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Tim Lincecum doesn’t think he’s done yet

Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball features the determination of Tim Lincecum, Pudge’s special honor, and Adam Jones’ new offseason job.

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Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to stop pitching yet. He’s not ready to retire, and he’s not ready to pitch overseas. The former Giant wants to be a major league pitcher again. And despite having no offers from any teams, he’s starting to throw and get ready for the season. With just over three weeks until spring training starts, he’s gotta get a move on.

Lincecum’s fall is pretty epic, honestly. He won two Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009 (his first two full seasons), and was a major contributor to the Giants World Series victory in 2010. Things started going south in 2011, and even though he did manage no-hitters against the Padres in 2013 and 2014, he was far from the starter he once was. A degenerative hip condition ended his 2015 season in June, and after surgery, he picked up with the Angels in 2016. He started nine games and racked up a 9.16 ERA before they mercifully designated him for assignment.

None of this is particularly encouraging for Lincecum’s future, but let’s consider the pitching market right now, shall we? It’s so shallow that Kyle Kendrick, who didn’t appear in the majors at all in 2016 and has won zero Cy Young Awards, has been invited to Red Sox spring training. If Kendrick can get an invite, Lincecum should be able to. He doesn’t want to give up yet and wants to try and wring every bit of pitching juice from his body. If you need further proof that giving up pitching is hard, Jon Heyman has reported that Johan Santana is working out on his own, preparing to mount yet another comeback. The pitching mound has a siren call that’s hard to deny.