The Angels signed Tim Lincecum and the fallout was filled with mixed reviews. Writers, pundits, executives, etc. all had a go at the move. Some executives have come out with skepticism over Tim’s ability to start Major League games. Those who have wondered why the Giants didn’t sign him should know that club wanted him as a long reliever. But the Angels took a chance on The Freak. And they need it. Probably more than any other club right now.
General Manager Billy Eppler says Timmy will need a couple of rehab starts and will probably be on the Angels’ mound between June 10-15. That’s not a bad timeline. Lincecum has thrown a lot of bullpen sessions and simulated games, with pitch counts around 90, with his fastball at around 90.
That sounds like a pitcher who can start Big League games. And although questions from those outside of the organization are valid, especially those wondering if going to the American League was a wise choice. Tim preferred a West Coast ball club. At the same time, the Angels could also not afford to be too picky. This was a big opportunity for them. It could just be an average stop-gap to patch up a rotation depleted by injuries, or it can turn out to be the biggest steal in a long time.
Here’s some more of what’s going on around the Big A:
- Vin Scully talks about his broadcasting career and reminisces about the best player he ever saw in the National League. Plus, the famous Brendan Ryan mustache!
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- Parts one and two of the live session at Torch Tattoo in Anaheim with Hector Santiago!
- Mike Trout talks baseball with another Angels center fielder… Jim Edmonds