Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 12/20/12

World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants was a judge during Wednesday's Miss Universe pageant, and quite frankly, I have no idea *why* Sandoval was chosen for his role.  But considering the rest of the panel, Sandoval was really not the most random of the ten judges. In addition to the man they call Kung Fu Panda, Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, singer CeeLo Green, and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto were among the judging panel, which named Miss USA Olivia Culpo as the winner. I'm honestly not sure why Sandoval, or any of the other judges for that matter, were chosen to pick the winner. On the Miss Universe website, Sandoval's off the field accolades are discussed more than his on-field accomplishments, potentially signifying a link between chartiable work and judging ability...yet, Sandoval is the only one of the ten judges that has more emphasis placed on his charitable endeavors than his actual claim to fame. Maybe the Miss Universe staff just wanted a professional athlete, and with baseball as the only major sport not currently in season that's relevant to Americans, jumping on the bandwagon for the reigning World Series MVP seemed like a logical move for them. [follow]

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