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Wed, 03 Feb 2010

Pablo Sandoval Signed SSK

23 years old super rookie, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants has signed a bat, fielding glove and performance undershirt endorsement deal with SSK. He tried swinging SSK bats last season influenced by his veteran countrymen, Bobby Abreu and Carlos Guillen who also swing SSK bats and he loved the feel and balance of SSK hard rock maple bats; Pablo was also very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship. The 5'11" - 245lb switch hitter's favorite specification is 34"-32oz hard rock maple bat in a natural finish.

On defense, the Giants have used him as a utility player at third base, first base, and, for a short period, as a catcher for pitcher Barry Zito. He selected SSK, who can give him a quality fielding gloves and services preparing his first baseman's mitt and third baseman's glove with black and orange as he requested. He currently uses a 12"solid black with Double-T web and open back for third base, and a 12" black and orange in two-tone with Triple-T web and open back at the first base position. Sandoval is unique in his talent for throwing a ball with both hands. He was originally left hand thrower until he was 10 years old. He longed to be a good infielder like Omar Vizquel and changed his throwing hand to right then.

He is also very excited to wear the brand new SSK performance undershirt made of 100% polyester Moisture Sensor fabric that will be delivered to him in Scottsdale, AZ on February 25th.

Born in Carabobo, Venezuela on August 11, 1986, he spent time with two minor league teams, the Single-A San Jose Giants and Double-A Connecticut Defenders, before being called up to the major leagues. In a total of 448 at bats, he hit .350 with 20 home runs and 96 RBIs in 2008. Sandoval was called up to the major on August 13, 2008 skipping Triple-A Fresno team and debuted the next day, August 14.

Sandoval's personality and sense of humor are huge presence in the Giants clubhouse and on the field. His nickname is Kung Fu Panda, given to him by Barry Zito after a play on September 19, 2008, where he scored a run against the LA Dodgers by jumping over the tag of the catcher, scoring from second base on a single by Bengie Molina.

Sandoval finished the 2009 season with the second-highest batting average among NL hitters at .330, 25 home runs and 90 RBIs, and finished seventh in NL MVP voting. SSK wishes him well in the 2010 season, and to become a MLB super star in near future.

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