For the first time since 2015, Tim Lincecum spoke publicly in an interview with Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
The Freak is back, or at least attempting to make a comeback. Ever since his injury that left him jobless, we haven’t heard much from the two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. He underwent surgery on his hip, and has been working to get back into baseball. He has an upcoming workout in front of as many as 20 teams.
Yahoo Sports – “Private is the way I live my life and have tried to,” Lincecum told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday in his first public comments since the 2015 season ended. “It helps me feel comfortable. It’s kind of like a scientist going to work on something in his garage and not unveiling it until he’s ready to. That’s kind of what it feels like.”
Lincecum said his fastball velocity is around 91 mph now, but expects a few more mph with a little added in-game adrenaline. Obviously we shouldn’t expect him to be the high 90s dominating pitcher he once was, but at the age of 31, many pitchers continue their careers successfully after losing velocity. You see pitchers like Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Bartolo Colon, all finding their place with a few miles per hour shaved off of their fastballs.
“Back in my early 20s, I felt like I was invincible…Now I kind of have an idea of the tools I get to work with and how to stay within myself and at the same time be dynamic. I want to be explosive with certain parts of the body and not be apprehensive. It has taken time to get there.”
Tim Lincecum talked to Yahoo Sports about what it felt like towards the later part of his struggles.
“Pretty rough, to be honest with you, because I didn’t know which days were gonna be the good days and which were gonna be the bad ones…Some days my hip would bite at me. Some days it would be fine. But I didn’t have a lot of stability and strength in it. I wasn’t able to sustain the end of my motion, when my foot hit. It felt very erratic, very wild. It didn’t feel like much of a drive. It felt like I was jumping. That’s where I lost it all. The power was lost in my legs, and it didn’t drive through my hips, my mid-back and up into my shoulder. I was throwing a lot with my arm.”
Everyone was a fan of Tim Lincecum at some point in his career right? Except maybe Dodgers fans? What’s not to love about the 5’11 170 lb frame that was firing upper 90s heaters with freak like mechanics that everyone said wouldn’t work.
Winning two Cy Young awards and seeing multiple World Series action, he had a rather polished first half of his career, but were the scouts right? Was it his freak like mechanics that caused his body to fall apart? Post labrum repair, and hip surgery, I wonder what we’ll see out of his mechanics upon comeback.