Pablo Sandoval: Facts About His Baseball Career

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Pablo Sandoval was born in Venezuela. He was a baseball fan as a kid and idolized Omar Vizquel and Andrés Galarraga. When he traveled to the Dominican Republic for a scouting tournament, a representative of the Texas Rangers promised to sign him. When the person flaked, a scout for the San Francisco Giants offered Sandoval a contract and he signed it. He played for the AZL Giants in 2004 and later for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The last teams he played for in the Minor Leagues were the San Jose Giants and Double-A Connecticut Defenders in 2008, before he started with the S.F. Giants later in 2008.

Pablo Sandoval enjoyed a spectacular baseball career with the S.F. Giants. He played for the team starting in 2008. In May 2009, he batted his first home-run hit against Joe Beimel to defeat the Washington Nationals 9-7. His first grand slam occurred in July against Sean West of the Florida Marlins. Sandoval set a record for the most hits by a Giants switch-hitter in a single season with 189 in 2009. He was nominated for the 80th annual All-Stars game in 2009. In 2012 he was awarded the World Series MVP and the Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the World Series. Barry Zito provided the nickname “Kung Fu Panda” after Sandoval scored a run against the L.A. Dodgers by jumping over Danny Ardoin.

Pablo Sandoval will not be joining the San Francisco Giants team roster in 2015. He will be departing the sunny shores of the California Bay Area and heading northeast to play for the Boston Red Sox. On his Twitter account @The_Panda48, he tweets: “Well it’s time to try out that AL [American League] baseball now. San Francisco will always have a place in my heart.” Fans will miss the familiar presence of the “Kung Fu Panda” in the AT&T Park dugout in San Francisco. 

Want to catch the last moments of Sandoval donning the S.F. Giants uniform and team gear? Browse through our collection of Pablo Sandoval posters that highlight key moments of his baseball career. 

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