Update: Pablo Sandoval arrived at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. He obviously was in no mood for any greetings and salutations with the waiting media.
— Jessica Moran (@JessMoranCSN) February 21, 2016
Outfielder Chris Young was another early arrival in camp Sunday. That leaves Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz as the last two big names that have until Tuesday to arrive on time. Technically, players have until March 1 to report under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, but that date should not come into play for anyone.
So is Sandoval — who supposedly dropped 20 pounds in the offseason — looking any different from when he arrived last spring? It certainly look like Panda’s filling out every inch of that t-shirt [and we’re not saying one word about the grilling going on the background]:
— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) February 21, 2016
Pablo Sandoval said he has nothing to prove, last year was not a disappointment and the Red Sox did not ask him to lose weight.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) February 21, 2016
One year ago today:
Pablo Sandoval just challenged me to workout with him. There may be a 50-yard dash contest in our future. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/I39RZLVpK6
— Steve Silva (@stevesilva) February 21, 2015
Original Saturday night post: The TV guys had the cameras ready to roll since sunrise, the photographers had their fingers on the button, the scribes were scribbling their ledes, but alas, no Pablo Sandoval on Saturday.
The Panda — who doesn’t have to be here ’til Tuesday — did not arrive at Fenway South as was expected by Red Sox manager John Farrell. But tomorrow’s another day and the no-show news now makes it another early one for the JetBlue media crew.
Day 1 of Panda Watch, Pablo Sandoval pic.twitter.com/fY4yyQo8hm
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) February 20, 2016
Now this isn’t exactly Manny Reports-Late-to-Spring-Training-Yet-Again Ramirez we’re talking about. Pablo’s probably going to be an early arrival. Veterans David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia aren’t in camp either. But after the season the $95 million starting third baseman gave Red Sox fans last year — .658 OPS to go along with a career-worst .245 avg. — the change in Panda’s arrival plan has raised a few eyebrows.
“I’m confident he’ll be here [by Tuesday],” Farrell told reporters in Fort Myers Saturday. “So if he’s not here today, or if he reports later today, he’s going to be fine as far as his report time.”
One thing you can bank on. Pablo’s been hitting the gym hard with his brother Mike and head trainer Rafael Alvarez this offseason. It’s an annual tradition.
A video posted by Mike Sandoval (@mikesandoval0807) on
And you know he’s coming in to camp with that trademark cat-like quickness.
At least we already know Sandoval has learned his lesson — yet again — and dropped some significant weight in the offseason. This is something Panda’s done several times over the course of his career, only to gain the weight back again during the playing season. But here’s the skinny: he’s looking good now if the recent photo below is any indication.
— KFP48 (@KFP48) February 12, 2016
As usual, Dan Shaughnessy is the voice of reason here.
Re: Pablo Sandoval. I think Boston might be the only market where a player risks getting rippped if he doesn’t report early.
— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) February 20, 2016
But let’s face it, this is Boston. Apologies in advance, Pablo.
— Austin Eich (@Eich_AJ) February 20, 2016
— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) February 20, 2016
Sandoval enjoying the last few hours of the offseason pic.twitter.com/WtJiALDm2m
— Steve Perrault (@Steve_Perrault) February 20, 2016
— siri (@missSharkBait) February 13, 2016
A photo posted by Pablo Sandoval (@kfp48) on
And in news regarding the other Dynamic Duo brother, new first baseman Hanley Ramirez is going to Miami for the weekend. We assume HanRam — who has been in camp all week — has already mastered his new infield position so is going to celebrate somewhere in South Beach until the official reporting date [I’m sure he’s related to Manny somewhere down the family tree].
“He had a couple days of work here,” Farrell said. “Guys that come in at this point, they’re on their voluntary basis right now. So again, he’s going to get a lot of work in camp at first base.”
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 20, 2016