The San Francisco Giants are headed towards a tough 2020 season. With Bruce Bochy and Madison Bumgarner gone, now is the time to bring back Tim Lincecum.
The post-game ceremony featured a bevy of familiar faces from last decade’s dynasty, and all of them received the proper ratio of cheers relative to their contribution to the team. Even Dave Roberts was cheered.
However, none of them lifted the crowd the way Tim Lincecum did.
It was so loud it made me think: “Should we bring him back?”
The answer to that question, of course: “Yes!”
At his peak, Lincecum was one of the best pitchers in baseball, and his stats make it clear he was more than deserving of his two NL Cy Young Awards.
While his production dipped over the final few seasons of his career, there was still a time when he was an imposing presence on the mound, and for good reason.
The three-time World Series champion posted a 3.61 ERA alongside a 108-88 record over nine years with the Giants.
His 2008 (18-5, 2.62 ERA, 265 K, 227 IP) and 2009 (15-7, 2.48 ERA, 261 K, 225.1 IP) seasons both resulted in Cy Young wins, and his resume also includes a pair of no-hitters.
There is little hope for a playoff push in 2020, so why not bring in an old friend to help give the fan base a reason for excitement?
At 35 years old, and three years removed form his last MLB action, his playing days are now behind him.
However, he could still be a good sounding board to the younger players or a solid ambassador for the team.
Need a new pitching advisor for spring training? Lincecum could do it.
Looking for a minor league pitching coach? Lincecum could do it.
Still deciding on a host for FanFest? Lincecum could do it.
Need someone to sell those expensive craft beers at Oracle Park? Lincecum could do it.
Get him a job, Giants. Anything will do. Just get him back on the payroll and around the team.