Fil-Am pitcher makes history with SF Giants

Filipino-American Tim Lincecum became the highest-paid pitcher in his first year of eligibility in Major League Baseball (MLB) after signing a $23 million two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants.

According to a report by, the 25-year-old Lincecum will earn $8 million this season, aside from getting a $1 million signing bonus. He will also earn $13 million plus another $1 million bonus the following year.

Lincecum, known in the baseball scene as “The Freak”, effectively avoided arbitration by signing the deal.

The 2-time Cy Young awardee had sought $13 million this season through the arbitration process, and the Giants countered with $8 million.

“It’s a win-win for both sides,” Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told “Whenever there’s a settlement, it’s in the interest of both parties.”

Lincecum topped the record set by Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon who signed for $6.25 million last year.

Other revenues

Other potential revenues the Fil-Am can earn include:

$200,000 for pitching 225 innings;

$500,000 for each Cy Young Award, $250,000 for second, $100,000 for third, $75,000 for fourth, $50,000 for fifth;

$100,000 each time he makes All-Star;

$100,000 for National League MVP;

$75,000 for World Series MVP;

$50,000 for National League Championship Series MVP.

Lincecum is nicknamed as “The Franchise” or “The Freak” for his long stride, unorthodox mechanics, and ability to generate a high-velocity baseball pitch despite his build of 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds.

His pitching repertoire includes a 2-seam fastball that reaches well into the mid-90 mile per hour range, a splitter, a curveball, and a slider.

Unknown to many, he has Filipino blood running in his veins. (…)

Lincecum’s mother is a full-blooded Filipina, and his father is an American.

He once shared the AT&T Park baseball stadium with 7-time world champion Manny Pacquiao in 2009 when the boxer was promoting his fight against Briton Ricky Hatton.

Pacquiao made the ceremonial pitch while Lincecum acted as the catcher to the delight of baseball fans. – via

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