Monday, February 15, 2010
Fil-Am Tim Lincecum 2nd to Pacquiao in earnings
Filipino-American ace pitcher Tim Lincecum, 25, has signed with the San Francisco Giants in a two-year, $23 million deal.
Lincecum becomes the second highest paid Filipino / Filipino-American athlete next to boxing's pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao who earned close to $40 million (or PHP 1.84 billion) in 2009.
Lincecum is Major League Baseball's (MLB) most promising young pitcher whose career is off to a record-breaking start.
He has won the National League (NL) Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the NL in two of his first three seasons.
He is the fastest pitcher in baseball history to garner his first two CY Young awards beating out all-time greats Roger Clemens and Bret Saberhagen.
Lincecum is nicknamed "The Franchise" and "The Freak" and possesses a 5'11", 172 lbs frame. He can throw a fastball in the mid-90s miles per hour (mph) that can sometimes reach 98-99 mph.
Linncecum will earn $8 million in 2010 and $13 million in 2011. He also earns a $1 million signing bonus in each year.
Lincecum's earnings from the Giants does not include any advertising and sponsorship compensation received from companies for product or service endorsements.
At 25, he is already a two-time All-Star, owns a 40-17 record, and a 2.90 ERA. He has 676 strikeouts in three big league seasons. He led the league in 2009 with 261 strikeouts and tied for the NL lead with four complete games and two shutouts.
2009 NL Cy Young Award winner
Sporting News' NL Pitcher of the Year (2009)
2009 NL All-Star Starting Pitcher
2008 Major League Baseball Starter of the Year
2008 NL Cy Young Award winner
Led Major League Baseball with 265 strikeouts (2008)
Sporting News' NL Pitcher of the Year (2008)
Player's Choice Award for NL's outstanding pitcher (2008)
Major League Baseball 2K9 and Major League Baseball 2K9 Fantasy
All-Stars cover athlete
2006 Golden Spikes Award
2003 Gatorade Washington State Baseball Player of the Year
Author: Marv Dumon