02/16/2013 7:10 PM ET
Vogelsong continues to inspire with career
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Anybody who knows Ryan Vogelsong's saga can sense that it would inspire anybody trying to succeed, in or out of baseball.
The Giants right-hander has realized this. During the offseason he was featured in a handful of speaking engagements, including a fundraiser at Octorara Area High School, his alma mater, in Atglen, Penn.
Vogelsong found that perceptions of him differed from the reality of his humbling experience. The 2011 National League All-Star, who was the Giants' leading winner in last year's postseason, had to remind his audience that he didn't seem destined for athletic success.
"People don't really know the whole story, or it's told differently from someone else," Vogelsong said Saturday. "I go back there now and people think I was this great high school player and that's not true. I had to tell them I got cut from just about every All-Star team there was. I wasn't the best player on my high school team."
Ultimately, Vogelsong's message hit home with listeners.
Said Vogelsong, "I had people come up to me two, three days later and say, 'My son was a baseball player. He stopped playing and now he signed up again.' Even to that level, it's gratifying to be able to reach people."
Giants confident Sandoval will drop weight
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Concerns about third baseman Pablo Sandoval's weight have become a rite of spring.
Sandoval's waistline is again an issue. "I don't think that question will go away, to be quite honest," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.
Bochy acknowledged that the 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player would be well-advised to drop some pounds.
"It's fair to say he has to shed a few," Bochy said of Sandoval, who's listed at 262 on the Giants' spring roster. "But he will. We have some time."
Sandoval indicated that he can function at his current weight. "I feel in shape," he said. "Who cares what other people say? I'm here to do my job."
Second baseman Marco Scutaro supported Sandoval. "If he's not in baseball shape, who is? He just finished playing a week ago," Scutaro said, referring to Sandoval's extensive activity in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Bochy acknowledged that Sandoval's bout with colitis last month "kind of hindered him with his conditioning," though it hasn't kept him off the field.
• Second baseman Marco Scutaro flashed his sense of humor when he said, "I took my glove, my gamer, out of my bag last week when I got here. It's still cold from Detroit."
• Competition for the second backup infield spot promises to be spirited. Kensuke Tanaka, Wilson Valdez, Nick Noonan, Tony Abreu and Brock Bond are among the candidates. Abreu's activity has been limited by a strained left quadriceps.
• Pitching items: Manager Bruce Bochy still wasn't ready to divulge the sequence of his season-opening starting rotation, though it may look something like this: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.