It was a sad day when the Texas Rangers decided to release 2-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. It’s even sadder when it happened two weeks ago and I didn’t even know about it until yesterday. It truly is the end of an era, so let’s take a look back at some of the wild ups and downs of his time in Texas.
March 7, 2018- Lincecum Signs
It was a Minor League deal with a Major League invite to spring training, but a contract is a contract.
March 21, 2018- Announced Lincecum will not be ready for Opening Day
The Rangers placed him on the 10 day DL, hoping for a May 1st return.
April 15, 2018- Lincecum moved to the 60 day DL
This move was made to make room on the roster for newly claimed Renato Nunez.
May 8, 2018- Lincecum officially returns, goes viral
Tim Lincecum pitches in his first game since 2016, and goes viral after his glove falls off in the middle of a pitch.
June 5, 2018- Lincecum is released
What a rollercoaster! The ups and downs were crazy, I’m just happy we all got to experience the ride.
In all seriousness, I hope some struggling team gives him one last shot, but it seems like this might be it for his career. He appeared in 10 games for the Ranger’s AAA affiliate and left with a 5.68 ERA in 12.2 innings. He doesn’t have the stuff he used to have, and it’s clear injuries and age have taken their toll on The Freak. It’s hard to watch your heroes age and struggle, but that’s exactly what’s happening here. Lincecum was one of my favorite players in my formative years, hell, I even taught myself how to throw harder in high school, as a short pitcher like Lincecum, by watching how he used his legs to leap off the mound towards the plate to get more leverage on his fastball. There were few people more fun to watch in their prime than The Freak. RIP to Lincecum’s career. Gone, but never forgotten.