Urban: Five reasons Tim Lincecum is All-Star worthy


Urban: Five reasons Tim Lincecum is All-Star worthy

July 5, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Good god. Are we really to the point where we have to defend the inclusion of the most dynamic pitcher in baseball on an All-Star team because his record is 6-7?Didn't we take care of that ridiculous reliance on wins and losses as a remotely meaningful metric by which a pitchers' dominance in measured when he won his second Cy Young, in 2009, with all of 15 wins?Or when Felix Hernandez won his first, last season, with a 13-12 record?Uncle.
It's barely worth an argument, so winnable it is. But here you go: Five reasons why Tim Lincecum absolutely belongs in Phoenix next Tuesday night, warmed up and ready to pitch on baseball's second-biggest stage.

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1) It's baseball's second-biggest stage. The World Series is the biggest. Remember what he did on that one?2) Lincecum has set the bar for himself so ridiculously high that a 3.14 ERA doesn't impress some folks, but those folks don't understand how difficult it is to pitch knowing you have to be damn-near perfect every time out to keep your offensively anemic team in the game. It's a grind.RELATED: Tim Lincecum 2011 game logs
3) That Lincecum has posted the numbers he has while dealing with the pressure he's under makes him more than worthy. In addition to the pressure of pitching without a safely net because his team's offense seems to suffer from narcolepsy when he takes the hill, he's the face of the franchise. Hence the nickname "Franchise." He's expected to dominate, and when he doesn't he's seen as a disappointment to an entire region. Thing is, he dominates far more than not.RELATED: NL Leaders: Strikeouts
4) His more oft-cited nickname is "The Freak." He's unique. Most athletes get popped for pot, their Q rating dips. Lincecum's rose. Might just be a California thing, but it speaks to likability. To appeal. To marketability. That kind of stuff is important to MLB big-wigs, don't you think?5) In the past three years, he's won consecutive Cy Young Awards and then a World Series during a "down" year. It wasn't down at all, of course, and he was at his best when the Giants needed him most, beating Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the playoffs. In other words, Tim Lincecum is a "Star" -- capital S -- in every possible way. That anyone would suggest he's not an All-Star is laughable at best.

Raiders sign rookie OT Sharpe, LB Lee, all four seventh-round draft picks

Raiders sign rookie OT Sharpe, LB Lee, all four seventh-round draft picks

The Raiders signed several members of their 2017 draft class, the team announced on Friday. Later round picks put pen to paper following the first week of OTAs, which began on Monday.

Fourth-round offensive tackle David Sharpe and fifth-round linebacker Marquel Lee highlight this group of signings, as both players inked four-year rookie contracts.

All four seventh-round picks also signed their first professional contract. That group includes running back Elijah Hood, safety Shalom Luani, offensive lineman Jylan Ware and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.

These deals aren’t hard to work out. The NFL and the league’s players union agreed on a rookie wage scale in the last collective bargaining agreement that slots salaries by draft order, which leaves little negotiating room within the set payment structure.

The team’s top picks remain unsigned, though they’ll get done in time. First round cornerback Gareon Conley, second-round safety Obi Melifonwu and third-round defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes remain unsigned.

Here’s a list of estimated contract values over a four-year rookie deal for each signed draft pick, per spotrac.com:

OT David Sharpe (No. 129 overall): $2,986,415 total; $586,415 signing bonus
LB Marquel Lee (No. 168 overall): $2,653,693 total; $253,693 signing bonus
S Shalom Luani (No. 221 overall): $2,494,414 total; $94,414 signing bonus
OT Jylan Ware (No. 231 overall): $2,484,295 total; $84,295 signing bonus
RB Elijah Hood (No. 242 overall): $2,469,750 total; $69,750 signing bonus
DT Treyvon Hester (No. 244 overall): $2,468,601 total; $69,750 signing bonus

A's lineup: Vogt back in to catch Manaea against Yankees

A's lineup: Vogt back in to catch Manaea against Yankees

Sean Manaea has been bumped up to start Friday night at Yankees Stadium and his battery mate Stephen Vogt is back in the squat.

Oakland A's (21-25)

1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Mark Canha (R) DH
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Sean Manaea -- LHP

New York Yankees (27-17)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B
9. Austin Romine (R) C
Masahiro Tanaka -- RHP