"I want to be there 100 percent every day," said Sandoval, who entered Friday leading San Francisco in batting average (.322), home runs (21) and RBIs (77). "When you put your mind like that, you're going to feel great."
Sandoval added that his postgame workouts, which include riding a stationary bicycle and exercising his core, have helped his stamina.Giants manager Bruce Bochy agreed with Sandoval, dismissing fatigue as a factor.
"I think as much as anything, he's getting a little anxious," Bochy said. "You start pressing a little bit, trying to do too much. We just have to get him back to being himself. He doesn't have to carry this ballclub. He's getting a little bit pull-conscious, I think. Relax and have some fun with this."Assuming the cleanup spot from Bengie Molina, an assignment that might unnerve some players, hasn't affected Sandoval. "I'm the same guy, whether I hit first, third, fourth, fifth," Sandoval said. Sandoval will opt for a less frenetic routine this offseason, however. He plans on spending more time with his family in Weston, Fla., and probably will play only about 20 games in winter ball.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.