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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The Sandoval dilemma

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes: The full text runs below: The Bay Area has descended into serious Panda-monium. Or maybe we’re all suffering from Panda-mania and need prescription drugs to calm our frantic mood. It’s all because Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a free agent and he’s shopping himself around the major leagues for lots of bucks with lots of years on a whopper contract. That certainly is his prerogative, and… Read More »

Is Pablo Sandoval pressing?

Here is a link to my Sunday column on Pablo Sandoval. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Bennett didn’t sing in China Basin on Saturday. It’s nice to hear Tony croon “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” after every Giants home win, a lovely tradition at AT&T Park, Tony with his raspy meticulous understated voice putting all that emotion into it. No Tony for the Giants after the Rockies beat them 1-0. The crisis moment of… Read More »

Pablo Sandoval wants Hunter Pence money

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Pablo Sandoval’s contract request. The full text runs below: Pablo Sandoval has a lot of nerve. As you know, 2014 is the final year of Sandoval’s contract. In baseball parlance it is his contract year. His representative and the Giants have been talking about an extension, and that’s where things get sticky and that’s where Sandoval has a lot of nerve. His agent has asked for — demanded, actually — a… Read More »

Pablo Sandoval talks

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Pablo Sandoval. The full text appears below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Pablo Sandoval was listening to Marco Scutaro from a distance. It was the first day of full-team workouts for the Giants and it was 8:30 Wednesday morning and Marco Scutaro was presiding. Master of ceremonies. He was telling a story in Spanish to 12 — count them — Latin players and they all would burst out laughing at his punch lines. Sandoval… Read More »

Pablo Sandoval must stop being Fatso

Here  is a link to my Sunday column about Pablo Sandoval and how the Giants are rebuilding themselves. The full column appears below: So much depends on Fatso the Third Baseman. For the San Francisco Giants, that is. The Giants are in desperate need of a power hitter, and Fatso, in smaller incarnations, has been that guy. He has a quick bat from either side of the plate. He’s just a natural-born hitter, except when he can’t get around on… Read More »

Pablo Sandoval slays the dragon

Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Pablo Sandoval’s big game: SAN FRANCISCO Calling Pablo Sandoval The Panda isn’t enough, not anymore. It doesn’t do justice to what he did in Game 1 of the World Series. Sandoval hit three home runs, hit them in his first three at-bats. Amazing. So, maybe we should stop calling him just plain Panda and rename him The Panda of Swat or The Power Panda or The Slayer of Verlander. Because he… Read More »

Sandoval returns in a still-chubby state

Here are the first few paragraphs of my Sunday column about the return of Pablo Sandoval: SAN FRANCISCO The Panda got fat. There’s no other way to put it. When he walks into a room, his stomach precedes him. When he buys a suit jacket at the big and tall store, he sneaks into the section marked “Hefty.” There is nothing wrong with being overweight if you’re a regular person. I myself need to lose a cool 10 pounds. It’s… Read More »

Bochy gives Sandoval the news

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about Bruce Bochy and Pablo Sandoval: SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy is in a tough situation. It’s all about Pablo Sandoval. How Bochy handles Sandoval is important — serious. Bochy will handle Sandoval just fine. Here’s the deal. The Giants aren’t saying anything about Sandoval’s legal issues which involve alleged sexual assault Friday night in Santa Cruz. In fact, they aren’t saying much about Sandoval at all. We know Bochy… Read More »

Is Pablo Sandoval fat?

As you know, Pablo Sandoval has a lot of problems, mostly legal. But his position on the Giants isn’t so hot either, based on excessive weight around the tummy area. I had blogged earlier in the season that he seems to have gained back the weight he lost, or most of it. I wondered if the Giants noticed. Apparently, they have — they should have. Andrew Baggarly of ComcastSportsNet.com wrote this piece about Sandoval and chubbytude. To read Andy’s piece,… Read More »