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Lincecum 2012 velocity decline
Did Tim’s pre-season swimming workouts kill his velo?

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USA Today had an article today about Tim Lincecum’s struggles this year.  The article mentions that “He spent the offseason swimming and gave up In-N-Out Burger“. 

Do you think the swimming, which would seem to me to be an activity that builds the slow-twitch muscles could be a big reason for his decline in velocity?  Back in my days as a sprinter, I had a coach who thought swimming and long-distance running helped sprinters to maintain their top speed longer.  Unfortunately for me, the stop watch told the truth:  slow-paced endurance exercise KILLS speed!…..55752324/1

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Somebody is going to have to tell Tim to get back to weight training during the off season. 

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It definitely wouldn’t hurt him.

mhall11, good article on Lincecum. It really reveals his issues well.

For example,

He dropped an alarming 30 pounds in the offseason.

That is insane for a guy that short. This is the reason for his .8 mph decrease which does put him at 90 mph on average which is not fun to pitch with in the Big Leagues as he talks about later on. His pitching coach even said:

“His whole body changed, and that weight can affect your mechanics as well,” Righetti said. “I don’t give a damn what his weight is, but I know what too big is and I know what too little is. He showed up too little.”

The is bad when a pitching coach is calling you to little.

This is a perfect example of when a pitcher focuses on weight instead of performance. His training in the off-season obviously diminished his performance which has crushed his confidence.

He now thinks he should have pitched more during the offseason. He was so concerned about his weight, he might have neglected the arm.

“It’s almost like I’m pitching backwards now,” he says. “Like I’m a wuss thrower. I’ve got to start utilizing my fastball.”

The Giants changed Lincecum’s delivery, hiding the ball in his glove now instead of dangling it behind his back.

More evidence that his confidence is gone.

“It used to be, two runners on and no outs,” Lincecum says, “and it was like, ‘I’ll get a double play and strike out the next guy.’ That was the arrogance I had, knowing I could dig deep and get out of it.

“Now I give up a couple of walks, and it’s like, ‘How am I going to get out of this? Is this the inning they get me?’ That doubt creeps into your mind.

“It’s almost like you’re waiting for something bad to happen.”

Tim Lincecum needs to shut it down and start his off-season now. He first needs a little break from the game and then he needs to go all out on enhancing his performance back to his rookie season. He is talking about his leg soreness issues. This tells me that the weight loss took away a lot of his lower half power. He needs to get it back if he is going to survive the MLB at a generous 5’11 as the article lists him.

I believe the lesson here guys is be careful of putting weight loss over performance. I have never seen a case where weight loss enhanced performance. It is usually performance enhancement promotes a lean system but not always a lightweight system.

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