Giants release former World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants announced on Thursday that the club has released veteran infielder Pablo Sandoval.

a baseball player standing next to a base on a field: The San Francisco Giants released Pablo Sandoval.

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The San Francisco Giants released Pablo Sandoval.

In corresponding roster moves, San Francisco recalled infielder Justin Smoak, reinstated left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly from the injured list and optioned right-hander Rico Garcia to the team’s alternate training site.

Sandoval, 34, was hitting .220 with one home run, six RBI and 18 strikeouts across 33 games during his second stint with the Giants. From 2008 through 2014 with the franchise, he was named to a pair of All-Star squads and won three World Series rings.

The Boston Red Sox signed Sandoval, the 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player, to a five-year, $95 million contract after the 2014 campaign but released him in July 2017 after he largely underperformed with the club. San Francisco quickly welcomed him back to the organization,

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Walker: For East Bank All-Stars, Little League World Series title still feels like yesterday | Sports

Elwanda Tulloch

The calendar says it’s been a year.

The memories say otherwise.

“It feels like it was just yesterday,” said Reece Roussel. “I think about it almost every day, mainly at night. I still think how did we do that? No way.”

But, yes, they did it.

It’s been 366 days since then 12-year-old shortstop Stan Wiltz caught that line drive August 25, snatching the ball and a bit of history all at the same time.

Wiltz’s catch was the final out, putting the exclamation point on the magical run of the east bank team from River Ridge, which became the first team from Louisiana to win the Little League World Series with the 8-0 victory over Curacao.

“I still think about the process and all the practices we went through to get to that point,” Wiltz said. “It’s hard to believe that we ever did something like that. It’s so

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Playoff-contending Giants tied for worst odds to win 2020 World Series

Elwanda Tulloch

With half of the 2020 MLB season finished for most teams, World Series odds have been updated. 

+30000 ($10 wins $3,000) at William Hill. Those odds are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners for the worst in MLB.” data-reactid=”22″The Giants are listed at +30000 ($10 wins $3,000) at William Hill. Those odds are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners for the worst in MLB.

If the season ended Monday, the Giants would occupy the seventh playoff spot in the NL. The Pirates, Royals and Mariners would all sit in last place in their respective divisions. 

the Giants odds

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Celebrating the Five Year Anniversary of Webb City, Missouri’s Little League World Series Appearance

Elwanda Tulloch

Five years ago today (Friday, August 21), a 12-year-old boy stood on a pitcher’s mound in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in front of 30,000-plus fans (mostly cheering for the other team) and surrendered what was essentially a meaningless grand slam in a blow-out loss. And in so doing, he managed to capture the attention of the nation.

His team was already losing 14-0 in the third inning. When you’re down that much, what’re four more runs after all? And by the way, this wasn’t just any home run, but rather an absolute bomb.

Here’s the thing: The pitcher didn’t mope or pout or throw a temper-tantrum or hide his face in his glove in embarrassment. In fact, his response was the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Not only did he not cry, but he celebrated; he reveled in the moon shot sailing over his head.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mekhi Garrard

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