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Giants legend Tim Lincecum spotted with frosted tips in rare sighting

Giants legend Tim Lincecum spotted with frosted tips in rare sighting

Tim Lincecum is a slight 5-foot-11 (maybe in baseball cleats) and 170 pounds soaking wet. Like Bigfoot himself, though, the former Giants star pitcher rarely is seen. 

The two-time NL Cy Young award winner has a new look and he has gone full '90s boy band. 

Frosted tips and all, Lincecum was spotted at the Perfect Game All-American Classic dinner in San Diego over the weekend. 

Lincecum hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2016 when he sported a 9.16 ERA in nine starts for the Los Angeles Angels. He signed with the Texas Rangers in March 2018, but never made it back to the majors as he was released while rehabbing a blister he suffered in spring training. 

While Lincecum likely is done with baseball, he forever will be a Giants legend. Aside from being a fan favorite with his funky delivery and dirty repertoire of pitches, The Freak nearly was unhittable during his peak. 

Lincecum went 69-41 with a 2.98 ERA in the first five seasons of his career with the Giants. He led the league in strikeouts in 2008, 2009 and 2010, averaging 252 strikeouts per season as he blew away hitter after hitter. Over that span, he was a four-time All-Star and won back-to-back Cy Young awards. 

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The three-time World Series winner isn't one for public appearances, but in Bruce Bochy's last season as the Giants' manager, it's time for a Lincecum sighting at Oracle Park. With the Giants revealing Sunday they will retire Will Clark's No. 22 jersey next season, Lincecum's No. 55 should be next in line. 

No Giants player has worn the number since 2015, Lincecum's last in San Francisco, but it's time to make it official. The lore of Lincecum will never leave the Giants, and only one player rightfully can wear No. 55: The Freak.

How Padres firing Andy Green could impact Bruce Bochy, Giants future

How Padres firing Andy Green could impact Bruce Bochy, Giants future

ATLANTA -- Bruce Bochy hasn't even had a chance to open most of the alcohol he was given on his season-long farewell tour, and he already might find himself in the rumor mill regarding another job. 

The San Diego Padres fired manager Andy Green on Friday, and you can bet Bochy's name will come up in some regard, even though he's eight games from retirement. Bochy has said all season that he is happy with his decision, but he also has at times left the door open to managing again down the line. At the very least, Bochy knows he'll be involved in baseball in some capacity next season, and the Giants have had discussions about what kind of title to give him.

Bochy won 951 games in 12 seasons in San Diego and still lives in Poway, a small city not far from Petco Park. Regardless of whether there's interest on either side, Saturday's decision will have some impact on the Giants. 

The Padres trail the Giants in the standings, but have a much better farm system, more young talent at the big league level, and a couple of entrenched superstars in Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. Their opening looks more appealing at the moment than the one that Farhan Zaidi will present to candidates in the coming weeks, and the two modern front offices could be vying for the same candidates. 

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The hire will have another type of impact on the Giants' future. The Padres have long been considered a sleeping giant by many in the industry, and with the right manager they could present another significant NL West hurdle for the Giants over the next couple of years. 

Soon, we'll find out which man the Padres consider to be that right fit. And we may find out just how committed Bochy is to drinking that wine and taking all those free fishing trips he has accumulated. 

Giants' Tyler Beede showing signs of hope despite continued struggles

Giants' Tyler Beede showing signs of hope despite continued struggles

ATLANTA -- There were some close calls in the second half, some postgame media sessions where manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Tyler Beede's rotation spot was in jeopardy. 

But the Giants stuck with their young right-hander, who now is poised to finish the season in the rotation. Two parts of Friday's 6-0 loss to the Braves, who clinched the NL East title, showed why it's so important that they continue to be patient. 

Beede ended the second inning by freezing his college teammate, Dansby Swanson, with a 98 mph fastball. It was the fastest pitch of Beede's season and comes at the end of a long and often trying year -- and it's the kind of pitch that only a select group of right-handed starters have in their arsenal. 

Mike Foltynewicz is one of them, and he's an example of what the Giants hope Beede can become. Foltynewicz has similar stuff and a similar background as a high-end prospect, and he had a very strong 2018 season. 

But Foltynewicz has also struggled with inconsistency, so much so that the Braves optioned him back to Triple-A for six weeks this summer. Since returning, he has a 6-0 record and a sparkling 2.35 ERA. On Friday, he threw eight shutout innings. 

Beede is 26. Foltynewicz turns 28 in a month. There are still plenty of reasons for hope as the Giants move forward. 

This night was a representation of much of Beede's season. His fastball averaged 95.4 mph, his slider hit 88 mph, his changeup darted at times, and he had so much movement on his curveball that at one point Josh Donaldson swung at an 0-2 bender and ended up whipping his bat towards first base. 

But Beede also allowed seven hits, two of which cleared the fence. Ronald Acuña Jr. got a hanging curveball in the fifth and hit a no-doubter to right-center. An inning later, Brian McCann hit a two-run shot on a fastball that was low but center-cut. 

"It's one of those games where you wonder how he gave up six, but (there were) a couple of long balls," Bochy said. "Really good at times, but he just didn't get away with any mistakes."

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The highlight of the night was that tantalizing pitch to Swanson, a friend of Beede's since their Vanderbilt days. 

"I feel great. I'll just continue to learn, learn a lot," Beede said. "I'll go out there and try to compete, fill the zone and go after guys. I hate losing, man. I'm not going to be happy about a start like this, but at the same time I thought it might be better than the results showed."