Tim Lincecum

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Timothy Leroy Lincecum (born 15 June 1984) is a Filipino-American professional baseball player in the United States. He currently plays as a starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, the 2010 World Series champions in Major League Baseball (MLB), the world's most prominent baseball league.

Lincecum is considered the best pitcher in NL in the past three years and is popular for his awkward pitching form and “goofy apprearance”. [1] He is popularly nicknamed “The Freak."

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Early life

Lincecum was born in Bellevue, Washinton in the United States. His father is American Chris Lincecum, an airplane builder for aircraft company Boeing, while his mother is Filipina Rebecca Asis. His elder brother Sean is a former collegiate baseball player.

The elder Lincecum, who was a pitcher during his teenage days, taught Tim how to play baseball, particularly pitching. Tim said that he is a “version 2.0” of his father when it comes to playing baseball and that his father personally coached him even during his college days. Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci described Tim as being “unconventionally honed” by his father and “that delivery has produced the most fascinating ace of his generation.” [2]

Lincecum attended Liberty High School and pursued his college education at the University of Washington.

Career

Lincecum started playing competitive baseball when he entered the Liberty High School Patriots in his junior year. He finished his high school career helping the Patriots to win the Washington state championship in 2003, on top of winning the season's best player award. He tallied 183 strikeouts in 91 innings and a 0.70 earned-run average (ERA).

In 2003, the Chicago Cubs selected Lincecum as the 1,408th pick in the MLB draft. Lincecum declined, opting to enter college at the University of Washington. He was the first ever freshman to have been named as the school's best pitcher. During his college days, he had a streak of 37 consecutive innings without giving up a run.

In 2005, Lincecum was picked 1,261st overall by the Cleveland Indians in the MLB draft. Lincecum, however, was not signed to the team and continued to play in college and in the minor league. In 2006, he won the Golden Spikes Award, the highest individual award given in collegiate baseball.

On 6 June 2006, the San Francisco Giants picked Lincecum 10th overall in the MLB draft. He made his debut in a Major League game on 6 May 2007. In 2008 and 2009, he won the NL Cy Young Award, joining the legendary Mike McCormick as the only Giants pitcher to win the award. He also appeared in three straight All-Star games from 2008 to 2010.

So far, Lincecum has tallied 907 strikeouts compared to 293 walks and an impressive 3.04 ERA in his three-year career. He is currently playing in his first-ever World Series, pitching against the Texas Rangers.

Achievements

  • NL Cy Young Award (2008 and 2009)
  • Led NL in strikeouts (2008, 2009, and 2010)
  • Led the MLB in strikeouts (2008)
  • NL All-Star selection (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Golden Spikes Award (2006)
  • Cover of video game MLB 2k9 (2009)
  • Set San Francisco Giants franchise record of 14 strikeouts in a single post-season game (7 October 2010)

Pitching form

Lincencum's long pitching stride. (Photo by "SD Dirk" c/o Flickr.com. Some rights reserved)

Lincecum plays a unique pitching form—a long slider, striding 7 ½ feet, or 129 percent of his height (listed at 5'11”) in throwing a two-seam fastball pitch. The average stride length of a baseball pitcher is from 77 percent to 87 percent of his height.

Pitching in long strides is said to pose serious risks to the pitcher. According to Verducci, it can compromise the hips, as in the cases of long-stride pitchers Britt Burns and Jason Schmidt (who pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 2001 to 2006), who sustained permanent hip injuries.

However, Lincecum explained that to counter the stress on the hips while pitching, his dad taught him to snap his right ankle, which makes a “big difference” in his pitching. He also cites his superior athleticism—a result of his father's training—as a secret to his pitching prowess. He was described by Sports Illustrated as having a body of a gymnast.

Trivia

Lincecum on the cover of MLB 2k9. (Photo by "Sjsharktank"c/o Flickr.com. Some rights reserved)
  • Lincecum is often regarded as having the looks of a batboy but pitches like a Hall of Famer.
  • He is a big fan of The Beatles and is described by his teammates as a “human jukebox”.
  • He once played golf, finishing 27 holes in 39 strokes.
  • He is the first player of Filipino ethnicity to have won a major award in the MLB.
  • He is one of at least eight players of Filipino descent to have played in the MLB.
  • Among his opponents in the 2010 World Series is fellow Filipino-American Clay Rapada, a relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers.

Marijuana use

On 30 October 2009, Lincecum was apprehended in Hazel Dell, Washington for overspeeding. A police officer recovered 3.3 grams of marijuana in Lincecum's car during his apprehension.

Lincecum was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and overspeeding for driving at 74 miles per hour in a 60-miles-per-hour zone. He pleaded not guilty plea to both charges.

On 19 January 2010, paid a USD513 (PhP22,000) fine to resolve the said cases. "I'll try not to let this happen again, move forward and continue with my life," Lincecum said at the end of the hearing. [3]


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