Tim Lincecum is a San Francisco Giants legend.
That’s a fact and there is no way to build a case against it.
The man, over the first half of his career, was downright dominant.
MLB fan @mlbelites_ offered us all a reminder of how great “The Freak” was.
“This tweet is to remind you how great Tim Lincecum was: 10 year MLB career, 110-89, 3.74 ERA, 1,736 Ks, 4X All Star, 3X World Series Champion, 2X NL Cy Young, 3X NL Strikeout Leader, Pitched two no-hitters,” they tweeted.
This tweet is to remind you how great Tim Lincecum was
10 year MLB career
4X All Star
3X World Series Champion
2X NL Cy Young
3X NL Strikeout Leader
Pitched two no-hitters pic.twitter.com/u7SjvzJNhz
— Baseball (@mlbelites_) January 28, 2023
From 2008 to 2011, he had three sub-3.00s ERA seasons and one 3.43 finish, with a boatload of strikeouts.
For a guy with such a small frame, he had some “big boy” stuff.
Lincecum is one of just three pitchers in MLB history to win multiple World Series, multiple Cy Youngs, throw multiple no-hitters, and earn multiple All-Star selections.
Justin Verlander and Sandy Koufax are the others.
The man was a beast for years during regular season play, but was also a certified playoff weapon.
He was a major player in the 2010 World Series and also contributed in the 2012 and 2014 success.
Overall, he has a 2.40 postseason ERA and a 2.25 World Series ERA, in 20 innings, with 23 strikeouts.
He will go down as a man with a furious peak but a sudden decline in performance from 2012 on, even if both no-hitters came after that point.
Too bad he couldn’t quite carry his early-career heroics into the second half of his MLB tenure.
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