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Pablo Sandoval Is Reportedly Reuniting With The San Francisco Giants

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It did not take Pablo Sandoval very long to find a new home after his release from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. He is reportedly heading back to the Bay Area to reunite with his old team, the San Francisco Giants.

Sandoval, 30, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday. He was officially released from the team on Wednesday. The Giants were very quick to act, as they reached a minor league deal with Sandoval hours after his release, according to multiple reports. The slugging third baseman will now once again be playing for the organization that he spent his first seven Major League seasons with.

Since signing with the Red Sox, Sandoval has struggled to duplicate the success that he had in San Francisco. Prior to the 2015 season, he agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal with Boston. In his first year with the Red Sox, Sandoval batted .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. His 2016 season was cut short when he landed on the disabled list in April due to a shoulder strain. He ended up having shoulder surgery on his left shoulder a few weeks later. Sandoval was sidelined for the rest of the season following the surgery.

Unfortunately, Sandoval was unable to have a successful comeback with the Red Sox this season. Before being released, he was hitting .212 with just four home runs and 12 RBIs in 32 games. The last time Sandoval played in a game for the Red Sox was on June 19. On June 20, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to an inner ear infection.

After an unsatisfactory tenure with the Red Sox, it will be interesting to see if reuniting with his old team will help Sandoval get his confidence back. During his time with the Giants, he was a two-time All-Star. Perhaps the best season of his career was in 2011, when he batted .315 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs. He had a good year again in 2012, and even won the World Series MVP Award as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series. Sandoval hit .500 and blasted three home runs during that World Series.

During his time in San Francisco, Sandoval was a fan favorite. Giants fans affectionately called him, “Kung Fu Panda”. They were obviously very upset when he left.

The last time Sandoval was wearing a Giants uniform, he caught a pop-up in foul ground hit by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. This out was the final one of the game, and it clinched the 2014 World Series championship for the Giants. Ever since then, Sandoval has not been the same player. The Giants have not been the same team either, as they have yet to win a playoff series since his departure. Even though the Giants will almost certainly not make the playoffs this season, this reunion could be exactly what the team and Sandoval both need right now.

 

Aspring sports broadcaster/writer. Freshman Television-Radio major at Ithaca College. Die-hard Mets, Giants, Nets, and Devils fan.

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Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith

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The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.


“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

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Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team

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Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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