the disabled list once again in 2017 – is this the end of the Panda?
Simply put, there hasn’t been a player that has underwhelmed as much as Pablo Sandoval. He isn’t getting it done, he hasn’t gotten it done, he will not be getting it done. Not in a Red Sox uniform at least. Before the 2015 season, the Sox signed the Panda to a 5 year deal worth $95 million and also signed Hanley Ramirez to a 4 year $88 million dollar deal with a 5th year option.
Panda hasn’t been doing any damage since returning from his last DL stint. After starting Spring Training on fire, he’s flamed out rather quickly and it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting a chance back with the team any time soon. After being sent to the disabled list for an inner ear infection where the Sox ended up putting Christian Vazquez at 3rd base, they no longer trust Sandoval at the hot corner.
A couple of times this year, we’ve seen grounders headed to 3rd where Panda has casually jogged to the ball but not actually full out run for the ball. The plethora of throwing errors hasn’t helped either. Several other players have manned the corner a heck of a lot better than the Panda. While those players certainly aren’t game changers they won’t cost the Sox games. Panda isn’t gonna win any either and could lose a few.
In the month of June, Pablo is slashing .147/1/1 with five hits and just a double as his only extra base hit outside of the solo home run. So through 14 games this month, we’ve gotten just one home run, not really deserving of a $19 million dollar annual salary. If 100% of Red Sox Nation doesn’t also agree with me now that we rushed into this contract, I don’t know what to tell you.
The Panda is unofficially done in Boston and done in the game of Baseball. His memories will live on San Francisco for being clutch in the playoffs. His memories in Boston will be that of headaches and heartaches. The odds of Sandoval being brought back up at this point are slim to none. He’d do all of a us a favor if he simply hung them up and called it a career.
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