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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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Cubs Investigating Fan Who Allegedly Made White Supremacy Gesture

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The Chicago Cubs are investigating an incident that occurred during the broadcast of a game against the Miami Marlins which showed a fan who flashed a hand sign that is sometimes associated with white power, an upside-down OK signal, behind commentator Doug Glanville.

The Cubs are trying to locate the fan and possibly ban him from games, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.

“An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a statement.

“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field. We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.”

“Any derogatory conduct should be reported immediately to our ballpark staff. Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”

 

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Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

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The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning. Montgomery,who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, passed away at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Phillies staff back in 1971 and late became a minority owner in 1981.

Montgomery served as Phillies’ chairman since 2015 when he returned from a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment.

Montgomery also served as team president, among many other roles, during his nearly five-decade tenure with the Phillies organization, leaving an iconic and memorable impression on the entire organization.

During that time, the Phillies won five National League pennants and two World Series titles, the most recent coming back in 2008.

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Orioles’ Flagship Radio Station Apologizes for Publicizing Rumor that Team Might Move to Las Vegas

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The Baltimore Orioles have issued an apology for the on-air comments made during a broadcast of their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan.

During a show this past Saturday on the station, Baltimore sports host Bruce Cunningham brought guest Benjamin Neil, a local lawyer, which turned into a discussion regarding Neil’s comments that an anonymous buyer had put a $3 billion bid on the table for the Orioles and that this mystery person planned on moving the team to Las Vegas, which you can listen to right here.

Naturally, this sent the fanbase into a panic and 105.7 The Fan Director of Sports Programming Chuck Sapienza issued the following apology, while dismissing the report as a baseless rumor, on Twitter.

The rumor was believable considering just how terrible the Orioles have been in recent years, and how their only marketable star during the past decade, Manny Machado, was eventually traded in yet another rebuild.

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