||JockBio Vital Stats
||• Atlanta Braves
||• Height: 6' 1"
|• Weight: 170
||• Born: 7/14/75
- Tim’s 15
wins in 1997 tied him for the NCAA lead. He also was 9th among the nation’s
hitters in RBIs that season.
- When Tim first
came up, teammate Jason Giambi called him “Mini-Pedro,”
because he could make the ball do as many things as Martinez.
- The only A’s
to reach 50 wins in fewer starts than Tim’s 90 were Hall of Famers
Rube Waddell (79) and Eddie Plank (89).
- Tim finished fifth
in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 1999. He was named AL Rookie
Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News.
- Only one other
pitcher in history, Mike Thurman, accomplished what Tim did in 1999,
defeating both eventual Cy Young Award winners (Randy Johnson and Pedro
Martinez) in the same year. Like Tim, Thurman also turned the trick
- Tim led the majors
in winning percentage in 2000, and finished runner up to Pedro Martinez
in the AL Cy Young voting.
- In 2000, Tim became
the seventh Oakland A’s pitcher to win 20 games. The first was
Vida Blue in 1971.
- Tim twirled a perfect
inning during his All-Star debut in 2000, retiring Jose Vidro, Edgardo
Alfonzo and Todd Helton in order. He waited until 2004 to make his second
appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic.
- Tim established
himself as a player who should not be trifled with in 2000, when he
faced down challenges from All-Stars Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Lawton
in front of tens of thousands of fans. He also went right at Barry Bonds—but
like most young hurlers he paid the price. After brushing him back in
a June game that season, Tim watched the slugger deposit the next pitch
into the rightfield bleachers.
- Tim beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005 for his 100th career victory. He was just the sixth pitcher since 1970 to win 100 times in 202 games or less. The others were Tom Seaver, Andy Pettitte, Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens and Mike Mussina.
- In 2005, Tim set a record for the most double-digit winning seasons without double-digit losses (7).
- Tim hit the first triple of his career in 2005.
- Tim hurled his second one-hitter in 2006 against the Colorado Rockies. Opposing pitcher Jason Jennings got the only hit.
- Tim’s 10 homers allowed in 224 innings in 2007 was the second-best mark in the majors.
- Tim fanned Tom Glavine for his 1,000th career strikeout.
- Tim says Jim Thome is the toughest batter he's faced.
- Tim won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2006 and 2007.
- Tim got married
right after the 1999 season. His wife, Kimberley, is an attorney. They
have twos daughter, Kennedie Rose, who was born in the summer of 2001,
and Tess, who was born at the end of 2004.
- Tim is one of the most active Braves in the Atlanta community. The last two Christmas's he has hosted a Toys-R-Us shopping spree for kids through the Make A Wish Foundation.
Eddie Plank, 1904
Vida Blue, 2003
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