Jan 31, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT
I have no earthly idea how Pablo Sandoval maintains his portly physique with a schedule like this. Eschewing an off-season pretty much entirely, he played baseball for the Navegantes del Magallanes, a Venezuelan Professional Baseball League team. And on Wednesday he led them to an 11-9 win over the Cardenales in the the final game of the championship series.
Sandoval, the first player from Venezuela to win a World Series MVP, had a home run, two doubles and two RBI in the game. It was the team’s first title since 2002.
Sandoval batted .300 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the series. Sandoval’s team will go on to represent Venezuela in the upcoming Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Also playing for the Navegantes this season: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who at 5-foot-5 is the shortest active major leaguer.
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