The Boston Red Sox are one of the favorites to represent the American League in the 2017 World Series and Pablo Sandoval hopes he can regain form after a down period while with the team.
The talented third baseman feels he is back on the right track and Boston coaches and the front office agree.
Sandoval is back starting at third and appears he is in better condition this spring than last spring and that has shown with his play in the field.
It appears that Sandoval is more agile and nimble on both defense and running the base paths.
Sandoval said things were going good as he is finally healthy again. He said that this spring nothing is bothering him and he can focus on doing his thing on the field and in the batter’s box.
Sandoval, who is 30, sat our Boston’s 4-0 win on Friday over Baltimore. However, he has played in seven games and 38 innings on defense, which is more than any of the other regulars on the team. Sandoval also has 7 hits in 21 at bats.
Sandoval started his major league career in 2008 as a San Francisco Giant. He helped San Francisco to three World Series championships prior to signing for $95 million with Boston, prior to the start of the 2015 season.
With Boston, he has played in only 129 games batting .242 with just 10 home runs.
Last spring, Travis Shaw beat Sandoval out for the starting third base job after Sandoval arrived at camp overweight and not in good condition. He only played three games before season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
This spring, Boston manager John Farrell has seen a different Sandoval. He says Sandoval is having fun on the field and feels good about himself, which Farrell believes comes from renewed confidence related to his abilities.
Not only have the coaches seen changes in Sandoval, but his own teammates have as well. Dustin Pedroia said Sandoval has been awesome this spring.
Pedroia the star second baseman for Boston said he played against Sandoval while the third baseman played in San Francisco and knows the type of player he was and this spring he is playing like he did as a Giant.
After two disappointing seasons to start his career with Boston, Sandoval is aware of the high expectations the fans have for him this season and he is ready to let his play on the field and at the plate speak for itself.