Pablo Sandoval: Red Sox Infielder’s Belt Opens While Fouling Off Pitch

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
April 10, 2016 Updated: April 10, 2016

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had a tough night against the Blue Jays on April 9. Not only did he go 0-for-4, with three strikeouts, he nearly lost his pants. 

A video shows Sandoval’s belt sliding undone as he swings to hit a pitch from Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey. Sandoval, 5-foot-11 and weighing 255 pounds, then finished the at-bat without a belt and struck out. 

Watch Pablo Sandoval’s Belly Hilariously Break His Belt At-Bat…

Watch Pablo Sandoval’s belly hilariously break his belt at-bat against the Toronto Blue JaysRIP belt. [Via]

Posted by Complex on Saturday, April 9, 2016

The team demoted the longtime San Francisco Giants third baseman to a bench role this season—despite owing him more than $75 million over the next four years—in favor of the relatively-untested Travis Shaw.

Sandoval hit a career worst .245/.292/.366 (average/on-base/slugging) with just 10 home runs and 47 RBIs last season—his first in Boston after hitting .294/.346/.465 in seven seasons by the bay. Even worse, the switch-hitting Sandoval hit just .049 (2 for 43) as a right-handed hitter against southpaws last year, which neutralized any homefield advantage he had with Boston’s Green Monster in left field.

Further hurting him was Sandoval’s defense at the hot corner. Never a Gold Glove winner, Sandoval’s defensive wins above replacement for 2015 was -0.9, according to baseball-reference—his worst since his first full season in 2009. At least his belt has stayed on in the field though.