You may not have noticed, but San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is looking just a teeny bit less heavy these days.
That’s because he has lost 22 pounds in six weeks. I’m not kidding.
Sandoval spoke to the media on Saturday after he beat out an infield single that knocked in a run against the Miami Marlins. He told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that there was “no way” he could have reached base before he started losing weight.
Sandoval has enlisted the help of his little brother, Luis, who recently graduated from a culinary school in Miami. Luis has been cooking tasty, but healthy meals for his big brother.
“Everything healthy,” said Sandoval, via CSN Bay Area. “He goes with me everywhere.”
Sandoval is listed as weighing 240 pounds, and it is not a stretch to say that the Giants are pretty concerned about his body. He came to spring training this past offseason even heavier than before, prompting questions and concerns that have showed on the field. Sandoval was hitting just .266 with nine homers in 103 games heading into Saturday’s game, where he went one-for-three with two RBI.
“It’s going to be important for me if I come to camp in the same shape as I did in 2011,” Sandoval said. “I’m going to keep working hard for next season. It’s important for me and my teammates to be better and do a lot of things to win games out there.”
In 2011, Sandoval was an All-Star and hit .315 with 23 home runs. That was also a year where he came into spring training having lost a lot of weight from the previous season.
Losing that much weight in a little over a month’s time is very impressive. The Giants hope that Sandoval can shed even more body fat and revert back to his 2011 form.