Lincecum has scheduled a second showcase to take place on February 15th at Driveline Mechanics in Seattle Washington. Kyle Boddy, owner of the training facility, has been helping Lincecum with his mechanics for the past few months.
UPDATE: Tim Lincecum will throw for scouts Thursday, February 15th at Driveline Research Lab. Emails and texts will go out to teams later today. No media passes will be distributed.— KyleB @ Driveline (@drivelinebases) February 6, 2018
You’re probably thinking this: oh my goodness gracious, will the Giants have scouts there? Will there be a victorious moment when the Tim Lincecum clocks a 98 MPH fastball, leaving every single agent, in unison, to remove their sunglasses with their mouths agape? We can say a most certain, “yes”, to the first point...because Henry Schulman confirmed it.
To the second point we can only say yes to due to years of unwavering faith and love. Let’s be real here, there’s gotta be something both Timmy and Driveline are bearing down for. No one shleps out to Seattle to see a showcase in the middle of February for a guy who can’t get over 85 MPH or a breaking ball that’s...well, pretty broken.
Let’s take a moment to visualize a a return of the healthy, hard throwing two-time Cy Young winner of yore. Would teams want Lincecum in a short relief roll or try to revitalize him as a starter once more? Would the Giants even be able to afford him or would they be overpowered by a team with more free capital? Even if the price isn’t quite right, I wouldn’t count the Giants out yet.
In other news, if anyone would like to contribute to my bail fund for when I am inevitably caught trying to hop the fence, I’ll be making the GoFund me within the coming days.
ORIGINAL STORY 12/19/17:
The last time Tim Lincecum donned a major league baseball uniform was 2016; He three 3.1 innings and was lit up for six earned runs. It appeared that the career of the former Giants’ darling turned Angels starter had run it’s course. Lincecum finished that year with a 9.16 ERA over 38.1 innings pitched. For the months to come, a near manhunt would follow to locate the two-time Cy Young award winner.
Well Freak fans, search no more: Tim Lincecum is back, is jacked, and is looking to make a triumphant return to the sport. In a tweeted statement released by Kyle Boddy, founder and president of Driveline Baseball, Tim Linceucm has not only been working out at his facility, but will also pitch for teams in an upcoming showcase.
It’s easy for that babyface to fool you, but it’s important to keep in mind that Lincecum is 33-years old. His velocity started to dip at the end of his tenure with the Giants, so he’d really have to knock the socks off of scouts by showing them the Timmy of Yore. Let’s not forget how dominant Lincecum was for San Francisco from 2008 to 2011: averaging 244 strikeouts a season, finishing with an ERA below 2.75 for three of those seasons. Oh, and those two no-hitters in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
In conclusion, I leave you with this (and I’ll be sending Adam Ottavino a gift basket):