The Giants released Pablo Sandowal; The franchise icon says his heart will be in San Francisco forever


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The San Francisco veteran nominated franchise icon Pablo Sandowal on Thursday. Sandowal was put on release wavers by the Giants.

It is possible that another team may take Sandoval for their bench, but this could end Sandoval’s MLB career. Here’s how the veterans said goodbye:

Sandowal, 34, signed a minor-league tie with the Giants this winter following Tommy John’s surgery in September last year. He earned a spot on the 40-man roster and, with Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria on the injured list to start the 2020 season, he made some starts at first base. Later, Sandowal transferred to the designated hitter. But he was nonchalant at the plate, batting just 220 / .278 / .268 through 90 plate appearances.

Sandoval wrote in his official tweet, “Thank you San Francisco veteran, my teammates, coaches and the world’s best fans.” “It’s a privilege and privilege to play for you. My heart will be in San Francisco forever.”

Sandoval helped the Giants win three World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He received MVP honors at the World Series in 2012 against the Detroit Tigers, when he scored 4 for 1. Three out of three in the game, two of them coming homers. Starter Justin Verlander. He became only the fourth player after Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols to score three home runs in a World Series game.

Sandowal spent the first seven years of his career with the Giants before signing a five-year contract with the Red Sox prior to the 2015 season. It was a swearing-in with Boston that ended with his release and the Red Sox are still on the hook with about $ 50 million remaining on his contract. The Giants and Sandoval reunited in 2017.

Sandowal made his 2008 debut and played for the Giants in 11 of his 13 major league seasons. He currently owns 1,266 hits, 149 homers and 112 OPS + in 1,310 career games.

Entering Thursday, the Giants (23-21) have won five straight games, and eight of their final 10. With a 16-team extended postshean this year, San Francisco currently owns No. 7 in the National League is.