The San Francisco Giants did away with the Detroit Tigers in four games, thanks in large part to the hitting of Giants’ third baseman Pablo “Kung-Fu Panda” Sandoval. Sandoval hit .500 with three home runs, a double and four RBIs in 16 World Series at-bats. All three of his homeruns came in the 2012 World Series opener, tying him with Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols for most home runs in a single World Series game.
Sandoval had an impressive post-season overall, hitting .369 with five doubles, six homers and 13 RBI.
Sandoval was en-route to getting cut by the Giants, last season, due to weight issues. But he rebounded nicely, hiring a personal chef and engaging in a rigorous training program. Sandoval’s weight is listed at 240 on the Giants’ website, 235 on the players’ site. At one point, he had been up to at least 272. He credits the weight loss to his improved play, both offensively and defensively.