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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Articles tagged: Tim Lincecum

Report: Giants, Tim Lincecum have ‘mutual and strong’ interest in return


With the Giants officially being eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday after an 8-0 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, who clinched their third straight NL West title, the focus for San Francisco is now on next season. And one of the first orders of business could be bringing back veteran right-hander Tim Lincecum for another tour of duty with the team.

Lincecum, who had not pitched since late June due to a right forearm contusion and a degenerative hip condition, shares mutual interest with the Giants in returning to the team after the season, according to Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News who wrote about the state of affairs in San Francisco after Tuesday’s effectively season-ending loss:

There wasn’t an opportunity for Tim Lincecum to acknowledge the fans, as he had hoped. But there’s still a chance he’ll be back this weekend.

In any event, a goodbye might not be necessary. The interest is mutual and strong to re-sign Lincecum, from what I’m told. It’s more a matter of when, how much and in what form, rather than if.

The 31-year-old Lincecum, who recently left the team to rehab his hips, will see his two-year, $35 million deal expire at the end of the year. It was a disastrous overpay by just about every tangible metric, but if Lincecum is willing to take a hometown discount, it looks like an extension of The Freak’s tenure in the Bay Area could be in the cards.

Over the last few seasons, Lincecum has seen his velocity and his control nosedive faster than Macaulay Culkin’s acting career. His back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009 and his four consecutive All-Star appearances from 2008 to 2011 might as well have taken place during the Bronze Age at this point. But as a local favorite and a winner of three World Series rings with the team, San Francisco, both management and fans alike, will be more than amicable to a Lincecum return provided that the price is right. And provided that Lincecum can stomach said return.

H/T HardballTalk

Tim Lincecum missed World Series intros because he was throwing up

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Tim Lincecum was absent from introductions prior to Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, and now we know why: the two-time Cy Young Award winner was sick.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly pointed out Lincecum’s absence on Tuesday night and did not have an explanation from San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was unaware of the pitcher’s absence. On Wednesday, Bochy said it was because Big Time Timmy Jim was throwing up.

Not only did Lincecum miss the intros, he also watched the game from the dugout instead of the bullpen, where he usually would watch.

Lincecum said this about missing intros.

“I just didn’t want to go out there after it had started,” Lincecum said via Baggarly.

If Lincecum wasn’t even the starting pitcher, it’s hard to believe he’d be throwing up before the game because of nerves. Maybe he was throwing up because he had some of his famous, insane In-N-Out order.

Tim Lincecum leads Daniel Bryan ‘YES’ chant after no-hitter (Video)

Tim Lincecum is full of charisma, and all of his unique personality shined through following his no-hitter against the Padres Wednesday.

Lincecum was handed a “Gladiator” mask by one of his teammates inside the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse and put it on. The mask coupled with his US men’s soccer team jersey gave him a funny look, but all of that was quickly forgotten once he led his team in the Daniel Bryan “YES” chant.

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From Michigan State football to the Giants, it seems like everyone is doing the chant of the popular WWE wrestler these days. Then again, let’s not forget that Hunter Pence showed us last month that the “YES” chant is nothing new the Giants.

It was also cool seeing manager Bruce Bochy lead the team in a toast to Lincecum and thank Big Time Timmy Jim for sparing him when it came to the pitch count. That sure as heck made life easy on him when it came to letting Timmy finish the game.

Tim Lincecum and Kameron Loe switched uniforms, and this was the result


The San Francisco Giants decided to have some classic 10-year-old girl sleepover fun at spring training on Thursday. Several members of the team felt like playing dress-up, so they switched uniforms for a while. Tim Lincecum and Kameron Loe stole the show.

Loe and Lincecum are two pitchers with completely different builds. Lincecum stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs about 170 pounds on days that he hits In-N-Out Burger. Loe is 6-foot-8, 240 pounds. As you can see from the photo above that CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly passed along, their threads differ a bit. Lincecum was looking a little baggy.


Tim Lincecum adds wispy mustache to his facial hair repertoire

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Tim Lincecum showed up to spring training once again sporting a new look. This time instead of his hair being different, he had a new facial hair look.

Yes, Lincecum now has a wispy mustache.

I’m sure based on the photo above you might think the ‘stache is coming in somewhat well. But looks can be deceiving.

Grant Brisbee at SB Nation shared an up-close look at Tim Lincecum’s mustache, and that’s how we can really see that it sure could use some work:


Tim Lincecum reportedly expected to become free agent

Tim LincecumIt turns out that Tim Lincecum did the San Francisco Giants a huge favor when he turned down long-term contract discussions a few years ago.

Lincecum won back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, made the All-Star Game the following two years, and seemed like a lock to eventually sign one of the biggest contracts for a pitcher in MLB. But like some predicted, the diminutive starter fell off and looked like just an average pitcher the past two years. Now it’s finally his time to be a free agent, and it sounds like he is ready to explore the market.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reported on Thursday that the Giants have offered Lincecum a two-year deal but talks have not progressed. If they don’t make progress, Baggarly says the Giants are expected to give Lincecum a qualifying offer of almost $14 million for one year. If Lincecum turns down the offer, the Giants would receive a draft pick as compensation from the team that signs Lincecum. Lincecum’s market might be limited because teams might not want to give up a pick in order to sign him.

As mentioned in the post, it’s crazy how much things have changed for Lincecum. Two years ago he seemed like a $150 million pitcher. Now I really wouldn’t be crazy about giving him more than $10 million on a one-year deal. I just hope he doesn’t have any regrets about not signing a multi-million dollar extension when he had the chance.

It seems imprudent to expect Timmy to go back to dominating. He’s always had a great slider, curve, and changeup, but part of what made those pitches so dangerous was his fastball. Everything is tougher for a hitter when you throw harder. But, per Fangraphs, Lincecum’s average fastball velocity has declined the past two seasons. He averaged 94.1 mph on his fastball when he won the Cy Young in 2008, and 92.4 mph in 2009. He was down to 90.4 mph in 2012 and 90.2 mph in 2013. I don’t know how anyone could look at that and expect to get an All-Star if they sign him.

Hunter Pence makes diving catch to save Tim Lincecum no-hitter

Tim Lincecum on Saturday threw the seventh no-hitter in San Francisco Giants’ franchise history, and the landmark event wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent defensive play of one of his teammates.

Hunter Pence diving catchWith two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, San Diego Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista hit a line drive to right field that looked like it was going to drop for San Diego’s first hit of the contest. But Giants right fielder Hunter Pence got a great read on the ball and began charging in with no hesitation. He then laid out on his side to make a sweet diving catch to preserve the no-hitter. After that play, it was all downhill for Lincecum, who struck out Chase Headley and then got two flyouts to complete the no-hitter.

“I thought that was a for sure hit,” Lincecum said of Amarista’s ball after the game during an interview with NBC Bay Area. “But you see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab, that was just really impressive and a big play for us.”

In addition to Pence, third baseman Pablo Sandoval also made a sweet play to preserve the no-hitter. His came with two outs in the seventh: