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Full Name: Michael August Timlin Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/205 First Game: April 8, 1991
Birthdate: March 10, 1966 MLB Experience: 16 years
Birthplace: Midland, Texas
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on March 10, 1966 in Midland, Texas, Mike Timlin (Michael August Timlin) played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 16 year career. Timlin broke into the bigs on April 8, 1991 with the Toronto Blue Jays, and put up a 3.16 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched in 1991, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Mike Timlin's best season was 2005, when he posted a 2.24 ERA, notched 13 saves and struck out 59 batters.

Timlin came to the Red Sox before the 2003 season and has been their only consistent reliever since then. In 2005, when Keith Foulke went down, Alan Embree blew up, and no one else stepped up until Jonathan Papelbon came along, Timlin was the man who stepped up and helped to keep the Red Sox together. Timlin stepped into the closer's role and performed well, ending up with 13 saves, his most since 1999.

He's been around for a while and probably still has a couple more seasons in him. He has a 3.50 ERA in 1035.2 career innings and his 893 career games is 17th all time. As Baseball Prospectus said, if Timlin had been made a closer early in his career, he would've performed well, and would be a household name right now. Timlin will have to settle for a damn fine career and devoted fans in several major league cities.

Scouting Report

Timlin has proven to be one of the most durable relievers in the game, appearing in at least 59 games in every season since 1996. He throws as hard today as he did back then with a 92-95 mph sinking fastball. He also throws a slider. He keeps the ball down in the zone and gets a lot of ground balls. He has always had good control and doesn't walk a lot of batters. And, for the most part, he keeps the ball in the park.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1991 TOR A 63 3 11 6 3.16 85 43 38 0 0 3 108.1 94 6 50 11 5 1
1992 TOR A 26 0 0 2 4.12 35 23 20 0 0 1 43.2 45 0 20 5 0 1
1993 TOR A 54 0 4 2 4.69 49 32 29 0 0 1 55.2 63 7 27 3 1 1
1994 TOR A 34 0 0 1 5.18 38 25 23 0 0 2 40 41 5 20 0 3 2
1995 TOR A 31 0 4 3 2.14 36 13 10 0 0 5 42 38 1 17 5 3 2
1996 TOR A 59 0 1 6 3.65 52 25 23 0 0 31 56.2 47 4 18 4 3 2
1997 TOR A 38 0 3 2 2.87 36 17 15 0 0 9 47 41 6 15 4 1 1
1997 SEA A 26 0 3 2 3.86 9 13 11 0 0 1 25.2 28 2 5 1 0 0
1997 TOT A 64 0 6 4 3.22 45 30 26 0 0 10 72.2 69 8 20 5 1 1
1998 SEA A 70 0 3 3 2.95 60 26 26 0 0 19 79.1 78 5 16 2 0 3
1999 BAL A 62 0 3 9 3.57 50 30 25 0 0 27 63 51 9 23 3 1 5
2000 STL N 25 0 3 1 3.34 26 11 11 0 0 1 29.2 30 2 20 3 0 2
2000 BAL A 37 0 2 3 4.89 26 22 19 0 0 11 35 37 6 15 3 0 2
2000 Total 62 0 5 4 4.18 52 33 30 0 0 12 64.2 67 8 35 6 0 4
2001 STL N 67 0 4 5 4.09 47 35 33 0 0 3 72.2 78 6 19 4 3 3
2002 STL N 42 1 1 3 2.51 35 19 17 0 0 0 61 48 9 7 2 1 4
2002 PHI N 30 0 3 3 3.79 15 16 15 0 0 0 35.2 27 6 7 0 2 1
2002 TOT N 72 1 4 6 2.98 50 35 32 0 0 0 96.2 75 15 14 2 3 5
2003 BOS A 72 0 6 4 3.55 65 37 33 0 0 2 83.2 77 11 9 3 0 4
2004 BOS A 76 0 5 4 4.13 56 35 35 0 0 1 76.1 75 8 19 3 1 5
2005 BOS A 81 0 7 3 2.24 59 23 20 0 0 13 80.1 86 2 20 5 3 2
2006 BOS A 68 0 6 6 4.36 30 33 31 0 0 9 64 78 7 16 4 3 2
2007 BOS A 50 0 2 1 3.42 31 23 21 0 0 1 55.1 46 7 14 3 0 3
Total NL 164 1 11 12 3.44 123 81 76 0 0 4 199 183 23 53 9 6 10
Total AL 847 3 60 57 3.57 717 420 379 0 0 136 956 925 86 304 59 24 36
Total 1011 4 71 69 3.55 840 501 455 0 0 140 1155 1108 109 357 68 30 46

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1991 TOR A P 63 3 108.1 9 17 2 0 0 2 11 5 0 .929
1992 TOR A P 26 0 43.2 2 5 0 1 0 1 4 3 0 1.000
1993 TOR A P 54 0 55.2 7 10 1 1 0 0 9 0 0 .944
1994 TOR A P 34 0 40 4 5 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1.000
1995 TOR A P 31 0 42 1 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1.000
1996 TOR A P 59 0 56.2 4 6 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1.000
1997 TOR A P 38 0 47 5 8 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 1.000
1997 SEA A P 26 0 25.2 3 5 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .889
1997 TOT A P 64 0 72.2 8 13 1 2 0 1 3 2 0 .955
1998 SEA A P 70 0 79.1 10 13 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.000
1999 BAL A P 62 0 63 5 8 3 1 0 1 3 1 0 .813
2000 STL N P 25 0 29.2 1 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1.000
2000 BAL A P 37 0 35 1 10 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1.000
2000 Total P 62 0 64.2 2 15 0 1 0 1 6 1 1 1.000
2001 STL N P 67 0 72.2 6 14 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 .952
2002 STL N P 42 1 61 7 11 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .947
2002 PHI N P 30 0 35.2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1.000
2002 TOT N P 72 1 96.2 9 15 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 .960
2003 BOS A P 72 0 83.2 8 15 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 .920
2004 BOS A P 76 0 76.1 9 6 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.000
2005 BOS A P 81 0 80.1 6 12 1 0 0 0 6 1 1 .947
2006 BOS A P 68 0 64 6 7 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 1.000
2007 BOS A P 50 0 55.1 4 9 2 1 0 0 3 2 0 .867
Total P 1011 4 1155 100 179 14 14 0 12 63 23 2 .952

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1991 TOR A 63 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 TOR A 26 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 TOR A 54 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 TOR A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 TOR A 31 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 TOR A 59 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 TOR A 38 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 SEA A 26 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 TOT A 64 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 SEA A 70 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 BAL A 62 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 STL N 25 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 BAL A 37 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 Total 62 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 STL N 68 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 STL N 42 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
2002 PHI N 30 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 TOT N 72 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
2003 BOS A 72 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 BOS A 76 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 BOS A 81 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 BOS A 68 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 BOS A 50 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 165 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Total AL 847 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1012 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0

Transactions

  • Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the free-agent draft (June 2, 1987 - signed June 6, 1987).
  • Traded by Toronto Blue Jays with Paul Spoljaric to Seattle Mariners in exchange for Jose Cruz (July 31, 1997).
  • Granted free agency (October 22, 1998).
  • Signed by Baltimore Orioles (November 16, 1998).
  • Traded by Baltimore Orioles with cash to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Chris Richard and Mark Nussbeck (July 29, 2000).
  • Traded by St. Louis Cardinals with Placido Polanco and Bud Smith to Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Scott Rolen, Doug Nickle and cash (July 29, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2002).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (January 6, 2003).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2003).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (November 17, 2003).

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