Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked

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You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world.

But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major projects in the city regularly failed to do their jobs:

ATSC, Fortich and the accused engineers, lab directors and inspector “regularly skipped vital safety tests and created false reports to create the impression that the tests were performed,” the indictment said. Customers “relied on the results to assess the quality of building materials in hundreds of private and public construction projects.”

Does that mean that giant chunks of concrete are going to fall from Yankee Stadium, killing thousands?  Of course not.  As the article notes, in many other cases where safety and mixture tests weren’t performed, the concrete ended up being just fine.  Which, given that the old eyeball test is often successful, explains why engineers figured they could get away with their recklessness.

But we can’t be sure! And that makes going to Yankee Stadium even more exciting than it was before!

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.

It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.

Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.