McGehee knows he can’t be Sandoval

Nor will he prompt a generation of fans to attend ballgames dressed as furry black-and-white creatures.

[...] Casey McGehee will play third base for the 2015 Giants his way — without the intention of living up to Sandoval, a two-time All-Star, three-time World Series champ and all-time fan favorite.

“Pablo and I are different players,” McGehee said Saturday after the Giants made his acquisition official.

The Giants will take the 76 RBIs McGehee collected last season with the Marlins, three more than Sandoval.

McGehee, acquired for two pitching prospects, hit four homers in 691 plate appearances, just one by the All-Star break.

Sandoval hit 16 homers last season, nothing extraordinary, but he always was a power threat alongside Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and, when healthy, Brandon Belt and Michael Morse.

The Giants had 242 straight homerless plate appearances in the playoffs and homered just twice in the seven-game World Series.

[...] again, recalling the decisive Game 5 of the NLCS, Morse hit a pinch homer to tie the score and Travis Ishikawa morphed into Bobby Thomson to win the pennant.

McGehee considers himself more of a middle-of-the-field hitter and said his approach makes him feel more comfortable in bigger parks, such as in Miami and San Francisco, where he’s homerless in 51 plate appearances.

With “limited financial flexibility still left,” in Sabean’s words, the Giants are contemplating the next step (including what to do in left field).

Meantime, it might not be a good sign that the training staff is preparing to announce an update in the next couple of days on Marco Scutaro, who never was considered a candidate to replace Sandoval.


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