SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum, a three-time World Series champion and two-time Cy Young Award winner, hasn’t played in Major League Baseball since the 2016 season.
The 33-year-old logged his last big-league outing as a member of the Angels on Aug. 5 against the Seattle Mariners. He lasted just 3.1 innings in that contest and allowed nine hits. He was designated for assignment the very next day.
Little has been known, or reported, on Lincecum’s whereabouts and happenings since his release from the Angels, until Tuesday.
A photo of the pitcher surfaced, revealing that he could quite possibly be in the best physical shape of his life. Lincecum has been training at a suburban Seattle facility, sources have told Baseball Essential that Lincecum is prepping himself for another pitching showcase in the near future, as first reported by Driveline Baseball.
Yes, this is Tim Lincecum at @DrivelineBB.
Yes, Adam Ottavino took the picture while training here.
Yes, Tim will throw for teams at a showcase in the near future.
No, I have no other information for you.
— KyleB @ Driveline (@drivelinebases) December 19, 2017
The photo is a long cry from the story Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News wrote in September. Brown traveled to Lincecum’s hometown in an attempt to track down the former Giant, who was a fan favorite, but “The Freak” as he was known, could not be found.
“The Freak is now The Ghost,” Brown wrote in his report.
Lincecum, who pitched at 170 pounds for San Francisco, collected his pair of Cy Youngs all before the ripe age of 25, in addition to being named to four All-Star teams before his 27th birthday. He posted no-hitters against the San Diego Padres in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Lincecum did not pitch in the 2017 season, the last showcase he delivered came in May 2016.