|Birth Day:||June 15, 1984|
|Birth Place:||Bellevue, United States|
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He won the Golden Spikes award as a senior at the University of Washington.
Lincecum was selected by the Chicago Cubs of the NL in the 48th round (1,408th overall) of the 2003 MLB draft, but did not sign. He decided to attend college instead, and was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 42nd round (1,261st overall) upon re-entering the draft in 2005, but rejected an offer including a $700,000 signing bonus. The next year, he was drafted tenth overall by the San Francisco Giants, becoming the first player from the University of Washington to be taken in the first round. He signed for a $2.025 million signing bonus on June 30, which at the time was the most the organization had ever paid to any amateur player.
After high school Lincecum went on to pitch for the University of Washington. In 2006, he finished with a 12–4 win-loss record and a 1.94 earned run average (ERA), 199 strikeouts, and three saves in 125⅓ innings as a Washington Husky. He won the 2006 Golden Spikes Award, which is awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player.
During his brief minor league career, Lincecum was frequently named as the top pitching prospect in the Giants organization. He made his professional debut on July 26, 2006, with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (the Giants' Class A Short Season affiliate) against the Vancouver Canadians, pitching one inning and striking out all three batters he faced. Going into 2007, Lincecum was ranked as the #11 prospect in baseball and the #1 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization by Baseball America. In the spring of 2007, Colorado Rockies prospect Ian Stewart called Lincecum "the toughest pitcher [he] ever faced", adding "Guys on our club who have been in the big leagues said he's the toughest guy they ever faced too … I’m not really sure why he's down here, but for a guy who was drafted last year … that guy is filthy." Lincecum spent the first month of the season pitching for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants' Triple-A affiliate. In five starts (31 innings), he allowed just one run, twelve hits, eleven walks, while striking out forty-six and going 4–0. During his 2006 and 2007 minor league campaigns, Lincecum struck out the highest percentage of batters (minimum 100) of any minor league pitcher in the last ten years: 30.9 percent.
With an injury to the Giants' fifth starter, Russ Ortiz, Lincecum was called up from Fresno to make his first major league start on May 6, 2007 against the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first career inning, Lincecum struck out three batters, the first being Chase Utley.
In the summer of 2004 Lincecum played for the amateur National Baseball Congress (NBC) Seattle Studs and won two games in the NBC World Series. In 2009, he was named NBC Graduate of the Year. In the summer of 2005, he played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Lincecum continued his dominance in 2009. On June 2 at Nationals Park, Lincecum struck out the Washington Nationals' Christian Guzman for his 500th career strikeout, becoming the fastest Giants pitcher in franchise history to reach the milestone. In his six June starts, he went 4–1 with a 1.38 ERA and pitched three complete games. On July 3, Lincecum was announced as the NL Pitcher of the Month for June. Lincecum was announced as an NL All-Star along with his teammate Matt Cain.
Through 20 starts in 2009 Lincecum had amassed an 11–3 record with a 2.30 ERA, 183 strikeouts, four complete games, and two shutouts. Lincecum also had a scoreless inning streak of 29 innings, the third-longest streak since the Giants moved west in 1958. On July 27, in a 4–2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park, Lincecum pitched a complete game and struck out a career-high 15 batters, the second most in San Francisco Giants franchise history. On August 3, Lincecum was named National League Player of the Week.
In November 2009, Lincecum was cited for marijuana possession.
Lincecum pitched in both Games One and Five of the World Series, earning a win in both. Game One of the 2010 World Series was an 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers. After presenting a strong start, he sat out the final 3 1/3 innings as the San Francisco bullpen preserved a comfortable win. On November 1, 2010, Lincecum started Game Five of the World Series with an opportunity to clinch the World Series for the Giants. Lincecum threw eight solid innings, collecting 10 strikeouts while giving up only three hits en route to a 3–1 victory; the Giants won the Series four games to one. His victory in Game 5 ended the Giants' 56-year drought between World Series championships and also gave San Francisco its first baseball world championship in history. Lincecum also set franchise single postseason records with four wins and forty-three strikeouts by a right-handed pitcher.
Lincecum was known for his long stride, unorthodox mechanics, and ability to generate high velocity despite his slight build (originally listed as 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) and 170 pounds). Lincecum was nicknamed "The Freak" by his Washington teammates because of his athletic abilities. In 2010, his fastball velocity was lower than it had been in prior years; it had topped out at 99 mph in his first few MLB seasons. Lincecum's fastball velocity continued to decrease from 2011 to 2015.
A 2010 This is SportsCenter commercial features Lincecum attempting to record a voicemail greeting on his phone, telling callers that they have reached "The Freak", "The Franchise", "The Freaky Franchise", and "Big Time Timmy Jim", ultimately being dissatisfied with each of these attempts. Finally, he decides to record one beginning simply "This is Tim Lincecum" – only to be interrupted by Karl Ravech walking by and saying "Hey, Big Time Timmy Jim!"
Lincecum's knees started to get sore in 2011, and he felt he needed to lose weight. He spent the offseason swimming and gave up eating at In-N-Out Burger, losing 30 pounds (14 kg). In January 2012, Lincecum signed a two-year, $40.5 million deal with the Giants, making him eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. He reportedly rejected their offer of a five-year, $100 million extension.
Lincecum's career began a downturn in 2012. In 2012, he recorded a 5.18 ERA. This figure nearly doubled his 2011 ERA. He finished the season with a 10–15 record and 190 strikeouts, leading the major leagues with 17 wild pitches. Lincecum was used as a relief pitcher in the 2012 MLB playoffs. On October 7, Lincecum made a relief appearance during Game 2 of the 2012 National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Cincinnati Reds and threw two shutout innings. On October 10, in Game 4 of the NLDS, Lincecum made an important long relief appearance when his 4 1/3 innings helped the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds to force a decisive Game 5 in their NLDS; Lincecum was named the winning pitcher. Counting his start against Atlanta in the 2010 playoffs and his two relief appearances in the 2012 series, Lincecum is 2–0 with an 0.59 ERA in NLDS play, having allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out 22 in 15 1/3 innings. Lincecum was second on the Giants in innings pitched during the 2012 NLDS, allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings in two relief appearances and striking out eight batters without issuing a single walk. Lincecum won his second championship title in three years in 2012, pitching effectively out of the bullpen in the Giants' sweep of the Detroit Tigers.
During the 2012 offseason, Lincecum "maintained an offseason conditioning program that he knew would help him coordinate the many moving parts in his delivery."
As he had done in 2012, Lincecum struggled with velocity and control in 2013. His performance in spring training in 2013 was lackluster. He started the season third in the rotation behind Cain and Bumgarner. On July 13, 2013, Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres 9–0 at Petco Park, the first no-hitter ever pitched in that stadium and the first of his career. He struck out 13 batters and walked four while throwing a career-high 148 pitches. The #FreakNoHitter hashtag became popular amongst social media. Lincecum finished the first half of his season with a record of 5–9 with a 4.26 ERA and 125 strikeouts, a significant improvement from his first half in 2012.
In September 2013 at Yankee Stadium, Lincecum struck out the New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson for his 1,500th career strikeout. He became one of just three pitchers to reach that milestone in their first seven seasons, joining Tom Seaver and Bert Blyleven. He also became the seventh pitcher in franchise history and the third pitcher in the San Francisco Era after Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry to reach the milestone. Lincecum pitched to an ERA of 4.54 in the second half of the 2013 season; however, the Giants bullpen accounted for an unusually high 12 earned runs charged to Lincecum. In 32 starts in 2013, Lincecum went 10–14 with 15 quality starts and a 4.37 ERA, striking out 193 in 197.2 innings. On October 22, Lincecum signed a two-year, $35 million contract through 2015, avoiding free agency. Lincecum would go on to earn $17 million in 2014 and $18 million in 2015.
On June 25, 2014, Lincecum pitched his tenth career complete game and second career no-hitter, also against the San Diego Padres. It was his first no-hitter at AT&T Park, the second against the Padres, and the third no-hitter in the short history of the ballpark. With his second no-hit performance against the Padres, Lincecum became the second player in Major League Baseball history to throw two no-hitters against the same team (joining Hall of Famer Addie Joss) and the first in Major League history to do it in back-to-back seasons. On July 22, 2014, Lincecum earned his first career save, pitching ⁄3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 9–6, 14-inning victory. In the 14th inning, he inherited runners at second base and third base with only one out, but only the runner at third scored. Lincecum became the fifth pitcher since 1976 to pitch a no-hitter and record a save in the same season, joining Matt Garza, Chris Bosio, Jerry Reuss, and John Candelaria.
On September 25, 2014, Lincecum won his 100th career game in a 9–8 victory over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park, clinching a wild-card playoff berth. Since 2005, Lincecum was one of three starting pitchers in the starting rotation, along with Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, to win over one hundred games and strikeout over 1,500 batters. In that span, the San Francisco Giants were the only Major League team to accomplish both feats, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The Giants franchise is the only Major League team to have nine pitchers reach 1,500 strikeouts.
Lincecum performed well during spring training in March 2015 and showed signs of his old form. Showcasing a newfound command in his repertoire, Lincecum was 2–2 with a 2.40 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 11 walks in 30 innings pitched by May 3. On May 20, in a 4–0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lincecum pitched seven shutout innings and passed Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for second place during the San Francisco era and fourth place in franchise history on the Giants all-time career strikeouts list. On June 27, 2015, Lincecum was hit in his pitching elbow with a line drive and left the game. In July 2015, Lincecum was diagnosed with a degenerative condition in both hips and was given cortisone shots. He underwent season-ending hip surgery on September 3, 2015. For the season, he was 7–4 with a 4.13 ERA.
After having hip surgery in September 2015 and undergoing six months of rigorous rehabilitation, Lincecum's velocity was clocked at 92 mph (his fastball had topped out at 90 mph in 2015.)
On May 20, 2016, Lincecum signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees on May 22. On June 18, after being called up to start in Oakland, Lincecum pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn a victory in his Angels debut. He finished the season with a 2–6 record and a 9.16 ERA, allowing 68 hits and 23 walks over 38 ⁄3 innings pitched. Left-handed batters had a higher batting average against him (.364 over 20 or more innings) than against any other major league pitcher. The Angels designated Lincecum for assignment on August 6.
After sitting out the 2017 season, Lincecum signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on March 7, 2018. Lincecum began the season on the 60-day disabled list due to a blister on his right middle finger that he suffered during spring training. He was released by the Rangers on June 5, 2018.
In September 2019, Lincecum appeared at a postgame ceremony held by the San Francisco Giants to mark Bruce Bochy's final game as the team's manager. In an interview, Lincecum acknowledged that he had not formally retired from baseball and was "'trying to transition'". He added, "'I think the hardest part was coming to grips with who I was after baseball, and I haven't even done it fully yet'".
Tim was born to Chris and Rebecca Lincecum and he used his signing bonus so that his father could retire. Tim has a French bulldog named Cy.
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