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Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hears the cheers from home fans, probably for the last time – The Mercury News

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Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hears the cheers from home fans, probably for the last time – The Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning of an exhibition that was meaningless until Pablo Sandoval was sent into the game to replace third baseman Matt Chapman.

It was at that point the crowd of 27,706, Giants and A’s fans alike, as well as the home dugout, rose in unison in celebration of the iconic “Panda” who likely played his final game with the organization that first brought him to the major leagues in 2008.

Rather than send Sandoval out initially, Giants manager Bob Melvin waited and then sent Sandoval into the game to get his proper due.

Talking with reporters before the game, Melvin wouldn’t divulge how he would use Sandoval but did say he expected a large ovation.

“I expect it to be immense,” Melvin said. “It has been all spring long and I wouldn’t expect it to be anything different. Especially here. Got a plan for him.”

Sandoval got standing ovation No. 2 with two out in the sixth, facing relief pitcher Austin Adams with the A’s leading 3-0.

He wasn’t going up to the plate to walk.

Sandoval fouled off four straight pitches before striking out on a foul tip. As he walked to the dugout, Sandoval received his third standing ovation.

Leading off the ninth against right-hander Vinny Nittoli and the fans chanting “Let’s go Panda,” Sandoval rose to the moment by punching a broken bat single to right after seeing seven pitches and swinging at six. He was removed to yet another standing ovation.

The Giants closed to within 3-1 on an RBI single by Joey Bart, but got no further.

The Giants have not yet announced whether Sandoval would remain with the organization, perhaps playing in Triple-A Sacramento, or be released at age 37.

Sandoval played with the Giants from 2008 through 2014 — on three world champions — and again as a spot pinch hitter and reserve from 2017 to 2020.

In 571 games at AT&T Park (the name of the Giants park for most of his Giants tenure), Sandoval hit .302 with 66 home runs and 288 RBIs in 571 games.

Sandoval played two seasons with the Atlanta Braves and spent the last two seasons playing in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Returning to the Giants for spring training, Sandoval was 5-for-25 (.200) coming in with no home runs and two RBIs.





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