Pablo Sandoval again battling weight issues
In response to his offseason weight gain, the Giants will ask Pablo Sandoval to step up his conditioning efforts during spring training.
|Pablo Sandoval has presumably spent the offseason living large. (Getty Images)|
MLB.com's Chris Haft notes that Sandoval is listed at 262 pounds on the Giants' spring roster. In response, reports CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, the team will require Sandoval to put in extra conditioning, "both before and after the team’s workouts."
It's worth remembering that Sandoval's conditioning habits have long been a source of annoyance for the Giants. Although Sandoval has always been large, it's not good for a 26-year-old tasked with manning a semi-critical position to have such issues. He'll continue hitting even if not in premium shape, but his level of fitness is very much tied to his ability to field his position, run the bases and avoid nagging injuries -- three areas in which Sandoval leaves something to be desired.
On a more general level, there's little excuse for a human professional athlete (I say "human" so as to exclude NFL interior linemen) to be significantly overweight, absent some kind of glandular or emotional disorder.
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