Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Emilio Juan Pedro Sandoval Jr. (born August 11, 1986) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in Major League Baseball for the Giants and the Boston Red Sox. He stands 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighs 268 pounds (122 kg). He previously played portions of three seasons for the Boston Red Sox and seven seasons for the San Francisco Giants. Nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda", Sandoval is a two-time All-Star and has won three World Series championships with the Giants. Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, becoming the fourth person to hit three home runs in a World Series game, and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). During the offseason, he plays for the Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Sandoval was born in Venezuela. He grew up an avid baseball fan, playing the game with his older brother and following the careers of Omar Vizquel and Andrés Galarraga. In 2002, Sandoval was signed by the San Francisco Giants. He worked his way through the minor leagues and debuted with the Giants in 2008, batting .345 in 41 games. Capable of playing first base, third base, and catcher, Sandoval became the Giants' starting third baseman in 2009, ceasing to catch that year and playing first base only occasionally. In 2009, Sandoval finished second in All-Star Final Vote balloting, batting .330 with 25 home runs and 90 runs batted in (RBI) in his first full season in the majors. However, Sandoval struggled in 2010 and was benched during the playoffs for the 2010 World Series, which the Giants won. He lost weight before 2011 and hit .315 with 23 home runs in 117 games. Injuries limited him to 108 games in 2012, but he was selected to his second-straight All-Star Game. Then, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, he joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series Game. For his contributions, Sandoval was named the World Series Most Valuable Player as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers. In 2013, he appeared in 141 games, batting .278 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI.

A free agent after the 2014 season, Sandoval signed a five-year contract with the Red Sox that offseason. Due to poor performance, the Red Sox released him in 2017. He then re-signed with the Giants but the Red Sox are responsible for his salary through the end of the 2019 season.

Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval on September 3, 2013
Sandoval with the Giants in 2013
San Francisco Giants – No. 48
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: August 11, 1986 (age 32)
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 14, 2008, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through June 15, 2019)
Batting average.281
Home runs143
Runs batted in607
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Sandoval was born to Pablo Sr. and Amelia Sandoval on August 11, 1986, in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela. He practiced baseball in an empty two-car garage with his older brother, Michael. His favorite players were Omar Vizquel (later his teammate on the Giants) and Andrés Galarraga. He was born left-handed but wanted to be able to play shortstop like Vizquel. Thus, at nine, he taught himself to throw right-handed as well. He can still throw with both hands, but throws right-handed during games.[1]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Sandoval received notice from scouts in 2002, when he went to the Dominican Republic for a scouting tournament. A scout for the Texas Rangers told Sandoval he would come to Venezuela to sign him, but he did not show up. After two weeks, Ciro Villalobos, a scout for the San Francisco Giants, offered Sandoval a contract, and he signed.[1] Sandoval began his professional career as a catcher in 2004 with the rookie AZL Giants, hitting .266 with no home runs and 26 runs batted in (RBI) in 177 at bats.[2]

In 2005, he was used almost entirely as a third baseman while playing for the Single-A short season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.[2] He hit .330 (second in the Northwest League to Mike Mooney's .342) with three home runs and 50 RBIs (one behind Luis Valbuena's total).[3] His batting average slumped in 2006 to .265. He had one home run and 49 RBIs with the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League that year, splitting time between first and third base. In 2007, he played for the Single-A advanced San Jose Giants, hitting .287 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. That season, he was used as a catcher and first baseman, and he helped San Jose win the California League championship.[2][4]

In 2008, he spent time with two minor league teams, San Jose and the Double-A Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League, before being called up to the majors. In 273 at bats for San Jose, he hit .359 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs. In 175 at bats with Connecticut, he hit .337 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. In total, he hit .350 with 20 home runs and 96 RBIs in 2008.[2]

San Francisco Giants

2008

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Sandoval catching for the San Francisco Giants.

Sandoval was called up to the Majors on August 13, 2008.[5] He debuted the next day, going 0-for-3 in a 7–4 loss to the Houston Astros. In his first Major League Baseball (MLB) plate appearance, he hit an RBI sacrifice fly.[6] He got his first hit against Mike Hampton in the second inning of his next game, August 16, on his way to going 3-for-5 in an 11–5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.[7] In 41 games in 2008, he hit .345 with three home runs and 24 RBI, striking out 14 times and grounding into six double plays in 154 at-bats.[4] He hit his first MLB home run on August 27 off Liván Hernández in a 4–1 triumph over the Colorado Rockies.[8]

On defense, Sandoval was used at first base, at third base, and at catcher.[9] Teammate Barry Zito gave Sandoval the nickname "Kung Fu Panda"[10] (after the then-recent movie); in a Zito win on September 19, the rotund Sandoval scored a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers by acrobatically jumping over the tag of catcher Danny Ardoin.[11]

2009

Sandoval made the Giants' Opening Day roster out of spring training in 2009 as the Giants' starting third baseman and backup catcher.[9][12] He served as a personal catcher for Zito at the beginning of the year.[13] On May 12, Sandoval hit his first walk-off home run against Joe Beimel to beat the Washington Nationals 9–7.[14] Following an elbow injury to Sandoval in May, the Giants called up Eli Whiteside to serve as the backup catcher on May 24; since then, Sandoval has not been used at all as a catcher.[4][15] After 73 games played, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler wrote that Sandoval had made the most impressive transition from the Giants farm system since 1986 when Will Clark and Robby Thompson were rookies.[16]

Sandoval's first days in the majors were marked by a tendency to free swing. Giants hitting coach Carney Lansford noted that Sandoval contributed to the team's drawing the fewest walks in the National League at a time when the overall number of walks throughout baseball had increased. "As much as I try to get him to be disciplined, it's like caging a lion. He leaves the dugout ready to swing the bat. I literally tell him before every at-bat, 'Swing at a strike.'"[17] Sandoval himself characterized his approach as "See ball, swing."[18] In July 2009, he was named a Sprint Final Vote candidate for the 80th annual All-Star Game for the final roster spot on the National League team.[18] He was edged by Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies on the last day of voting.[19]

On July 6, Sandoval hit his first career grand slam at home at AT&T Park against Sean West of the visiting Florida Marlins in a 5–4 victory.[20] He hit his first home run into McCovey Cove on July 30, the 50th anniversary of the MLB Debut of Willie McCovey, who was in attendance.[21] Sandoval said after the game, "It's special right now. I hit McCovey Cove and McCovey's here. He talks to me every time he's in the clubhouse."[22] Sandoval set a record for most hits by a Giants switch-hitter in a single season with 189 in 2009.[4]

Sandoval finished the 2009 season with 25 home runs and 90 RBI in 153 games. He had the second-highest batting average among NL hitters, at .330 (behind Hanley Ramírez's .342), and finished seventh in NL MVP voting.[23] Due to his service time in 2008, he was ineligible for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, which went to Chris Coghlan.[24]

2010

During the offseason, the Giants had Sandoval work on losing weight.[25] Sandoval, however, saw a sophomore slump in 2010. He struggled all season to come close to his 2009 totals and saw himself dropped to eighth in the batting order in a game on June 5.[4] One bright spot in the season came on August 12, when Pat Burrell and Sandoval hit back-to-back home runs against Randy Wells of the Cubs in an 8–7 victory. Sandoval's home run snapped a 46-game home run drought.[26] Sandoval finished the season with a .268 batting average, 13 home runs, and 63 RBI. He saw his batting average, as a right-handed hitter, plummet over 150 points from his 2009 batting average; he dropped from .379 to .227. His batting average with runners in scoring position also dropped during this period, from .301 in 2009 to .208 in 2010.[4] Overweight and unproductive, he was benched during the 2010 National League Championship Series for Juan Uribe and limited to three at-bats in the 2010 World Series. However, Sandoval earned his first World Series ring as the Giants won their first World Series since 1954, securing the championship in five games over the Texas Rangers.[27][28][29]

2011

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Sandoval tagging Anderson Hernández at third base.

Entering 2011, the Giants made a publicized campaign called "Operation Panda", which was aimed at getting Sandoval into better shape during the offseason. By the end of 2010, he had weighed 278 pounds. Sandoval hired Triple Threat Performance of Tempe, Arizona, to help him lose weight and help improve his performance. "Operation Panda" worked masterfully, with the third baseman losing 30-plus pounds,[30] and more importantly, it led to results on the field for Sandoval. After a subpar 2010 season, Sandoval returned to his 2009 form. He got off to a good start in 2011, but suffered a broken right hamate bone in late April and missed 41 games.[31] He was activated off the disabled list (DL) on June 14 and had a 22-game hitting streak from June 19 through July 14.[4][32] On July 10, 2011, Sandoval was selected to the National League All-Star team, becoming the first All-Star position player for the Giants since Barry Bonds in 2007. In his first All-Star at bat, Sandoval hit an RBI ground-rule double against Brandon League, helping the NL win the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.[33]

On September 15, 2011, Sandoval hit for the cycle at Colorado against pitcher Jhoulys Chacín. He had (in order) a two-run HR in the first, single in the second, double in the fifth and a triple in the sixth.[34] On September 19, 2011, Sandoval earned his first career "NL Player of the Week" Award.[35] In 2011, Sandoval hit .315 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs, a significant improvement from 2010. He only had 426 at bats for the season, down significantly from his totals from 2009 and 2010 due to the injury he suffered.[4]

2012

On April 26, 2012, Sandoval hit a single in the fourth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This was the 19th consecutive game since Opening Day in which Sandoval had a hit, setting a Giants franchise record for longest consecutive hitting streak to begin a season. The previous record – of 18 games – was set by Johnny Rucker in 1945.[36] Sandoval ran it up to 20 before it was snapped.[4] However, in May, Sandoval fractured his left hamate bone, an injury which kept him out until early June. Giants' head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said the day before Sandoval had surgery, "I guess the good news is both [hamate bones] will be gone tomorrow and he can't do it again."[37][38] On July 1, 2012, it was announced that Sandoval had beaten out David Wright for his second All-Star team, as the starting third baseman for the National League. The choice was considered somewhat controversial by fans and executives (particularly Sandy Alderson), as David Wright had a significantly higher batting average than Sandoval at the time. Wright made the team as a reserve, and as a reporter pointed out, Sandoval in 2009 "outperformed Wright, who was the fans' choice to start."[39] On July 10, at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, Sandoval highlighted the NL's five-run opening inning with the first bases-loaded triple in the history of the Midsummer Classic, off of reigning American League (AL) Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.[40]

Pablo Sandoval, 2012 World Series parade
Sandoval in the 2012 World Series Parade.

Sandoval injured his left hamstring at the end of July and was on the DL for the second time in 2012, from July 28 through August 13.[41][42] On September 20, he homered from both sides of the plate in a 9–2 victory over Colorado, becoming the sixth San Francisco Giant to accomplish the feat.[43] In 108 games (396 at bats), Sandoval batted .283 with 112 hits, 12 home runs, and 63 RBI.[4]

On October 24, 2012, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, Sandoval hit three home runs — two of them off Justin Verlander. He joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game, and is the first in history to hit those home runs in his first three plate appearances (in the first, third, and fifth innings).[44][45] On October 28, Sandoval was named the World Series MVP.[27][28] He also won the Babe Ruth Award for his overall postseason performance.[46] Sandoval set a new Giants franchise record for most hits in a postseason with 24, which included six home runs.[47]

2013

With the Giants trailing 1–0 in the ninth inning on April 30, 2013, Sandoval hit a two-run home run against J. J. Putz to give them a 2–1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.[48] At the end of April, he had 35 hits, tied for the NL lead with Starling Marte and, since 1900, the largest April total by a Giant.[4] On May 21, at AT&T Park and fighting the flu, he hit a 10th-inning, two-run home run against Yunesky Maya to give the Giants a 4–2 victory over Washington.[49] From June 9 through June 23, he was on the DL with a left foot injury.[50][51] On August 16, he had four hits and reached safely in all six plate appearances during a 14–10 victory over the Miami Marlins.[52] He hit three home runs on September 4 in a 13–5 victory over the Padres.[53] With that performance, Sandoval joined Ruth, Jackson, Pujols, George Brett, and Adrián Beltré as the only players to have three-homer games in both the regular season and the playoffs. In 141 games, Sandoval batted .278 with 146 hits, 14 home runs, and 79 RBI.[4]

2014

"Operation Panda" did not last, and by the end of 2013, Sandoval again needed to lose weight. Encouraged by several of his teammates and Giants' general manager Brian Sabean, he showed up at spring training several pounds lighter.[54] The weight loss did not lead to immediate results for Sandoval, who batted .167 with just six RBI in his first 31 games through May 6. However, over his next 42 games through June 21, he batted .351 with seven home runs and 27 RBI.[55]

In the 2014 NLDS, with a game-tying, RBI double in the top of the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals, Sandoval extended his National League postseason hitting record to 13 consecutive games.

In Game 3 of the 2014 World Series, his post-season on-base streak ended at 25. In Game 4, while ailing with the flu, his 13th multi-hit post-season game brought him to second in that category in franchise history, behind Frankie Frisch.

In Kansas City, in Game 7 of the World Series, Sandoval recorded his 26th hit of the postseason, setting a new record and caught Royals batter Salvador Pérez's pop-up foul ball for the final out to clinch the World Series championship for the San Francisco Giants. It was the Giants' third World Championship in a span of five seasons.[56] Sandoval became a free agent after the season ended.

Boston Red Sox

2015

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Sandoval with the Red Sox

On November 24, 2014, Sandoval came to an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a five-year, $90 million contract with a sixth year club option of $17 million or a $5 million buy-out.[57][58] The deal was officially announced on November 25.[59] Sandoval said, "It was a tough decision for me. It took me a long time to be sure that I was going to make the right decision... But I want a new challenge. I made that choice to be here in Boston because I need a new challenge."[60]

In 126 games of 2015, Sandoval batted .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI, all career lows since his first full season in 2009. He swung at 47.8% of pitches outside the strike zone (the highest percentage in the majors).[61]

2016

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported in January 2016 that Sandoval had switched agents and was now represented by Rick Thurman and Rafa Nieves of Beverly Hills Sports Council.[62] Looking to improve upon his first season in Boston, an overweight Sandoval struggled in spring training, and was replaced by Travis Shaw as the starting third baseman.[63] On April 13, Sandoval was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a shoulder strain.[64] On May 3, Sandoval underwent surgery on his left shoulder, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. On September 24, manager John Farrell told reporters that Sandoval was progressing ahead of schedule in his rehab, and could be an option for the Red Sox in the postseason should a need arise, as the team did acquire Aaron Hill during the season to help with third base depth.[65] Sandoval also made an effort at improving his fitness, losing 15 pounds by August while working at the Red Sox facility in Fort Myers.[66] Due to the injury Sandoval ended his 2016 season with six at bats.[67]

2017

Heading into the 2017 season, Sandoval battled in spring training to become the third baseman, competing against Josh Rutledge and a few others. Sandoval won the job after posting solid spring training numbers. He began hitting at the bottom of the Boston lineup, mainly between 6th and 8th in the order. Through 108 plate appearances, Sandoval continued his struggle from the 2015 season, hitting just .212 for the Red Sox before being placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 20 with an inner ear infection.[68] On June 27, he began a rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Class AAA International League.[69] He was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on July 14,[70] and released on July 19.[71]

Return to San Francisco

On July 22, 2017, the Giants signed Sandoval to a minor league contract.[72]

2017

Upon rejoining the Giants' organization, Sandoval played three games with the Class A-Advanced San Jose Giants and nine games with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, where he batted .222 and .207, respectively. On August 5, Sandoval was called up to San Francisco after Brandon Belt was put on the disabled list for a concussion. With the 2017 Giants, Sandoval appeared in 47 games, batting .225 with five home runs and 20 RBIs; defensively, he made 38 appearances at third base and nine appearances at first base.

2018

The Giants picked up Sandoval's option, worth the league minimum, for 2018.[73] He had a strong spring training, hitting four home runs as part of a .302/.333/.585 slash line.[74] He made the opening day roster out of spring training as a bench player, likely as a backup to newly acquired third baseman Evan Longoria.[75]

On April 28, Sandoval debuted as a pitcher in a 15–6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched a perfect ninth inning, inducing three groundouts with mostly curveballs averaging around 70 mph.[76] In 92 games for the Giants, he hit .248 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs.

International career

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Sandoval with the Navegantes del Magallanes

Like many Venezuelan MLB players, Sandoval plays in the Venezuelan Winter League during the offseason. He plays for the Navegantes del Magallanes. In 2013, Sandoval led his team to its first series title since the 2002 winter ball season. He was named the MVP of the Venezuelan postseason, three months after being named the 2012 World Series MVP. Sandoval said, "There's nothing like being champion here in Venezuela with the Navegantes. Although it can't be compared with winning the World Series, because they're different things. But it's very special to be champion here."[77]

Personal life

Sandoval's parents run a mechanical-engineering firm in Valencia, Venezuela.[1] His older brother, Michael, played in the Minnesota Twins' organization from 1999 through 2004 and, after a year of independent ball in 2009, played for San Jose in 2010.[1][78] Sandoval is a devout Roman Catholic, and makes the sign of the cross after each base hit. He attributes his success to his faith, saying it is important to be "seizing the opportunities offered in life by God and the need to fight tirelessly, not to survive but to excel."[79]

Sandoval has a daughter, Yoleadny (b. 2009), from his marriage to Yoletzade Sandoval, whom he divorced in 2010.

See also

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Preceded by
George Kottaras
Hitting for the cycle
September 15, 2011
Succeeded by
Scott Hairston
2009 San Francisco Giants season

The 2009 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 127th year in Major League Baseball, their 52nd year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 10th at AT&T Park. After four consecutive losing seasons, the team finished in third place in the National League West with an 88-74 record, 7 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Following Peter Magowan's retirement, Bill Neukom served as general managing partner of the Giants. After a season with the fewest home runs of any team since the 1993 Florida Marlins, general manager Brian Sabean said the Giants would attempt to bring in a power hitter as well as strengthening a bullpen that held a 4.45 ERA in 2008, fourteenth in the National League.After leading the National League Wild Card race for most of the season, the Giants were ultimately passed by the Colorado Rockies. The team finished third in the NL West and second in the Wild Card. Though they missed the playoffs, the Giants surpassed most expectations for their season; for example, Sports Illustrated projected that the Giants would finish with a record of 77–85. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins noted San Francisco's promising farm system (including products Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner) and the perceived weakness of the NL West as reasons to be optimistic about the Giants' potential. Additionally, the Giants' starting rotation boasted three Cy Young Award winners: Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito. After the season ended, Lincecum won his second straight Cy Young. The Giants would build on their surprising 2009 season the following year, winning the World Series. It would be their first in San Francisco.

2011 San Francisco Giants season

The San Francisco Giants are an American baseball team. Their 2011 season marked their 129th year in Major League Baseball, their fifty-fourth year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 12th in AT&T Park. They opened the 2011 season as the defending World Series champions on March 31, 2011. However, they were eliminated from post-season contention on September 24, 2011, finishing eight games behind that season's National League West champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite having the record of lowest runs scored of all time, they led the majors in 9th inning comebacks.

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 83rd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on July 10, 2012, during the 2012 Major League Baseball season at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals. This marked the third time the Mid-summer Classic had been played in Kansas City, with Kauffman Stadium (then named Royals Stadium) last hosting the event in 1973, the stadium's first year of existence. The event was also held at Municipal Stadium in 1960, when the Athletics were still based there, one of two played that season. The game was televised in the United States by Fox.

The National League shut out the American League for the sixth time in All-Star Game history. It was the third-largest margin of victory for any Mid-summer Classic. The TV ratings fell even further than the 2011 edition, earning a 6.8 rating and 12 share on Fox. The total number of viewers who watched any portion of the game was up 7 percent from the previous year, however, with 27.7 million total viewers.

2012 National League Championship Series

The 2012 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the San Francisco Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2012 World Series. The series, the 43rd in league history, began Sunday, October 14, and ended Monday, October 22, with Fox airing all games in the United States. The Giants came back from 3–1 deficit and outscored the Cardinals, 20–1, over the final three games to win the series, 4–3.

This was the third postseason meeting between the Giants and the Cardinals, and also marked the first time in MLB history since the creation of the League Championship Series in 1969 that the last two World Series champions faced off against each other for the pennant. The Giants won in 2010 while the Cardinals won in 2011. Coincidentally, the last two postseason meetings between the two teams occurred in the NLCS, which both ended on October 14, the day of Game 1. The Cardinals won Game 7 of the 1987 NLCS, while the Giants triumphed in the pennant-clinching Game 5 of the 2002 NLCS.

The Giants would go on to sweep the Detroit Tigers in the World Series in four games.

2012 San Francisco Giants season

The San Francisco Giants are an American baseball team. Their 2012 season marked their 130th year in Major League Baseball, as well as their 55th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and the thirteenth at AT&T Park. The Giants finished with a record of 94–68, 1st place in the NL West, and pulled off a massive upset over the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the Division Series thereby becoming the first National League team (8th in MLB History) to come back from a 2–0 deficit in a best-of-five series by sweeping three games in the opponent's park. The Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the NL Championship Series and advancing to the 2012 World Series to face the Detroit Tigers. They swept the Tigers in four games to win their second World Series title in three years.

2012 World Series

The 2012 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2012 season. The 108th edition of the World Series, the series was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants and the American League (AL) champion Detroit Tigers; the Giants won in a four-game sweep. This marked the Giants' seventh World Series title in franchise history, their second in San Francisco (they won five in New York), and their second in a three-year period (2010–2012). Their World Series sweep was the first by an NL team since the Cincinnati Reds swept the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 series and the first NL sweep not by the Reds since 1963, when the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees. This was also the first World Series since 1988 to feature both of that year's League MVPs. The Giants' Pablo Sandoval, who in Game 1 tied a record by hitting three home runs in one World Series game, two off Tigers' ace pitcher Justin Verlander, was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The San Francisco Giants held home field advantage for the World Series due to the NL winning the 2012 MLB All-Star Game: San Francisco hosted Games 1 and 2, and would have hosted Games 6 and 7 if these had been necessary to decide the Series. The 2012 series began on Wednesday, October 24, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California and ended on Sunday, October 28, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, with the conclusion of the fourth game.

The Tigers advanced to the World Series after sweeping the Yankees in the AL Championship Series. The Giants advanced to the World Series after winning the National League Championship Series 4 games to 3 over the St. Louis Cardinals,the 2011 World Series winners.

2014 San Francisco Giants season

The 2014 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 132nd year in Major League Baseball, their 57th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 15th at AT&T Park. The Giants finished the season in second place in the National League West, but qualified for the playoffs and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game and the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series. They defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series in five games and beat the Kansas City Royals in seven games in the 2014 World Series, their third World Series win in five years.

2014 World Series

The 2014 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 season. The 110th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 21 to 29. The Giants defeated the Royals four games to three to clinch their third World Series championship in a five-season span (2010–14), and their third overall since the club's move to San Francisco from New York. It was the Giants' eighth World Series championship in franchise history.

The Giants won Game 1 behind a strong pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner while the Royals won Games 2 and 3 as their pitchers limited San Francisco to 2 runs per game. The Giants won Games 4 and 5, thanks to 11 runs in Game 4 and Bumgarner's complete game shutout in Game 5. Kansas City tied the series in Game 6, shutting out San Francisco and scoring 10 runs, which forced a Game 7. The Giants won the final game, 3–2, thanks to timely hitting, including the game-winning RBI by Michael Morse to score Pablo Sandoval. Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings in relief on two days' rest to clinch the championship, claiming the series MVP award.

2015 Boston Red Sox season

The 2015 Boston Red Sox season was the 115th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the five-team American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. It was third last-place finish for the team in four years.

2015 Major League Baseball draft

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held from June 8 through June 10, 2015, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order is the reverse order of the 2014 MLB season standings. As the Diamondbacks finished the 2014 season with the worst record, they had the first overall selection. In addition, the Houston Astros had the 2nd pick of the 2015 draft, as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken, the first overall selection of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Twelve free agents received and rejected qualifying offers of $15.3 million for the 2015 season, entitling their teams to compensatory draft choices if they are signed by another team. The team signing the player will lose their first round choice, though the first ten picks are protected. The New York Mets surrendered their first round pick (15th overall) to sign Michael Cuddyer, while the Colorado Rockies gained a supplementary pick. The Toronto Blue Jays lost their pick for signing Russell Martin, giving a compensatory pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Boston Red Sox surrendered their second- and third-round picks (Boston's first pick is protected) to sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramírez. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers received supplementary picks.Dean Kremer became the first ever Israeli drafted in an MLB draft, when selected in the 39th round, by the Padres.

Cuauhtémoc Sandoval Ramírez

Cuauhtémoc Sandoval Ramírez (August 14, 1950 – February 22, 2012) was a Mexican politician, social anthropologist and founding member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution P.R.D. . He was twice elected as a federal deputy and once a Senator. He served in the Mexican congress as Secretary of Foreign Relations, a member of the National Defense Committee and he is on the Population, Borders and Immigration Issues committee.

Cuauhtémoc Sandoval Ramírez was the son of Pablo Sandoval Cruz, a distinguished politician in the State of Guerrero (Mexico). He had a degree in Social Anthropology, and was a founding member of the PRD. He is survived by two sons, Ernesto Sandoval Pastrana and Cuauhtémoc Sandoval Pastrana.

Dick Tidrow

Richard William Tidrow (born May 14, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets from 1972 to 1984. He was primarily known as a setup man, or pitcher before the closer; however, on occasion he would also start games. His best seasons were with the Yankees when he helped the team to two World Series championships in 1977 and 1978, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers twice in a row. He was traded the following season to the Cubs for Ray Burris.

He acquired his nickname, "Dirt", while playing for the Yankees, for his somewhat unkempt appearance and his tendency to get his uniform shirt dirty even before the start of a game. His high kick and sidearm delivery anticipated the style of Dennis Eckersley.

Tidrow joined the San Francisco Giants in 1994, serving two years as Major League scout for the American League before becoming Special Assistant to the General Manager in 1996. Since being promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 1997, he, along with general manager Brian Sabean, was in charge of building a ballclub which appeared in four World Series, including three Championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) within a span of five seasons. He oversaw a farm system that produced Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey. Tidrow's current title is Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.

Johnny Rucker

John Joel Rucker (January 15, 1917 – August 7, 1985) was an American professional baseball player, an outfielder who appeared in 705 Major League Baseball games played, 607 as a center fielder, over six seasons (1940–1941; 1943–1946) for the New York Giants. The native of Crabapple, Georgia — a nephew of former Major League pitcher Nap Rucker — batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg). He attended the University of Georgia.

Until broken by Pablo Sandoval in 2012, Rucker's 17-game hitting streak to start the 1945 campaign was the Giants' franchise record for a hitting streak to begin a season. The skein lasted from April 17 through May 9, and Rucker batted .333 with 28 hits in 84 at bats, with six doubles and two home runs. It was halted on May 11, 1945, by Frank Dasso of the Cincinnati Reds. During his MLB career, Rucker amassed 711 hits, including 105 doubles and 39 triples.

Rucker's professional career extended from 1938–1952, although he sat out the 1951 season.

Rucker is featured on the cover of the April 1, 1940 issue of Life magazine.

José Alguacil

José Luis Alguacil (born August 9, 1972) is a Venezuelan professional baseball coach and a former infielder and manager. He is the current first base coach of the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB), named to the post on November 7, 2016. A native of Caracas, he played minor league baseball in the Giants' and Chicago White Sox' organizations, as well as in the independent leagues, from 1993 to 2001. He batted .245 in 808 professional games. Alguacil was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 200 pounds (91 kg). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Alguacil began his managing career in the Short Season New York–Penn League with the 2004 Vermont Expos, spending three years with the club. In 2007, he rejoined the Giants as a roving minor league infield instructor, and worked for eight years (through 2014) in that post before returning to managing. He played a role in the development of fellow Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval as Sandoval rose through the Giants' system.He then piloted the Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2015 and Sacramento River Cats in 2016, compiling a record of 141–143 (.490).

McCovey Cove

McCovey Cove is the unofficial name of a section of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field wall of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, named after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey. The proper name for the cove is China Basin, which is the mouth of Mission Creek as it meets the bay. The cove is bounded along the north by Oracle Park, with a ferry landing and a breakwater at the northeast end. The southern shore is lined by China Basin Park and McCovey Point. To the east, it opens up to San Francisco Bay, while the west end of the cove is bounded by the Lefty O'Doul Bridge, named after San Francisco ballplayer and manager Lefty O'Doul.

Oracle Park

Oracle Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then SBC Park in 2003 after SBC Communications acquired Pacific Bell, the stadium was then christened AT&T Park in 2006, after SBC acquired AT&T and took on the name. The current name was adopted in 2019. The park stands along the San Francisco Bay, a segment of which is named McCovey Cove in honor of former Giants player Willie McCovey.

Oracle Park has also played host to both professional and collegiate American football games. The stadium was the home of the annual college postseason bowl game now known as the Redbox Bowl from its inaugural playing in 2002 until 2013, and also served as the temporary home for the University of California's football team in 2011. Professionally, it was the home of the San Francisco Demons of the XFL and the California Redwoods of the United Football League.

Public transit access to the stadium is provided within San Francisco by Muni Metro or Muni Bus, from the Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley via Caltrain, and from parts of the Bay Area across the water via various ferries of San Francisco Bay. The Muni 2nd and King Station is directly outside the ballpark, the 4th & King Caltrain station is 1.5 blocks from the stadium, and the Oracle Park Ferry Terminal is outside the east edge of the ballpark beyond the center field bleachers.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league baseball team in Keizer, Oregon, United States. They are a Short-Season Class A team in the Northwest League, and have been an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants since the Volcanoes' inception in 1997. They play their home games at Volcanoes Stadium, which opened in 1997 and seats 4,252 fans.

Sandoval

Sandoval is a habitational surname of Spanish origin. It primarily originates from Sandoval de la Reina, Spain, earlier called Sannoval, which is a blend word of Latin saltus (meaning 'grove' or 'wood') and Latin novalis (meaning 'newly cleared land').People so named include:

Aarón Sandoval, Mexican footballer

Andrew Sandoval, American songwriter, musician, producer and author

Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez (born 1938), Filipino jurist

Tony Sandoval, American long-distance runner

Arturo Sandoval, Latin-jazz musician

Brian Sandoval (born 1963), American politician, Republican governor of Nevada

Carla Sandoval (born 1982), Chilean pianist

Carlos Ramírez Sandoval (born 1939)

Carlos Sandoval (born 1956), composer, musician and sound artist

Carmen Barajas Sandoval (born 1925), Mexican aristocrat, film executive producer, bestselling author

Christopher X. Sandoval , California Educator with the Walnut Valley Unified School DistrictCristóbal de Sandoval, Duke of Uceda (1581–1624), minister of state for Philip III of Spain

Danny Sandoval (born 1979), Venezuelan baseball infielder

Diego de Sandoval (1505–1580), Spanish explorer and conquistador

Dominic Sandoval, Dancer and Youtube Personality

Elman Joel Sandoval, Honduran politician

Esther Sandoval (1927–2006), Puerto Rican actress

Eva Contreras Sandoval (born 1956), Mexican politician

Federico Sandoval II, Filipino congressman

Francisco de Sandoval Acacitzin (died 1554), native ruler of Itzcahuacan in Mexico after the Spanish conquest

Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma (1552/53-1625), a favorite of Philip III of Spain

Freddy Sandoval (born 1982), baseball third baseman

Fulvia Celica Siguas Sandoval, Peruvian transsexual woman

Gerardo Sandoval (born 1962), judge of the Superior Court of California

Gidget Sandoval, Miss International for 1983

Gonzalo de Sandoval (1497–1528), Spanish conquistador in New Spain

Hernán Sandoval (born 1983), Guatemalan football striker

Horacio Sandoval (born 1971), Mexican comic book artist

Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter

Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros, Mexican academic

Jery Sandoval (born 1986), Colombian actress, model and singer

Jesse Sandoval, American drummer, formerly of The Shins

José León Sandoval, President of Nicaragua from 1845–47

Juan Sandoval Íñiguez (born 1933), Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop, from Mexico

Julio Terrazas Sandoval (1936-2015), Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop, from Bolivia

Karl Sandoval, luthier

Kevin Sandoval, Guatemalan football forward

Luciana Sandoval (born 1980), Salvadoran television presenter, dancer and model

Luis Alonso Sandoval (born 1980), Mexican football striker

Luis Sandoval, Mexican-born American television reporter and presenter

Manuel de Sandoval, prominent military and the governor of Coahuila (1729–1733) and Texas

Martin Sandoval (born 1964), Democratic member of the Illinois Senate

Merril Sandoval (1925–2008), American Navajo World War II veteran

Miguel Sandoval (composer) (1903–1953), Guatemalan film composer

Miguel Sandoval (born 1951), American film and television actor

Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan professional baseball player

Pete Sandoval, drummer of the band Morbid Angel

Raúl Sandoval, Mexican actor and singer

Richie Sandoval (born 1960), American boxer

Roberto Parra Sandoval (1921–1995), Chilean singer-songwriter, guitarist and folklorist

Rubí Sandoval, Mexican female footballer

Samy y Sandra Sandoval, musical duo

Santiago Cristóbal Sandoval, Mexican sculptor

Shaina Sandoval (born 1992), American actress

Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of the band P.O.D.

Teresita Sandoval, (1811-1894) a founder of Pueblo, Colorado

Tom Sandoval, from Vanderpump Rules

Vicente Cerna Sandoval, president of Guatemala from 1865–71

Wellington Sandoval, Ecuadorian surgeon and former politician

The Franchise (TV series)

The Franchise is an American reality-documentary television show that debuted on July 13, 2011, on the Showtime television network. The series follows Major League Baseball (MLB) teams before and during the baseball season.

The first season of the show followed the San Francisco Giants as they defended their World Series title during the 2011 Major League Baseball season. The series focused mostly on the players themselves and followed their lives on and off the field. The players featured included Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Pablo Sandoval, Brian Wilson, Buster Posey, and Ryan Vogelsong. The Franchise provides a rare inside view into a Major League clubhouse, showing the ups and downs of a long and trying professional baseball season.

The second season premiered on July 11, 2012 and featured the Miami Marlins, in their first season in their new park. The season was cut short by one episode.On January 12, 2013, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins said the series will return if the "right team and the right story" is found. The Cleveland Indians have been linked to the show as a possible choice.

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