Krukow: Sandoval has ‘eating disorder; can't control himself'


In January, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Pablo Sandoval "is roughly 20 pounds lighter than the last game he played for us in 2015."

But when Sandoval reported to Red Sox camp on Sunday, that didn't look to be the case.

"It's unfortunate," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Monday morning. "We love the guy. He was amazing in our uniform and amazing for our city ... there's no more charismatic guy that I've ever met than this guy. You can't help but love this guy.

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"He's just one of those people that you want to be around. And it's unfortunate. I mean, he has an eating disorder. It's plain and simple. He can't control himself."

Although Sandoval didn't report to camp in the best of shape, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski isn't worried.

“I’m not concerned,” Dombrowski told the Boston Globe. “We were watching him very closely all winter. We had people with him at least once a week. The goal was for Pablo to get in better overall condition and I feel like he did improve.

“Pablo has the body type he has. He’s never going to be svelte. We know that. We wanted him to be prepared for spring training and he is.”

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Sandoval was an All-Star with the Giants in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, he racked up 26 hits over 71 playoff at-bats -- breaking the record for most hits over a single postseason.

But in his first year with Boston, he hit just .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI -- all career lows. He also struggled defensively with a .949 fielding percentage.

"The sad part about it, is it may cut his career short," Krukow said. "And it's a career that we believed could be an All-Star career. And he was rewarded with a nice chunk of change with Boston. And they gave him a mulligan last year, but those mulligans are gone. And they're gonna make his life miserable...

"... It wears on him. It means a lot to him that people like him. I think that really is what fuels him -- when he's loved and liked. He was revered here and adored. He's not gonna get that adulation in Boston. There's gonna be criticism and it's gonna snowball and it's gonna get ugly, and it's gonna hurt him.

"He's not gonna handle it well. And there's really only one thing he can do about it and that's get in better shape. Be a physical specimen and have a good year."

Sandoval's weight was constantly an issue over his seven seasons in San Francisco.

"When he was the Giants, they fought it every day," Krukow added. "They challenged him every day. They were in his grill every day. They never let up on him. And when he left San Francisco, he had some ill feelings because of it.

"Now, those things are gonna happen to him again, unless he can get the weight off and keep it off and maximize his talents ... I just wish him the best. I just want him to do well and be the best that he can be. And unfortunately, he's kind of getting in the way of himself."

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