Pablo Sandoval

Brandon Crawford: Pablo Sandoval is 'a lot more athletic than he looks'

Ryan Hannable
July 13, 2015 - 5:27 pm

CINCINNATI -- Not many people know more about Pablo Sandoval than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, as the 28-year-old shared the left side of the infield in San Francisco with Sandoval from 2011-14. Sandoval has committed 10 errors already this season, this after only 11 all of last year. Besides a stretch of four in just over a week's span in mid-June, the third baseman's defense has been much improved. Crawford was surprised when told Sandoval's defense has been questioned at times in Boston. "I think Pablo is a very athletic third baseman," he said. "I haven't been able to watch him a whole lot this year, but playing on the left side with him for a few years, he's a lot more athletic than he looks. He does a good job over there." Sandoval won three World Series titles with the Giants in his seven seasons before signing a five-year, $100 million with the Red Sox last December. Without Sandoval, the Giants are 46-43 following a miserable April where they went 9-13. "I think we miss his energy probably sometimes," catcher Buster Posey said. "He was always a really loud, or is I'm sure, loud and excitable guy. That's something that you can't teach, some people just have it." Even though he's only been in Boston half a season, fans are well aware of his upbeat attitude and enjoyment of playing the game, which was what he was most known for in San Fransisco. "He always has fun playing the game," Crawford said. "That's something that anyone can see with Pablo. He just has a good time playing baseball. That's kind of his thing."