Mike Timlin

Michael August Timlin (/ˈtɪmlɪn/; born March 10, 1966) is an American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). Timlin played on four World Series championship teams in an 18-year career; the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays, 1993 Toronto Blue Jays, 2004 Boston Red Sox, and 2007 Boston Red Sox.

Mike Timlin
Mike Timlin prepares champagne
Timlin after winning the 2007 World Series
Relief pitcher
Born: March 10, 1966 (age 53)
Midland, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1991, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2008, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Games pitched1,058
Win–loss record75–73
Earned run average3.63
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Timlin was born in Midland, Texas, to Jerome Francis Timlin Sr. and Nancy Sharon Beyer. Timlin graduated from Midland High School; he then attended and pitched at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta.[1]

Baseball career

Listed at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and 205 pounds (93 kg), Timlin threw and batted right-handed. Timlin was known for his 93 mph (150 km/h) fastball. His sliders and sinkers had a downward break, inducing a significant number of ground balls.

Early career

Timlin was drafted in the 5th round of the 1987 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, and signed with the team on June 6, 1987. From 1987 through 1990, Timlin played for several of Toronto's minor league teams; the rookie league Medicine Hat Blue Jays (1987), the Class A Myrtle Beach Blue Jays (1988), the High A Dunedin Blue Jays (1989–90), and the Double-A Knoxville Blue Jays (1990).

Toronto Blue Jays

Timlin spent the 1991 season with Toronto. He made his first major league appearance on opening day, April 8, pitching ​1 13 innings in relief against the Boston Red Sox.[2] Two days later, he recorded his first strikeout (Tom Brunansky) and had his first win, after pitching an inning in relief against the Red Sox.[3] For the regular season, Timlin appeared in 63 games, all but 3 in relief, compiling a record of 11–6 with 3 saves and a 3.16 earned run average (ERA). In the postseason, he made four relief appearances in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Minnesota Twins, including taking the loss in Game 3 after giving up a home run to Mike Pagliarulo in the 10th inning.[4][5] Timlin was sixth in Rookie of the Year voting.[6]

During the 1992 season, Timlin spent time with the High A Dunedin Blue Jays (6 games), the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs (7 games), and the major league Blue Jays (26 games). With Toronto he compiled a record of 0–2 with 1 save and a 4.12 ERA. In the postseason, he made two relief appearances in the ALCS against the Oakland Athletics, and two relief appearances in the World Series against the Atlanta Braves. He recorded his first postseason save in the deciding Game 6, facing a single batter, Otis Nixon, who Timlin threw out at first base on a bunt attempt in the 11th inning, for the final out of the series.[7][8]

For the 1993 season, Timlin played 4 games with the High A Dunedin Blue Jays, and 54 games with Toronto, all in relief. His record with Toronto was 4–2, with 1 save and a 4.69 ERA. In the postseason he made one appearance in the ALCS against the Chicago White Sox, and two appearances in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays won the World Series for the second consecutive year, giving Timlin two World Series rings in his first three MLB seasons.

Timlin made 34 appearances with Toronto in the 1994 season (0–1, with 2 saves and a 5.18 ERA), and 31 appearances in the 1995 season (4–3, with 5 saves and a 2.14 ERA). In 1995 he also appeared in 8 games with Triple-A Syracuse. For the 1996 season he appeared in 59 games with Toronto (1–6, with 31 saves and a 3.65 ERA). During the 1997 season, Timlin made 38 appearances with Toronto through July 29; he had a 3–2 record, with 9 saves and a 2.87 ERA. Timlin and Paul Spoljaric were traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for José Cruz Jr. on July 31, 1997.

In his seven seasons with the Blue Jays, Timlin appeared in 305 MLB games, compiling a record of 23–22, with 52 saves and a 3.62 ERA. In ​393 13 innings pitched, he struck out 331 batters while walking 167.

Seattle Mariners

Timlin made his first appearance with the Mariners on August 1, 1997, pitching one inning in relief against the Milwaukee Brewers.[9] He made 26 total appearances with Seattle during the regular season; he had a 3–2 record, with 1 save and a 3.86 ERA. He appeared in one game in the American League Division Series (ALDS), giving up 4 runs to the Baltimore Orioles in ​ 23 of an inning during Game 1.[10]

For the 1998 season, Timlin appeared in 70 games with Seattle; he had a 3–3 record, 19 saves, and a 2.95 ERA. After the season, Timlin became a free agent. In his two seasons with Seattle, he appeared in a total of 96 games with 20 saves, while striking out 69 and walking 21 in 105 innings pitched, with a 3.17 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles

On November 16, 1998, Timlin signed with the Orioles. During the 1999 season, he appeared in 62 games for the Orioles, with a record of 3–9, 27 saves and a 3.57 ERA. For the 2000 season, he was with the Orioles through late July, appearing in 37 games, with a record of 2–3, 11 saves and a 4.89 ERA. On July 29, 2000, Timlin was traded (along with cash) to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Chris Richard and minor league player Mark Nussbeck. In two seasons with Baltimore, Timlin appeared in a total of 99 games, compiling a record of 5–12, with 38 saves and a 4.04 ERA, while striking out 76 and walking 38 in 98 innings pitched.

St. Louis Cardinals

Timlin made his first appearance with the Cardinals (and in the National League) on July 30, 2000, pitching one inning in relief against the New York Mets.[11] He made 25 total appearances with the Cardinals during the regular season; he had a 3–1 record, with 1 save and a 3.34 ERA. He appeared in two games of the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Atlanta Braves, and in three games of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the Mets. He took the loss in Game 2 of the NLCS, giving up an unearned run while pitching the 9th inning.[12]

For the 2001 season, Timlin appeared in 67 games with St. Louis; he had a 4–5 record, 3 saves, and a 4.09 ERA. He had his first major league at bat on October 6 against the Houston Astros, grounding out in the 5th inning.[13] He made one appearance in the postseason, pitching ​1 13 scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.[14]

During the 2002 season, he was with the Cardinals through late July, appearing in 42 games, with a record of 1–3, no saves and a 2.51 ERA. On April 19, he made his first start since his rookie season, taking the loss against the Milwaukee Brewers; he pitched ​4 13 innings, giving up 4 runs (all earned) while striking out 3 batters and issuing 1 walk.[15] On July 29, 2002, Timlin, Plácido Polanco, and Bud Smith were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Doug Nickle, Scott Rolen, and cash.

In his three seasons with St. Louis, Timlin appeared in 134 games, compiling a record of 8–9, with 4 saves and a 3.36 ERA. In ​163 13 innings pitched, he struck out 108 batters while walking 46.

Philadelphia Phillies

Timlin made his first appearance with the Phillies on July 31, 2002, pitching two innings in relief (and getting the win) against the San Francisco Giants.[16] Through the end of the regular season, he appeared in 30 games with Philadelphia, compiling a 3–3 record, with no saves and a 3.79 ERA. In ​35 23 innings pitched, he struck out 15 batters while walking 7. After the season, Timlin again became a free agent.

Boston Red Sox

On January 6, 2003, Timlin signed with the Red Sox. During the 2003 season, he appeared in 72 games for Boston, compiling a 6–4 record, with 2 saves and a 3.55 ERA. In the postseason, he appeared in three games of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, and five games of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. In those eight games, he pitched ​9 13 innings, facing 32 batters while striking out 11 and only giving up two walks, one hit, and no runs.

Timlin made 76 appearances during the 2004 season; he had a 5–4 record, with 1 save and a 4.13 ERA. On September 3, he made his 800th major league appearance, becoming only the 29th pitcher in major league history to reach that mark. In the postseason he appeared in three games of the ALDS against the Anaheim Angels, five games of the ALCS against the Yankees, and three games of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In those 11 games, he pitched ​11 23 innings, facing 56 batters while striking out 7 and giving up 7 walks, 15 hits, and 8 runs. With Boston's sweep of St. Louis in the World Series, Timlin earned the third championship of his career.

Timlin's 2005 season yielded the best numbers of his career. He made 81 appearances (a career high) with a record of 7–3, 13 saves, and a 2.24 ERA. In ​80 13 innings pitched he struck out 59 while walking 20 and only allowing two home runs. He pitched an inning in the ALDS, giving up one run as the Red Sox were swept by the White Sox.[17]

After his first three seasons with the Red Sox, Timlin struggled with injuries to his right shoulder and left oblique in 2006 and the beginning of 2007, making multiple visits to the disabled list. For the 2006 season, he made 68 appearances with a record of 6–6, 9 saves, and a 4.36 ERA.

During the 2007 season, Timlin appeared in 50 games with a record of 2–1, 1 save, and a 3.42 ERA. He also made eight appearances with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox while rehabilitating. He made his 1,000th career appearance on August 31, against the Baltimore Orioles. In the postseason, he made three appearances in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, and three appearances in the World Series against the Colorado Rockies. In those six games, he pitched ​5 23 innings, facing 30 batters while striking out 7, issuing no walks, and giving up 2 runs. With Boston's sweep of Colorado in the World Series, Timlin earned the fourth championship of his career.

Timlin made 47 appearances during the 2008 season, with a record of 4–4, 1 save, and a 5.66 ERA (the highest of his career). He also made five rehabilitation appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket. In the postseason, he appeared in two games against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS; he took the loss in Game 2 after giving up a run in the 11th inning,[18] and his two innings in relief during Game 4, which Boston lost by 9 runs, would be the final MLB appearance of his career.[19] After the season ended, Timlin again became a free agent.

In his six seasons with Boston, Timlin appeared in 394 MLB games, compiling a record of 30–22, with 27 saves and a 3.76 ERA. In 409 innings pitched, he struck out 273 batters while walking 98.

Late career

On July 29, 2009, Timlin signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He made a total of six minor league appearances; two for the rookie league Casper Ghosts and then four for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. On August 13, 2009, Timlin was released by the Rockies, following which he retired from baseball.

Career totals

In 18 MLB seasons, Timlin compiled a record of 75–73, with 141 saves, and a 3.63 ERA. In ​1204 13 innings pitched, he struck out 872 batters while walking 377. As a hitter, he had 7 at-bats (all with St. Louis); he struck out 4 times and did not reach base. As of July 2017, Timlin ranks eighth all-time in appearances for MLB pitchers, having played in 1,058 games.[20]

Timlin wore uniform number 40 with Toronto, Seattle, and Baltimore. When he was traded to St. Louis in 2000, uniform number 40 was already in use by Andy Benes, so Timlin changed to uniform number 50. He later kept that number with Philadelphia and Boston. Timlin was ejected twice in his MLB career, both times during the 2002 season.[21]

Timlin was also a member of the United States national baseball team that competed in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Personal life

Timlin has three sisters; Jeri Lynn, Tracy, and Sherri.[22] He and his wife, Dawn, have two children; a son born in 1996, and a daughter born in 2000. The Timlins are organizers of "The Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race to Cure ALS", held annually since 2004; Timlin's mother died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2002.[22]

In 2006, with former teammates Johnny Damon and Édgar Rentería, Timlin was featured on an episode of the animated television series Arthur, providing his voice for the Elwood City Grebes pitcher "Winlin."[23]

Timlin was the 2007 recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, which is awarded annually to an MLB player who has made exemplary contributions to "both his community and philanthropy."[24]

On April 19, 2009, Timlin was honored by the Red Sox; he threw out the ceremonial first pitch on "Mike Timlin Day" at Fenway Park.

In 2010, Timlin was inducted to Southwestern University's hall of fame.[25][26]

During the 2017 season, Timlin worked as color commentator with play-by-play announcer Dave O'Brien for several Red Sox games in July.[27]

Timlin was present at the concert where the Las Vegas shooting occurred on October 1, 2017, but escaped unharmed.[28]

See also


  1. ^ "Mike Timlin – Phi Delta Theta Fraternity". phideltatheta.org. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Boston Red Sox 6, Toronto Blue Jays 2". Retrosheet. April 8, 1991.
  3. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays 5, Boston Red Sox 3". Retrosheet. April 10, 1991.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Twins 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2". Retrosheet. October 11, 1991.
  5. ^ "1991 ALCS, Game 3: Twins @ Blue Jays". Classic Twins. Retrieved July 31, 2017 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "1991 Awards Voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays 4, Atlanta Braves 3". Retrosheet. October 24, 1992.
  8. ^ "92 WS, GM 6, TOR@ATL: Blue Jays win the World Series". MLB.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers 8, Seattle Mariners 3". Retrosheet. August 1, 1997.
  10. ^ "Baltimore Orioles 9, Seattle Mariners 3". Retrosheet. October 1, 1997.
  11. ^ "New York Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2". Retrosheet. July 30, 2000.
  12. ^ "New York Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5". Retrosheet. October 12, 2000.
  13. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals 10, Houston Astros 6". Retrosheet. October 6, 2001.
  14. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3". Retrosheet. October 12, 2001.
  15. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers 6, St. Louis Cardinals 1". Retrosheet. April 19, 2002.
  16. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies 8, San Francisco Giants 6". Retrosheet. July 31, 2002.
  17. ^ "Chicago White Sox 5, Boston Red Sox 3". Retrosheet. October 7, 2005.
  18. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays 9, Boston Red Sox 8". Retrosheet. October 11, 2008.
  19. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays 13, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet. October 14, 2008.
  20. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Games Played". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  21. ^ "Mike Timlin". Retrosheet. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  22. ^ a b "About - The Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Race to Cure ALS". sharontimlinrace.org. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  23. ^ "The Curse of the Grebes/Arthur Changes Gears". IMDb. 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  24. ^ "SU ALUMNUS AND CURRENT RED SOX TIMLIN WINS LOU GEHRIG AWARD". southwesternpirates.com. January 7, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "Michael A. Timlin - Inducted - 2010". southwesternpirates.com. 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  26. ^ "Mike Timlin Induction into Southwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame". southwesternpirates. Retrieved August 1, 2017 – via YouTube.
  27. ^ Burdge, Lucy (July 27, 2017). "Mike Timlin responds to critics of his broadcasting skills". WEEI.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  28. ^ Buell, Spencer (October 2, 2017). "Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin is fine after the shooting in Las Vegas". bostonmagazine.com. Retrieved October 2, 2017.

Further reading

External links

1991 American League Championship Series

The 1991 American League Championship Series was played between the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays from October 8 to 13. The Twins defeated the favored Blue Jays, winning the Series four games to one. Minnesota would go on to face (and ultimately defeat) the Atlanta Braves in seven games in 1991 World Series, ranked by ESPN as the greatest ever played.

This was the first postseason series played entirely indoors, as both teams played in domed stadiums.

Minnesota outfielder Kirby Puckett was named the Series MVP, based on his .429 batting average, two home runs, and five RBI.

1991 Caribbean Series

The thirty-third edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was a baseball competition played in 1991. It was held from February 2 through February 9 with the champion teams from the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Potros de Tijuana; Puerto Rico, Cangrejeros de Santurce, and Venezuela, Cardenales de Lara. All games were held at Bobby Maduro Stadium in Miami, Florida.

1997 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1997 season was their 21st season, and the team won their second American League West title, with a record of 90–72 (.556), six games ahead of the runner-up Anaheim Angels. For the second straight year, they led the AL in runs scored (925) and shattered the all-time record for most home runs hit by a team in one season (set at 257 by the Baltimore Orioles the year before) with 264. Five Mariners scored at least 100 runs and six hit at least 20 home runs. In addition, the Seattle pitching staff led the league with 1,207 strike outs.

The Mariners drew over three million in home attendance for the first time in franchise history, in the penultimate full season at the Kingdome. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a franchise record 56 home runs and won the Most Valuable Player award in the American League.

2000 National League Championship Series

The 2000 National League Championship Series (NLCS), to determine the champion of Major League Baseball's National League, was played between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild card New York Mets. The Mets and Cards used as a rally cry the 2000 hit song "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by the Baha Men.

This series pitted a pair of teams that were former division rivals. In the mid-1980s, the Mets and Cardinals fought it out for supremacy in the National League East over four seasons, with each team alternating division championships between 1985 and 1988 (the Cardinals in their pennant seasons of 1985 and 1987, the Mets in their championship season of 1986 and 1988; however, the Cardinals weren't serious contenders in both of those years).The Cardinals, led by manager Tony La Russa, had played through the 2000 season in relatively businesslike fashion. They had won the National League Central division, and swept the Mets' fiercest rival, Atlanta Braves, in three games in the NL Division Series, making the Mets' run to the World Series much easier. However, they were struck with several injuries to key players as the playoffs began, including slugger Mark McGwire, catcher Mike Matheny, and the sudden, unexplained wildness of rookie pitcher Rick Ankiel.

The Mets, on the other hand, engaged in battle with the Braves for much of the season, eventually falling one game short of a division title. They matched up with the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series. After dropping the first game, they would rebound to win the following three games in heart-stopping fashion, including a thirteenth inning walk off home run from Benny Agbayani to win Game 3 and an improbable one-hit shutout by Bobby Jones to win the clinching Game 4. As noted above, the Mets thanked the Cardinals for making their run to the World Series much easier.It was the first NLCS since 1990 not to feature the Braves.

The Mets would go on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series in five games.

2000 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 2000 season was the team's 119th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 109th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 95-67 during the season, their best finish since 1987, and won the National League Central division by ten games over the Cincinnati Reds. In the playoffs the Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves 3 games to 0 in the NLDS but lost to the New York Mets 4 games to 1 in the NLCS.

The Cardinals sweep of the Braves in the NLDS was notable because it made the Mets run to their first World Series appearance since their championship season of 1986 much easier. The Braves had eliminated the Mets from the playoffs on the final day of the 1998 season and in the 1999 NLCS.Catcher Mike Matheny and outfielder Jim Edmonds won Gold Gloves this year. Matheny was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays during the off-season, while Edmonds was acquired from the Anaheim Angels less than a week before the start of the season.

2002 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2002 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 120th season in the history of the franchise.

2008 American League Championship Series

The 2008 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2008 American League playoffs, was a best-of-seven series matching the two winners of the American League Division Series. The AL East Division champion Tampa Bay Rays, who had defeated the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS, were paired with the wild-card and defending world champion Boston Red Sox, who had defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in the ALDS. Tampa Bay held the home field advantage.

The Rays won the series four games to three, becoming the first team since the 1992 Atlanta Braves to win a seventh game after blowing a 3–1 lead. The series began at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday, October 10, 2008, and was broadcast on TBS. Game 7 was played on Sunday, October 19. This was the Rays' first appearance in the ALCS while the Red Sox were making their fourth appearance in the last six seasons and ninth overall. The two teams hit a combined 26 home runs—a record for league championship series.The Rays would go on to lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.

Arthur (season 10)

The 10th season of the television series Arthur was originally produced in 2006 and broadcast on PBS in the United States from May 15 to 26, 2006 and contains 10 episodes. The DVD set for the season was released in region 1 on March 25, 2008. This included downloadable teaching materials and described video for the visually impaired. The season's guest stars are Édgar Rentería, Mike Timlin, Johnny Damon, and Ming Tsai. This is the last season in which Jason Szwimmer voices D.W. This is the third season of Arthur where the episodes aired in one month, following seasons 4 and 7.

2006 was marked as a 10-year milestone for the TV series Arthur and a 30-year milestone of the book series by Marc Brown. In celebration, a contest was run on the Arthur website called "Crazy 10's Scavenger Hunt", where viewers would search for hidden "10"s on the season's episodes for a chance to win a prize.

Games pitched

In baseball statistics, games pitched (denoted by GamesG in tables of only pitching statistics) is the number of games in which a player appears as a pitcher; a player who is announced as the pitcher must face at least one batter, although exceptions are made if the pitcher announced in the starting lineup is injured before facing a batter, perhaps while batting or running the bases in the top of the first inning, before the opposing team comes to bat. The statistic is also referred to as appearances, usually to refer to the number of games a relief pitcher has pitched in.

Hold (baseball)

A hold (abbreviated HLD, H or HD) is awarded to a relief pitcher who meets the following three conditions:

1. Enters the game in a save situation; that is, when all of the following three conditions apply:

(a) He appears in relief (i.e., is not the starting pitcher) when his team is leading; and

(b) He is not the winning pitcher; and

(c) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:

(i) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and maintains that lead for at least one inning

(ii) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck

(iii) He pitches for at least three effective innings.2. Records at least one out;3. Leaves the game before it has ended without his team having relinquished the lead at any point and does not record a save.The hold is not an official Major League Baseball statistic.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis () is a 2013 American film written, directed, produced, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1961, the film follows one week in the life of Llewyn Davis, played by Oscar Isaac in his breakthrough role, a folk singer struggling to achieve musical success while keeping his life in order. It co-stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, and Justin Timberlake.

Although Davis is a fictional character, the story was partly inspired by the autobiography of folk singer Dave Van Ronk. Most of the folk songs performed in the film are sung in full and recorded live. T Bone Burnett was the executive music producer.

The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it screened on May 19, 2013. The film began a limited release in the United States on December 6, 2013, and a wide release on January 10, 2014. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing) and three Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Oscar Isaac), and Best Original Song.

Inside Llewyn Davis has been highly acclaimed, and was voted the eleventh best film released since 2000 by film critics in a 2016 BBC Culture poll. It was also chosen the eleventh "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by The New York Times.

Keith Foulke

Keith Charles Foulke (; born October 19, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. A graduate of Hargrave High School in Huffman, Texas, Foulke attended Galveston College and Lewis–Clark State College. Between 1997 and 2008, he pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. Foulke was an All-Star in 2003 and he earned the final out of the 2004 World Series.

List of Boston Red Sox team records

The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They have competed in the American League (AL) since it was founded in 1901, and in the AL East division since it was formed in 1969. Note that before 1908, the team was known as the Boston Americans. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.

List of Major League Baseball career games finished leaders

In baseball statistics, a relief pitcher is credited with a game finished (denoted by GF) if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a game. A starting pitcher is not credited with a GF for pitching a complete game.

Mariano Rivera is the all-time leader in games finished with 952. Rivera is the only pitcher in MLB history to finish more than 900 career games. Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith are the only other pitchers to finish more than 800 games in their careers.

Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig, both on the field and off it. The award was created by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in honor of Gehrig, who was a member of the fraternity at Columbia University. It was first presented in 1955, fourteen years after Gehrig's death. The award's purpose is to recognize a player's exemplary contributions in "both his community and philanthropy." The bestowal of the award is overseen by the headquarters of the Phi Delta Theta in Oxford, Ohio, and the name of each winner is inscribed onto the Lou Gehrig Award plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. It is the only MLB award conferred by a fraternity.Twenty-four winners of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The inaugural winner was Alvin Dark. Curt Schilling (1995) and Shane Victorino (2008) received the award for working with the ALS Association and raising money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disease took Gehrig's life and is eponymously known as "Lou Gehrig's disease". Mike Timlin won the award in 2007 for his efforts in raising awareness and finding a cure for ALS, which took his mother's life in 2002.Winners of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award have undertaken a variety of different causes. Many winners, including Rick Sutcliffe, Barry Larkin, Mark McGwire, Todd Stottlemyre and Derek Jeter, worked with children in need. Jeter assisted children and teenagers in avoiding drug and alcohol addiction through his Turn 2 Foundation, while Sutcliffe visited disabled children in hospitals and bestowed college scholarships to underprivileged juveniles through his foundation. Other winners devoted their work to aiding individuals who had a specific illness, such as Albert Pujols, whose daughter suffers from Down syndrome, and who devoted the Pujols Family Foundation to helping those with the disorder, and Ryan Zimmerman, who established the ziMS Foundation to raise money for multiple sclerosis, the disease which afflicts his mother.

Medicine Hat Blue Jays

The Medicine Hat Blue Jays were a Rookie League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, playing in the Pioneer League and located in the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. They played a total of 25 seasons; 1978 through 2002. Their home field was Athletic Park.

Paul Spoljaric

Paul Nikola Špoljarić (born September 24, 1970) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who last played in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals in 2000.

After being signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 1989, he went on to play for the Blue Jays (1994, 1996–1997, 1999), Seattle Mariners (1997-1998), Philadelphia Phillies (1999) and Kansas City Royals (2000). He was traded in 1997 with Mike Timlin for José Cruz, Jr. and was a member of Team Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where they finished in fourth place in the baseball tournament.

In his 6-year major-league career, Spoljaric compiled an 8–17 record with 278 strikeouts, 12 saves, and a 5.52 ERA in 278 innings.

Spoljaric was a starting pitcher with the Barrie Baycats of the Intercounty Baseball League He signed with them in December 2007 and was a starting pitcher for the 2008 IBL season. Spoljaric also spent the previous 6 IBL seasons as a starting pitcher with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Since leaving baseball Spoljaric is now president of Upper Deck Flooring, a firm based in Bolton, Ontario, just north of Toronto.

Sinker (baseball)

In baseball, a sinker or sinking fastball is a type of fastball pitch which has significant downward and horizontal movement and is known for inducing ground balls. Pitchers who use the sinker tend to rely on it heavily and do not need to change pitch speeds as much as other pitchers do because the sinking action induces weak bat contact. Other pitchers normally change pitch speeds to achieve this effect. The sinker is much more often used by right-handed than left-handed pitchers.


Timlin is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Addison Timlin (born 1991), American actress

Andrew Timlin (born 1974), New Zealand field hockey player

I.R. Timlin (1880–1955), American architect

James Timlin (born 1927), former Catholic Bishop of Scranton

Mark Timlin (born 1944), British author

Michael Timlin (born 1985), English-born Irish international footballer

Mike Timlin (born 1966), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Robert Timlin (1932-2017), American jurist, Senior District Judge for the Central District of California

Thomas F. Timlin, American politician, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly

William H. Timlin (1852–1916), American jurist

William M. Timlin (1892–1943), South African architect and illustrator


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