Tim Lincecum

Timothy Leroy Lincecum (/ˈlɪnsəkʌm/ LIN-sə-kum;[1] born June 15, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants from 2007 to 2015 and for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016, but as of mid-2019 had not announced his retirement. Lincecum helped the Giants win three World Series championships in a five-year span. Lincecum was the team's ace starter in 2010 and relief pitcher in 2012 and 2014, winning the Babe Ruth Award in 2010 as the most valuable player of the MLB postseason.

After attending Liberty Senior High School in Renton, Washington, Lincecum played college baseball at the University of Washington. Pitching for the Washington Huskies, he won the 2006 Golden Spikes Award. That year, Lincecum became the first Washington Husky to be selected in the first round of an MLB Draft, when the San Francisco Giants selected him tenth overall.

Nicknamed "The Freak" for his ability to generate powerful pitches from his athletic but slight physique, the 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) 170 pounds (77 kg) power pitcher led the National League in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings pitched for three consecutive years in a span from 2008 to 2010 as well as shutouts in 2009, helping Lincecum win consecutive Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009 to become the first MLB pitcher to win the award in his first two full seasons. He has also appeared in four consecutive All-Star Games, from 2008 through 2011. In 2013, Lincecum pitched the first Petco Park no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He repeated the feat again the following year, he became the first MLB pitcher to throw no-hitters against the same team in consecutive seasons. Lincecum is one of only two pitchers in MLB history to win multiple World Series championships, multiple Cy Young Awards, throw multiple no-hitters, and be elected to multiple All-Star Games, the other being Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.

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Tim Lincecum on July 10, 2016
Lincecum pitching for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: June 15, 1984 (age 35)
Bellevue, Washington
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 2007, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record110–89
Earned run average3.74
Strikeouts1,736
WHIP1.29
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Lincecum attended Liberty Senior High School in Renton, Washington, where he played two seasons of varsity baseball. As a senior, he won state player of the year and led his school to the 2003 3A state championship title.[2]

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 [3] as a Washington Husky. He won the 2006 Golden Spikes Award, which is awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player.[4]

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.[5] In the summer of 2005, he played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League.[6]

Professional career

Drafts and minor leagues

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.[7] 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.[6] 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.[2] 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.[8][a]

During his brief minor league career he was frequently named as the top pitching prospect in the Giants organization.[9]

Lincecum 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. After his second outing on July 31 against the Boise Hawks, in which he pitched three innings, striking out seven and allowing just one baserunner, he was promoted to the High Class-A San Jose Giants.

On August 5, in his first start in San Jose against the Bakersfield Blaze, he pitched 2⅔ innings, allowing three runs (two earned), and striking out five. Lincecum finished the year 2–0 with a 1.95 ERA, 48 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 27⅔ innings pitched. He also got the victory in the opening game of the California League playoffs, giving up one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out ten and walking one against the Visalia Oaks. Visalia would win the series 3–2.

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.[10] He 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.[11] 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.[12]

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."[13]

San Francisco Giants (2007–2015)

Rookie year (2007)

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, the first being Chase Utley.[14]

He earned his first major league win in his next start, on the road against the Rockies.[15] Lincecum, who is often compared to retired pitcher Roy Oswalt,[16][17] faced him in each of his next two starts against the Astros. After the first match-up, Astros third baseman Mike Lamb said, "The stuff he was throwing out there tonight was everything he's hyped up to be. He was 97 mph (156 km/h) with movement. You just don't see that every day. He pitched very much like the pitcher he is compared to and out-dueled him throughout the night."[18] The pair dueled to a no-decision the first time, and Lincecum pitched eight innings and got the win the second time.[19]

In July, he went 4–0 with a 1.62 ERA.[20] On July 1, in a seven-inning performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he struck out twelve, the fourth highest total ever by a Giants rookie.[21]

Lincecum pitched into the ninth inning for the first time on August 21 against the Chicago Cubs, holding a 1–0 lead. He had allowed just two hits and one walk through the first eight, while throwing only eighty-eight pitches. Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot said after the game, "He's got electric stuff. The best stuff I've seen all year."[22]

Lincecum was shut down in September as a precaution, due to the high inning count in his first full year of professional ball.[23] Between the minors and the majors, he pitched a total of 177⅓ innings.[24][25]

Consecutive Cy Young Awards (2008–2009)

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Lincecum in 2008

The Giants asked Lincecum not to throw the bullpen sessions typical of other pitchers during the off-season. Manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle that they were being careful with Lincecum because studies have shown that pitchers who throw 200 innings early in their career are more susceptible to injuries.[26]

On May 15, after Lincecum struck out ten Houston Astros in six innings, Houston first baseman Lance Berkman offered his view of Lincecum: "He's got as good of stuff as I've ever seen. ... He's got three almost unhittable pitches."[27] After falling to Lincecum and the Giants 6–3 on May 27, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Conor Jackson gave his impression of facing Lincecum: "He's got good stuff", Jackson said. "From what I saw tonight, that's the best arm I've seen all year, no doubt. You've got to almost hit a ball right down the middle. You're going to pop up the ball at your bellybutton, which we all did tonight, and the one down, it's coming in at 98 mph (158 km/h), you're not going to put too much good wood on it. Even the ones down the middle are coming at 98. He's good, man."[28]

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Lincecum pitching on August 1, 2008, in San Diego

Lincecum was on the cover of the July 7, 2008, issue of Sports Illustrated,[29] and on July 6, he was selected to play in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game. However, he was hospitalized the day of the game due to flu-like symptoms and was unavailable to pitch. In a July 26 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he struck out 13 batters in seven innings while allowing seven hits, two earned runs, and no walks.

Lincecum pitched his first shutout, against the San Diego Padres on September 13.[30] In nine innings he threw 138 pitches, gave up four hits and struck out 12 batters.[31] On September 23, he broke Jason Schmidt's San Francisco single-season strikeout record with his 252nd strikeout of the season against the Colorado Rockies. He finished the season with 265 strikeouts (54 of them three-pitch strikeouts, the most in the majors), making him the first San Francisco pitcher to win the National League strikeout title, and the first Giant since Bill Voiselle in 1944.[32] His 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched were the best in the majors, and his .316 slugging-percentage-against was the lowest in the major leagues, as was his .612 OPS-against.[33][34] His 138 pitches on September 13 were the most by any pitcher in a game in 2008.[35] He finished the season with an 18–5 record, and tied for the major league lead with 17 wild pitches.[36][37] On November 11, 2008, Lincecum was awarded the NL Cy Young Award, making him the second Giant to win the award, after Mike McCormick.[38] He finished 23rd in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

After winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2008 Lincecum continued his dominance in the National League. 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.[39] 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.[40] Lincecum was announced as an NL All-Star along with his teammate Matt Cain. He was also the starting pitcher for the NL. Lincecum went two innings in the All-Star Game, giving up two runs, one earned, and striking out one.[41]

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Lincecum in 2009

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 29 scoreless inning streak, third-best since the Giants moved west in 1958.[42] 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.[43] On August 3, Lincecum was named National League Player of the Week.[44]

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Lincecum in June 2009

Lincecum missed his first game since coming up to the big leagues on September 8 against the San Diego Padres.[45] Madison Bumgarner took his place that day, making his major league debut. Lincecum was healthy enough to make his next start on September 14, pitching seven innings with eleven strikeouts lowering his ERA to 2.30, and picking up his 14th win of the year.[46] Lincecum finished the 2009 season with a 15–7 record, 2.48 ERA and 261 strikeouts. Following the season, Lincecum was named Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year.[47] He was later cited during a traffic stop on October 30 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.[48] On November 19, Lincecum was awarded his second consecutive Cy Young Award, narrowly edging out St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, who actually had the most first place votes.[49] In doing so, he became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to be awarded the Cy Young in each of his first two full seasons. He finished 18th in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

First World Series championship (2010)

Lincecum continued his dominance in the Majors by starting 5–0. His strikeouts piled up quickly and was atop the Major Leagues in the category through the early season. However, issues concerning Lincecum's control over the movement of his pitches arose when he walked five batters for the fourth consecutive start on May 31.[50] Although the early struggles were explained as a "lack of confidence" or "mental" issues,[51] Lincecum himself admitted that the slump lasted "longer than I was hoping it would."[52]

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Lincecum in September 2010

Lincecum eventually recovered somewhat from his slump and made the 2010 National League All-Star Team. As of the All-Star break, Lincecum was 9–4 with a 3.16 ERA over 116.2 innings pitched. One of his great first half accomplishments was that Lincecum defeated Houston's Roy Oswalt three times in three months. All three games were pitchers' duels.[53]

On July 15, 2010, in his first start after the All-Star game, Lincecum pitched a six-hit, complete-game shutout against the New York Mets.

After a disappointing August, Lincecum came out of his slump on September 1; pitching against one of the league's top pitchers, Ubaldo Jiménez, Lincecum pitched 8 strong innings of 1 run ball. This was Lincecum's first win since July 30. Lincecum continued to improve throughout September, finishing 5–1 with 52 strikeouts and 6 walks as compared to the 20/13 ratio in August. Lincecum managed to win his third consecutive National League strikeout title, he also set a record for most strikeouts by an MLB pitcher in his first four seasons.[54] Lincecum finished the 2010 regular season with a 16–10 record, 3.43 ERA and 231 strikeouts.

On October 7, in his first postseason game, Lincecum pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout, striking out a playoff career-high 14 batters, against the Atlanta Braves in game 1 of the NLDS, breaking the all-time record for strikeouts in Giants postseason history.[55] In his next postseason start, he outdueled Roy Halladay by pitching 7 innings and giving up 3 earned runs, while striking out 8 in the Giants' 4–3 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.[56] In Game 6 on October 23, with the Giants clinging to a one run lead, Lincecum was summoned from the bullpen on one day's rest to pitch the bottom of the 8th. He struck out the dangerous Jayson Werth before surrendering singles to the next two batters. The Giants won the game 3–2, advancing to the 2010 World Series.

Lincecum pitched in both Games 1 and 5 of the World Series, earning a win in both. Game 1 of the 2010 World Series saw Lincecum contribute to an 11–7 win 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 5 of the World Series with an opportunity to clinch a world championship for San Francisco. Lincecum utilized all his pitches in throwing 8 solid innings, collecting 10 strikeouts while giving up only 3 hits, including a home-run, en route to a 3–1 victory. His victory in Game 5 ended the Giants' 56-year drought between 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.

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Lincecum's strikeout milestones

Setting records (2011)

On May 4, he struck out twelve Mets becoming the Giants franchise record holder for the number of games pitched with 10 or more strikeouts with 29, surpassing Hall of Fame "first five" inaugural member Christy Mathewson. Mathewson accumulated his 28 ten-plus-strikeout games in 551 starts over seventeen seasons of pitching for the Giants; Lincecum collected his 29 in 129 starts over five seasons.[57] On May 21, he threw his 8th career complete game and his 5th career shutout against the Oakland Athletics. Lincecum almost threw his first no-hitter on April 18, giving up his first hit after 6 1/3 innings. On June 6, he recorded his 1,000th career strikeout against the Washington Nationals, striking out Jerry Hairston, Jr.. He accomplished this during his fifth year in the Major Leagues, becoming only the eighth pitcher in history to do so.[58] He is the second player ever to have 1,127 strikeouts by his 5th season in the Major Leagues. He was only 29 strikeouts short of passing Tom Seaver for having the most strikeouts in the first five seasons as a Major League Baseball Player, which was 1,155. In 2011, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Lincecum matched up four times. In those four games the scores were 2–1, 1–0, 2–1, 2–1, all in the Dodgers' favor. On September 10, 2011, they struck out a combined 20 batters.

Lincecum finished the 2011 season 13–14, despite a top-tier ERA of 2.74 (4th in the NL) and a stellar second-half ERA of 2.31. Lincecum's win-loss record was largely due to his receiving the worst run support in all of Major League Baseball; the Giants scored no runs in ten of his outings and scored two runs or fewer in 21 of them, leading to Lincecum becoming one of only six pitchers in modern major league history to have at least 200 strikeouts, an ERA of below 2.75, and a losing record.[59]

Second World Series championship (2012)

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). 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.[60]

Lincecum regressed in 2012, recording a 5.18 ERA, nearly double from 2011, finishing with a 10–15 record and 190 strikeouts, and leading the major leagues with 17 wild pitches.[37][61] Lincecum was converted to a relief pitcher in the 2012 MLB playoffs.[62] 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 and Lincecum was named the winning pitcher. Counting his start against Atlanta in the 2010 playoffs and his two relief appearances in this series, Lincecum is 2–0 with an 0.59 ERA in NL Division Series play. He 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 NLDS, allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings in two relief appearances and striking out eight batters without issuing a single walk.[63]

Lincecum won his second championship title in three years, pitching effective relief in the 2012 World Series 4-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers, in which he struck out eight of the 16 batters he faced, including the heart of the Tigers' order (Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young).

Third World Series championship and no-hitters (2013–2015)

During the 2012 offseason, Lincecum "maintained an offseason conditioning program that he knew would help him coordinate the many moving parts in his delivery." [64] After a series of lackluster performances in Spring training, many seemed to worry.[65] He said, "Mechanically, I felt really good."[64] He started the season 3rd in the rotation behind Cain and Bumgarner.[66] On April 3, he made his first start of the season; he threw 5 innings, struck out 4, tied a career-high in walks with 7 batters, and allowed 2 runs (0 earned) on three hits while en route to the win.[67] In his second start, there were signs of better control; despite walking 4 batters, he struck out 7 while allowing just 4 hits over 6 innings, eventually getting no decision.[68]

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, walked 4, and hit 1 while throwing a career-high 148 pitches, which were the second most number of pitches ever thrown in a no-hitter, after the 149 Edwin Jackson threw in his June 25, 2010 no-hitter.[69] The 13 strikeouts were the second-most by a Giant in pitching a no-hitter, after the 14 in Matt Cain's perfect game a year earlier. Lincecum, the losing pitcher in Homer Bailey's second career no-hitter only eleven days earlier, became the first no-hit pitcher to also be the losing pitcher in another no-hitter during the same season since the Giants' Juan Marichal in 1963, as well as the first pitcher since Bill McCahan in 1947 to hurl a no-hitter after being on the losing end of the last no-hitter before it.[70] 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.

On September 20 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.[71]

Despite an ERA of 4.54 in the second half of the season, it was considered inflated, as the bullpen accounted for an unusually high 12 earned runs charged to Lincecum.[72] 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.[73] 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, this time at AT&T Park and on 35 fewer pitches. On the offensive side, he registered two hits, both leadoff singles, walked once, and scored two runs. The Padres had just one baserunner, Chase Headley on a second inning walk. 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.[74] 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.[74] He is also the second Giant with two no-hitters, along with Christy Mathewson. He has the most career no-hitters in San Francisco Giants history and is tied with Mathewson for most Giants no-hitters in franchise history. With his second no-hit performance, Lincecum joins elite company. He joins Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson, and Roy Halladay as the only pitchers in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters and win multiple Cy Young Awards as well as multiple All-Star selections. Lincecum and Sandy Koufax are the only pitchers in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters and to win multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple World Series championship titles as well as multiple All-Star selections. For his play, on June 30, he was again awarded National League Player of the Week honors.

On July 22, 2014, Lincecum earned his first career save, pitching ​23 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.[75] Saves became an official MLB statistic in 1969, but according to Baseball-Reference.com, it would make Lincecum the ninth Giants' pitcher to toss a no-hitter and record a save in the same season, joining Gaylord Perry, Carl Hubbell, Jesse Barnes, Rube Marquard, Jeff Tesreau, Hooks Wiltse, Christy Mathewson, and Amos Rusie. The last time Lincecum pitched out of the bullpen against the Phillies was in the 8th inning of the series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS.

On September 25, 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. He became the first pitcher in Major League history to throw the least number of pitches and record the fewest number of outs to win his 100th career game at two and one.[76] He tied for the National League lead in wild pitches, with 15.[37] 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 are 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 entered Game Two of the 2014 World Series, opening the bottom of the seventh inning. He retired all five batters he faced, throwing 23 pitches, including 13 strikes and two strikeouts. Lincecum left the game in the eighth inning with lower back tightness.[77] Despite the injury, the Giants defeated the Royals in seven games, to give Lincecum the third World Series championship of his career.

Lincecum performed well during spring training in March 2015 and showed signs of his old form.[78] Showcasing a newfound command in his repertoire, Lincecum improved to 2–2 with a 2.40 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 11 walks in 30 innings pitched by May 3.[79] On the same date, he pitched eight scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, striking out four and allowing only three hits and a walk.[80] On May 8, Lincecum pitched six scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins, allowing only three hits and striking out eight.[81] 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.[82] In 2015 he was 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA.

Lincecum's number 55 jersey has not been reissued since he left the team.

Los Angeles Angels (2016)

On May 20, 2016, Lincecum signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.[83] 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 with a 2–6 record and a 9.16 ERA, allowing 68 hits and 23 walks over ​38 13 innings pitched. Left-handed batters had a higher batting average against him, .364 (in 20 or more innings), than against all other MLB pitchers.[84] The Angels designated Lincecum for assignment on August 6.[85]

Texas Rangers

After sitting out the 2017 season, Lincecum signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on March 7, 2018.[86] 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.[87] He was released by the Rangers on June 5, 2018.[88]

No-hitters

Date Result Venue Attendance Time Catcher Home plate
umpire
Box score
July 13, 2013 San Francisco Giants 9
at San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park 40,342 2:51 Buster Posey Mark Wegner [89]
June 25, 2014 San Diego Padres 0
at San Francisco Giants 4
AT&T Park 41,411 2:37 Héctor Sánchez Adam Hamari [90]

Pitch repertoire

Lincecum can throw a four-seam fastball, but mostly uses a two-seam fastball grip which he throws generally around 87–89 mph[91] for more sinking movement to get more ground balls. This pitch has little lateral movement, due to his overhand delivery and the speed at which the pitch is thrown. He has a breaking curveball that is thrown at a range of 72–75 mph and breaks away from a right-handed hitter. Lincecum uses a changeup that he grips similar to a splitter with sinking two-seam action. His changeup appears similar to his fastball for the first 30 feet (9.1 m), but then dives down sharply tailing away from a left-handed batter (80–83 mph).[91][92] The majority of his strikeouts are recorded with this pitch. Lincecum also has a slider that breaks down and away from a right-handed hitter at 80–83 mph. On rare occasions, Lincecum hurls an eephus pitch.

Lincecum is 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)[93] and 170 pounds. Lincecum was nicknamed "The Freak" by his Washington teammates because of his athletic abilities.[94] His fastball velocity is down from his early years – it topped out at 99 mph in his first two MLB seasons but maxes out at low-90s mph now.[91] After having hip surgery in September 2015 and six months of rigorous rehab, Lincecum's velocity was clocked at 92 mph (his fastball topped out at 90 mph in 2015.)[91]

Career highlights

Awards

Award / Honor Time(s) Date(s)
World Series Champion 3 2010, 2012, 2014
Babe Ruth Award 1 2010
National League Champion 3 2010, 2012, 2014
NL Cy Young Award 2 20082009
The Sporting News' NL Pitcher of the Year Award 2 20082009
NL strikeouts leader 3 20082010
NL shutouts leader 1 2009
NL All-Star 4 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
MLB All-Star Game NL Starting Pitcher 1 2009
NL Pitcher of the Month 1 June 2009
NL Player of the Week 3 2009, 20132014
Major League Baseball Starter of the Year 1 2008[95]
Player's Choice Award for NL's Outstanding Pitcher 1 2008[96][97]
San Francisco Giants Opening Day starting pitcher 4 20092012
Major League Baseball 2K9 and Major League Baseball 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars Cover Athlete[98] 1 2008
Golden Spikes Award 1 2006
National Freshman of the Year 1 2004[99]
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year 2 2004, 2006
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year 1 2004[100]
Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week 1 2005[101]
Gatorade Washington State Baseball Player of the Year 1 2003[102]

Records

Personal life

Lincecum's mother, Rebecca Asis, is the daughter of Filipino immigrants.[106][107] Lincecum's father, Chris Lincecum, worked at Boeing and Tim held out for a large signing bonus so his father could retire.[6] Chris was largely responsible for his son's interest in baseball at a young age, and taught Tim his unique and extravagant windup.

He has lived in Sausalito, California and the Mission District/Potrero Hill area of San Francisco, steps away from the old Seals Stadium site, during baseball season.[108][109] During the off-season, he lives in Seattle, Washington.[110] He has owned property in Paradise Valley, Arizona.[111] He has a French bulldog named Cy.[112]

Lincecum has been described as the most beloved San Francisco sports figure "since Joe Montana", by the Sacramento Bee. Because of his "small size and unorthodox pitching delivery, he is an unlikely figure to have reached the pinnacle of his sport", which the Bee believes reflects the success of the Giants.[113] Fox Sports calls him a "local legend and crowd favorite, now and forever."[114]

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!" [115] A follow-up ad features Lincecum dunking the UMass mascot in the dunk tank.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Giants gave Angel Villalona a $2.1 million bonus a little over a month later.[8]

References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Young
NL hits per nine innings leader
2008
Succeeded by
Clayton Kershaw
Preceded by
Chris Young
NL opponent batting average leader
2008
Succeeded by
Clayton Kershaw
Preceded by
Ben Sheets
National League All-Star Game starting pitcher
2009
Succeeded by
Ubaldo Jiménez
Preceded by
Homer Bailey
Clayton Kershaw
No-hitter pitcher
July 13, 2013
June 24, 2014
Succeeded by
Henderson Álvarez
Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles,
and Jonathan Papelbon
2003 Major League Baseball draft

The 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 3 and 4. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams.

Source: MLB.com 2003 Draft Tracker

2006 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2006 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2008 San Francisco Giants season

The 2008 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 126th year in Major League Baseball, and their ninth at AT&T Park. The team finished in fourth place in the National League West with a 72-90 record, 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. 2008 marks their 50th Anniversary in the Bay Area since moving from New York in 1958. It is also their first since 1992 without all-time home run champion Barry Bonds, who was not re-signed following the 2007 season. At the end of the season, Tim Lincecum was voted the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner.

2009 San Francisco Giants season

The 2009 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 127th year in Major League Baseball, their 52nd year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 10th at AT&T Park. After four consecutive losing seasons, the team finished in third place in the National League West with an 88-74 record, 7 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Following Peter Magowan's retirement, Bill Neukom served as general managing partner of the Giants. After a season with the fewest home runs of any team since the 1993 Florida Marlins, general manager Brian Sabean said the Giants would attempt to bring in a power hitter as well as strengthening a bullpen that held a 4.45 ERA in 2008, fourteenth in the National League.After leading the National League Wild Card race for most of the season, the Giants were ultimately passed by the Colorado Rockies. The team finished third in the NL West and second in the Wild Card. Though they missed the playoffs, the Giants surpassed most expectations for their season; for example, Sports Illustrated projected that the Giants would finish with a record of 77–85. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins noted San Francisco's promising farm system (including products Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner) and the perceived weakness of the NL West as reasons to be optimistic about the Giants' potential. Additionally, the Giants' starting rotation boasted three Cy Young Award winners: Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito. After the season ended, Lincecum won his second straight Cy Young. The Giants would build on their surprising 2009 season the following year, winning the World Series. It would be their first in San Francisco.

2010 National League Championship Series

The 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven game Major League Baseball playoff series that pitted the winners of the 2010 National League Division Series—the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants—against each other for the National League Championship. The Giants won the series, 4–2, and went on to win the 2010 World Series. The series, the 41st in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 23. The Phillies had home field advantage as a result of their better regular-season record. The Phillies hosted Games 1, 2 and 6, while the Giants were at home for Games 3, 4 and 5.

The Giants would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship since 1954, and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City back in 1958, ending the Curse of Coogan's Bluff.

2010 San Francisco Giants season

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team that play in the National League. Their 2010 season marked their 128th year in Major League Baseball, their 53rd year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 11th in AT&T Park. The Giants won the National League West for the first time since the 2003 season and both the National League Division Series and National League Championship Series for the first time since the 2002 season. They would go on to win the World Series, their first championship since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

On October 7, the Giants played their first playoff game since 2003. In the first game of their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Tim Lincecum struck out fourteen in a 1–0 victory over Derek Lowe, setting a franchise postseason strikeout record. On October 11, the Giants won their series against Atlanta, advancing to the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. On October 23, the Giants defeated the Phillies to advance to the World Series where they faced the Texas Rangers. On November 1, the Giants defeated the Rangers in Game 5 to win their first championship since 1954.

2013 San Francisco Giants season

The 2013 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 131st year in Major League Baseball, their fifty-sixth year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their fourteenth at AT&T Park. They entered the season as the defending World Series Champions.

Adam Hamari

Adam Curtis Hamari (born May 25, 1983) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire.

Hamari began umpiring baseball for Little League teams at the age of 12. He began umpiring Minor League Baseball games in 2006, and was promoted to the major leagues on a part-time basis in 2013. Hamari was one of four umpires named to the full-time staff in February 2017, upon the retirements of Jim Joyce, John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke and Bob Davidson.Hamari was the plate umpire when Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants threw his second career no-hitter on June 25, 2014. He was also behind the plate when Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees hit a walk-off single in his final career home game on September 25, 2014.Hamari was the third base umpire for Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Vólquez's no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 3, 2017.

Bill McCahan

William Glenn McCahan (June 7, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 3, 1986 in Fort Worth, Texas) was an American professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Athletics from 1946 to 1949.

As a rookie on September 3, 1947, McCahan no-hit the Washington Senators 3-0 at Shibe Park. With one out in the second inning, Athletics' first baseman Ferris Fain, after fielding a routine ground ball, threw wildly to McCahan, covering first base. Stan Spence of the Senators made it all the way to second base, the only blemish on McCahan's otherwise perfect game. McCahan had been on the losing end of the last no-hitter prior to this one, pitched by Cleveland Indian Don Black on July 10 of that same season; not until Tim Lincecum in 2013 would a pitcher hurl a no-hitter after being on the losing end of the last no-hitter before it. McCahan's no-hitter would also be the last for the Athletics until Catfish Hunter's perfect game in 1968; by this time, the franchise had moved to Oakland.

McCahan also played professional basketball for the Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball League. His interment was located at Fort Worth's cemetery Greenwood Memorial Park.

Cy Young Award

The Cy Young Award is given annually to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB), one each for the American League (AL) and National League (NL). The award was first introduced in 1956 by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who died in 1955. The award was originally given to the single best pitcher in the major leagues, but in 1967, after the retirement of Frick, the award was given to one pitcher in each league.Each league's award is voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with one representative from each team. As of the 2010 season, each voter places a vote for first, second, third, fourth and fifth place among the pitchers of each league. The formula used to calculate the final scores is a weighted sum of the votes. The pitcher with the highest score in each league wins the award. If two pitchers receive the same number of votes, the award is shared. The current formula started in the 2010 season. Before that, dating back to 1970, writers voted for three pitchers, with the formula of 5 points for a first place vote, 3 for a second place vote and 1 for a third place vote. Prior to 1970, writers only voted for the best pitcher and used a formula of one point per vote.

Dick Tidrow

Richard William Tidrow (born May 14, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets from 1972 to 1984. He was primarily known as a setup man, or pitcher before the closer; however, on occasion he would also start games. His best seasons were with the Yankees when he helped the team to two World Series championships in 1977 and 1978, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers twice in a row. He was traded the following season to the Cubs for Ray Burris.

He acquired his nickname, "Dirt", while playing for the Yankees, for his somewhat unkempt appearance and his tendency to get his uniform shirt dirty even before the start of a game. His high kick and sidearm delivery anticipated the style of Dennis Eckersley.

Tidrow joined the San Francisco Giants in 1994, serving two years as Major League scout for the American League before becoming Special Assistant to the General Manager in 1996. Since being promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 1997, he, along with general manager Brian Sabean, was in charge of building a ballclub which appeared in four World Series, including three Championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) within a span of five seasons. He oversaw a farm system that produced Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey. Tidrow's current title is Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.

Golden Spikes Award

The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States. The award, created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, was first presented in 1978. It is given to an amateur player who best exhibits and combines "exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship." The award is considered the most prestigious in amateur baseball.Ten winners of the Golden Spikes Award are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, including Bob Horner, the inaugural winner in 1978. In that same year, he was the first overall MLB draft pick and proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Seven Golden Spikes Award winners went on to become the first overall draft pick. Only Horner achieved the Rookie of the Year Award in the same year (although Jason Jennings and Buster Posey were voted the top rookies of the National League several years after winning the Golden Spikes Award). Jim Abbott, Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum are the only award winners to pitch a no-hitter, while Horner is the only one to hit four home runs in one game. Furthermore, 17 players won the Dick Howser Trophy (considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball) alongside the Golden Spikes Award. No player has won the award more than once.

Since 2014, the winner has been announced during a live broadcast of ESPN's SportsCenter. Immediately following the announcement, the award winner and the other finalists are honored at a banquet in Los Angeles. Although it can be given to any amateur player, the award has always been given to a college baseball player. In addition, only two winners were not attending NCAA Division I institutions when they won the award—junior college players Alex Fernández in 1990 and Bryce Harper in 2010. The most recent recipient of the award is Adley Rutschman of the Oregon State Beavers.

History of the San Francisco Giants

The history of the San Francisco Giants begins in 1883 with the New York Gothams and has involved some of baseball's greatest players, including Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Barry Bonds and Gaylord Perry. The team has won three World Series titles and six National League (NL) pennants since moving to San Francisco.

List of San Francisco Giants Opening Day starting pitchers

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball franchise based in San Francisco, California. They moved to San Francisco from New York City in 1958. They play in the National League West division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. Through 2016, the Giants have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 58 seasons since moving to San Francisco. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 27 wins, 16 losses and 16 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.The first Opening Day game for the San Francisco Giants was played against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15, 1958 at Seals Stadium, the Giants' first home ball park in San Francisco. Rubén Gómez was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher that day, in a game the Giants lost 8–0. That was the Giants' only Opening Day game at Seals Stadium. They also played in two other home parks in San Francisco: Candlestick Park from 1960 to 1999, and AT&T Park, previously called PacBell Park and SBC Park, since 2000. The Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers had a record of seven wins, three losses and seven no decisions at Candlestick Park and have a record of two wins, one loss and one no decision at AT&T Park. That gives the San Francisco Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers a total home record of 10 wins, 4 losses and 8 no decisions. Their record in Opening Day road games is 17 wins, 12 losses, and 8 no decisions.Juan Marichal holds the San Francisco Giants' record for most Opening Day starts, with 10. Marichal had a record in Opening Day starts of six wins, two losses and two no decisions. Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner each made four Opening Day starts for the Giants, and John Montefusco, Mike Krukow, John Burkett and Liván Hernández each made three Opening Day starts. Sam Jones, Vida Blue, Rick Reuschel, Mark Gardner, Kirk Rueter, Jason Schmidt and Barry Zito have each made two Opening Day starts for the Giants. Marichal has the most wins in Opening Day starts for San Francisco, with six. Reuschel and Burkett are the only pitchers to have won more than one Opening Day start for San Francisco without a loss. Both have records in Opening Day starts of two wins and no losses. Burkett also has a no decision. Zito has the worst record for San Francisco in Opening Day starts, with no wins and two losses. Zito and Marichal have the most losses in Opening Day starts, with two apiece. The Giants have played in the World Series six times since moving to San Francisco, in 1962, 1989, 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2014, winning in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Their Opening Day starting pitchers in those years were Juan Marichal in 1962, Rick Reuschel in 1989, Liván Hernández in 2002, Tim Lincecum in 2010 and 2012, and Madison Bumgarner in 2014. The Giants' Opening Day starting pitchers won four of their six Opening Day starts in those seasons, with their only loss coming in 2012 and a no decision in 2014.

List of San Francisco Giants first-round draft picks

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in San Francisco, California. They play in the National League West division. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks. Since the establishment of the draft in 1965, the Giants have selected 68 players in the first round.Of those 68 players, 32 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 23 of these were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. The Giants have also selected twelve outfielders, seven shortstops, six catchers, four third basemen, and three players each at first and second base. One player, 2010 selection Gary Brown, was drafted as a center fielder. The franchise has drafted eight players from colleges or high schools in their home state of California, more than any other. The Giants have never held the first-overall pick, but they did have the second pick in 1985, with which they drafted Will Clark.Four of San Francisco's first-round draft picks have won three World Series championships with the team—Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Buster Posey—all as part of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 championship teams. Two of the Giants' selections have won the National League Rookie of the Year Award: Gary Matthews (drafted in 1968) won in 1973; and Posey (drafted in 2008) won the award in 2010. Posey was also named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2012. Three of the Giants selections have been named the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series; Matthews in 1983 with Philadelphia, Clark in 1989 and Bumgarner in 2014. Bumgarner was also named Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series. Lincecum, the Giants' 2006 selection, won the Cy Young Award—awarded annually to the best pitcher in each league—in 2008 and 2009.San Francisco has made 16 selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have also received 12 compensatory picks since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Giants have failed to sign two of their first-round selections: 1979 pick Rick Luecken; and 1996 pick Matt White. The Giants did not receive any compensation for Luecken, but they did receive the 49th pick in 1997 for failing to sign White.

List of San Francisco Giants no-hitters

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball franchise based in San Francisco, California. They play in the National League West division. Also known in their early years as the "New York Gothams" (1883–84) and "New York Giants" (1885–1957), pitchers for the Giants have thrown 17 no-hitters in franchise history. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings", although one or more batters "may reach base via a walk, an error, a hit by pitch, a passed ball or wild pitch on strike three, or catcher's interference." No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form. A no-hitter is rare enough that one team in Major League Baseball has still never had a pitcher accomplish the feat, and teams may go decades without recording one. A perfect game, a special subcategory of no-hitter, was finally thrown by Matt Cain on June 13, 2012. As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game." Previously, this feat came closest on July 4, 1908 when Hooks Wiltse was hit by a pitch with two outs in the ninth and a scoreless tie. The plate umpire, Cy Rigler, claimed he should have called the previous pitch strike three, that would have ended the inning with a perfection. Wiltse would go on to retire all three in the tenth to end the game after the Giants scored a run in the top of the tenth.

Amos Rusie threw the first no-hitter in Giants history on July 31, 1891; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Chris Heston on June 9, 2015. Five left-handed pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history. The other ten pitchers were right-handers, including the most recent no-hitter author, Heston. Tim Lincecum and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson are the only pitchers to throw more than one no-hitter in a Giants uniform. Ten no-hitters were thrown at home and seven on the road. The Giants threw one in April, two in May, five in June, five in July, one in August, and three in September. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Hubbell and Juan Marichal, encompassing 34 years, 1 month, and 7 days from May 8, 1929 till June 15, 1963. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the two games pitched by Lincecum, a period of 347 days. The Giants have no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres the most, doing so three times each—Wiltse in 1908; Jeff Tesreau in 1912; Jesse Barnes in 1922; Jonathan Sánchez in 2009; and Tim Lincecum in 2013 and 2014. Every Giants no-hitter has been a shutout (which is likely, but not a given, considering baserunners can reach, advance, and score by methods other than hits). The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter was five, which occurred in Lincecum's first no-hitter. Of the 17 no-hitters, four have been won by a score of 1–0, more common than any other result. Those 1–0 no-hitters were attained by Christy Mathewson in 1905, Wiltse in 1908, Juan Marichal in 1963, and Gaylord Perry in 1968. The largest margin of victory in a Giants no-hitter was an 11–0 win by Carl Hubbell in 1929. Matt Cain is tied with Sandy Koufax for the most strikeouts in a perfect no-hitter with 14.The umpire is also an integral part of any no-hitter. The task of the umpire in a baseball game is to make any decision "which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out… [the umpire's judgment on such matters] is final." Part of the duties of the umpire making calls at home plate includes defining the strike zone, which "is defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap." These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter. 16 different umpires presided over each of the franchise's 17 no-hitters.

The manager is another integral part of any no-hitter. The tasks of the manager include determining the starting rotation, the batting order and defensive lineup in every game, and how long a pitcher stays in the game. There have been eight different managers in the franchise's 17 no-hitters.

Luis Atilano

Luis A. Atilano (born May 10, 1985) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball. Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft, Atilano was traded to the Washington Nationals on August 31, 2006, for veteran utilityman Daryle Ward.Atilano spent the beginning of the 2006 season pitching for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the high A-level Carolina League, where he accrued a win-loss record of 6–7 and an ERA of 4.50 in 18 starts and 1 relief appearance. After struggling at the beginning of the season, he went 3–0 with a 2.89 ERA in July. He pitched two complete games for Myrtle Beach during 2006, but an elbow injury suffered in early August ended his season.Atilano was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, by the Nationals, to replace injured Jason Marquis on April 22, 2010. He allowed one run on five hits in a 5–1 Nationals victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 23, 2010, his first major league start and first major league win. He started off the season well, going 5–1 in his first six decisions—which included consecutive victories over Tim Lincecum and Roy Oswalt. But then he fell to 6–7 with a 5.15 ERA, and underwent surgery in July to remove bone chips in his elbow. At the start of Spring Training in February 2011, he was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster.On December 9, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, and he played for their organization through the 2012 season. Atilano lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

McCovey Cove

McCovey Cove is the unofficial name of a section of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field wall of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, named after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey. The proper name for the cove is China Basin, which is the mouth of Mission Creek as it meets the bay. The cove is bounded along the north by Oracle Park, with a ferry landing and a breakwater at the northeast end. The southern shore is lined by China Basin Park and McCovey Point. To the east, it opens up to San Francisco Bay, while the west end of the cove is bounded by the Lefty O'Doul Bridge, named after San Francisco ballplayer and manager Lefty O'Doul.

The Franchise (disambiguation)

The Franchise is a rock band from Washington D.C.

The Franchise can also refer to:

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The Franchise, the moniker for Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Tom Seaver

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The Franchise, the nickname of professional wrestler Shane Douglas

The Franchise (novel)

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The Franchise, one of the nicknames of NBA player Steve Francis

The Franchise, a nickname given to Major League Baseball pitcher Francisco Liriano

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The Franchise, a nickname given to Major League Baseball pitcher Tim Lincecum

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