Timothy Leroy Lincecum (/ˈlɪnsɨkʌm/ LIN-sə-kʌm; born June 15, 1984), nicknamed "The Freak", is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB).
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 a MLB Draft, when the San Francisco Giants selected him tenth overall.
Leading the National League in strikeouts for three consecutive years in a span from 2008 to 2010, Lincecum won back-to-back Cy Young Award's in 2008 and 2009, and has appeared in four All-Star Games, from 2008 through 2011. He was a member of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series winning teams, winning the Babe Ruth Award in 2010 as the most valuable player of the MLB postseason. Lincecum has also led the National League in shutouts in 2009. Nicknamed "The Freak" for his ability to generate powerful pitches from his slight physique, Lincecum is one of only two pitchers in Major League history with at least three World Series rings, two Cy Young Awards, and two no-hitters, the other being Sandy Koufax.
In 2013, Lincecum pitched the first Petco Park no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He accomplished the feat the following year, also against the Padres. In doing so, he became the first pitcher in Major League history to no-hit the same team and franchise in back-to-back seasons.
By Dean Hanley
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