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Portrait of Mike Timlin

Mike Timlin PBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
23 1058 1204.3 75 73 141 3.63 16.8
Birth Date3-10-1966
Height6' 4"
Weight205 lbs
Age53 years, 7 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1991 TOR MLB 63 3 108.3 11 6 3 94 50 85 6 101 7.8 4.2 0.5 7.1 0% .274 1.33 3.46 3.16 86 3.37 77.9 2.0
1992 TOR MLB 26 0 43.7 0 2 1 45 20 35 0 100 9.3 4.1 0.0 7.2 0% .336 1.49 2.62 4.12 92 3.52 85.3 0.7
1993 TOR MLB 54 0 55.7 4 2 1 63 27 49 7 104 10.2 4.4 1.1 7.9 0% .329 1.62 4.37 4.69 90 4.27 92.2 0.6
1994 TOR MLB 34 0 40.0 0 1 2 41 20 38 5 98 9.2 4.5 1.1 8.6 0% .316 1.53 4.57 5.18 84 3.62 72.9 0.8
1995 TOR MLB 31 0 42.0 4 3 5 38 17 36 1 97 8.1 3.6 0.2 7.7 0% .301 1.31 3.09 2.14 84 3.60 73.7 0.8
1996 TOR MLB 59 0 56.7 1 6 31 47 18 52 4 98 7.5 2.9 0.6 8.3 0% .279 1.15 3.38 3.65 83 3.62 71.4 1.2
1997 SEA 0 26 0 25.7 3 2 1 28 5 9 2 104 9.8 1.8 0.7 3.2 0% .286 1.29 4.04 3.86 91 4.26 88.6 0.3
1997 TOR 0 38 0 47.0 3 2 9 41 15 36 6 94 7.9 2.9 1.1 6.9 0% .265 1.19 4.29 2.87 89 3.84 80.0 0.8
1998 SEA MLB 70 0 79.3 3 3 19 78 16 60 5 100 8.8 1.8 0.6 6.8 0% .308 1.18 3.24 2.95 84 3.74 77.4 1.4
1999 BAL MLB 62 0 63.0 3 9 27 51 23 50 9 97 7.3 3.3 1.3 7.1 0% .241 1.17 4.79 3.57 83 3.71 72.1 1.3
2000 BAL 0 37 0 35.0 2 3 11 37 15 26 6 84 9.5 3.9 1.5 6.7 0% .287 1.49 5.42 4.89 104 5.52 106.1 0.1
2000 SLN 0 25 0 29.7 3 1 1 30 20 26 2 112 9.1 6.1 0.6 7.9 0% .318 1.69 4.40 3.34 93 4.23 81.3 0.5
2001 SLN MLB 67 0 72.7 4 5 3 78 19 47 6 102 9.7 2.4 0.7 5.8 0% .310 1.33 3.69 4.09 89 4.31 89.4 0.9
2002 PHI 0 30 0 35.7 3 3 0 27 7 15 6 94 6.8 1.8 1.5 3.8 0% .189 0.95 4.89 3.79 96 4.04 86.7 0.5
2002 SLN 0 42 1 61.0 1 3 0 48 7 35 9 99 7.1 1.0 1.3 5.2 0% .215 0.90 4.18 2.51 93 3.45 74.0 1.3
2003 BOS MLB 72 0 83.7 6 4 2 77 9 65 11 105 8.3 1.0 1.2 7.0 0% .263 1.03 3.71 3.55 84 3.54 74.1 1.7
2004 BOS MLB 76 0 76.3 5 4 1 75 19 56 8 110 8.8 2.2 0.9 6.6 0% .289 1.23 3.99 4.13 91 4.28 88.4 1.1
2005 BOS MLB 81 0 80.3 7 3 13 86 20 59 2 107 9.6 2.2 0.2 6.6 0% .324 1.32 2.72 2.24 89 3.75 80.7 1.6
2006 BOS MLB 68 0 64.0 6 6 9 78 16 30 7 106 11.0 2.3 1.0 4.2 0% .317 1.47 4.51 4.36 115 7.08 144.3 -0.9
2007 BOS MLB 50 0 55.3 2 1 1 46 14 31 7 102 7.5 2.3 1.1 5.0 0% .234 1.08 4.75 3.42 107 5.25 108.6 0.2
2008 BOS MLB 47 0 49.3 4 4 1 60 20 32 9 108 10.9 3.6 1.6 5.8 0% .309 1.62 5.50 5.66 102 5.04 107.6 0.2
1997 TOT MLB 64 0 72.7 6 4 10 69 20 45 8 98 8.5 2.5 1.0 5.6 0% .000 1.22 4.20 3.22 90 3.99 83.0 1.0
2000 TOT MLB 62 0 64.7 5 4 12 67 35 52 8 97 9.3 4.9 1.1 7.2 0% .000 1.58 4.95 4.18 99 4.92 94.7 0.6
2002 TOT MLB 72 1 96.7 4 6 0 75 14 50 15 97 7.0 1.3 1.4 4.7 0% .000 0.92 4.44 2.98 94 3.67 78.7 1.8
CareerMLB105841204.3757314111683778721181028.72.80.96.555%.2861.283.963.63914.1486.616.8

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1987 MED Rk PIO 13 12 75.3 4 8 0 79 26 66 4 9.4 3.1 0.5 7.9 0% .000 1.39 4.25 5.14 0 0.00 0.0
1988 MYR A SAL 35 22 151.0 10 6 0 119 77 106 4 7.1 4.6 0.2 6.3 0% .000 1.30 3.39 2.86 0 0.00 0.0
1989 DUN A+ FSL 33 7 88.7 5 8 7 90 36 64 2 9.1 3.7 0.2 6.5 0% .000 1.42 2.93 3.25 0 0.00 0.0
1990 DUN A+ FSL 42 0 50.3 7 2 22 36 16 46 0 6.4 2.9 0.0 8.2 0% .000 1.03 2.31 1.43 0 0.00 0.0
1990 KNX AA SOU 17 0 26.0 1 2 8 20 7 21 0 6.9 2.4 0.0 7.3 0% .000 1.04 2.12 1.73 0 0.00 0.0
1991 TOR MLB AL 63 3 108.3 11 6 3 94 50 85 6 101 7.8 4.2 0.5 7.1 0% .274 1.33 3.46 3.16 86 3.37 77.9
1992 TOR MLB AL 26 0 43.7 0 2 1 45 20 35 0 100 9.3 4.1 0.0 7.2 0% .336 1.49 2.62 4.12 92 3.52 85.3
1992 DUN A+ FSL 6 1 10.0 0 0 1 9 2 7 0 8.1 1.8 0.0 6.3 0% .000 1.10 2.14 0.90 0 0.00 0.0
1992 SYR AAA INT 7 1 11.3 0 1 3 15 5 7 3 11.9 4.0 2.4 5.6 0% .000 1.77 6.62 8.76 0 0.00 0.0
1993 TOR MLB AL 54 0 55.7 4 2 1 63 27 49 7 104 10.2 4.4 1.1 7.9 0% .329 1.62 4.37 4.69 90 4.27 92.2
1993 DUN A+ FSL 4 0 9.0 0 0 1 4 0 8 0 4.0 0.0 0.0 8.0 0% .000 0.44 1.40 1.00 0 0.00 0.0
1994 TOR MLB AL 34 0 40.0 0 1 2 41 20 38 5 98 9.2 4.5 1.1 8.6 0% .316 1.53 4.57 5.18 84 3.62 72.9
1995 TOR MLB AL 31 0 42.0 4 3 5 38 17 36 1 97 8.1 3.6 0.2 7.7 0% .301 1.31 3.09 2.14 84 3.60 73.7
1995 SYR AAA INT 8 0 17.3 1 1 0 13 4 13 2 6.8 2.1 1.0 6.8 0% .000 0.98 3.88 1.04 0 0.00 0.0
1996 TOR MLB AL 59 0 56.7 1 6 31 47 18 52 4 98 7.5 2.9 0.6 8.3 0% .279 1.15 3.38 3.65 83 3.62 71.4
1997 SEA MLB AL 26 0 25.7 3 2 1 28 5 9 2 104 9.8 1.8 0.7 3.2 0% .286 1.29 4.04 3.86 91 4.26 88.6
1997 TOR MLB AL 38 0 47.0 3 2 9 41 15 36 6 94 7.9 2.9 1.1 6.9 0% .265 1.19 4.29 2.87 89 3.84 80.0
1998 SEA MLB AL 70 0 79.3 3 3 19 78 16 60 5 100 8.8 1.8 0.6 6.8 0% .308 1.18 3.24 2.95 84 3.74 77.4
1999 BAL MLB AL 62 0 63.0 3 9 27 51 23 50 9 97 7.3 3.3 1.3 7.1 0% .241 1.17 4.79 3.57 83 3.71 72.1
2000 BAL MLB AL 37 0 35.0 2 3 11 37 15 26 6 84 9.5 3.9 1.5 6.7 0% .287 1.49 5.42 4.89 104 5.52 106.1
2000 SLN MLB NL 25 0 29.7 3 1 1 30 20 26 2 112 9.1 6.1 0.6 7.9 0% .318 1.69 4.40 3.34 93 4.23 81.3
2001 SLN MLB NL 67 0 72.7 4 5 3 78 19 47 6 102 9.7 2.4 0.7 5.8 0% .310 1.33 3.69 4.09 89 4.31 89.4
2002 PHI MLB NL 30 0 35.7 3 3 0 27 7 15 6 94 6.8 1.8 1.5 3.8 0% .189 0.95 4.89 3.79 96 4.04 86.7
2002 SLN MLB NL 42 1 61.0 1 3 0 48 7 35 9 99 7.1 1.0 1.3 5.2 0% .215 0.90 4.18 2.51 93 3.45 74.0
2003 BOS MLB AL 72 0 83.7 6 4 2 77 9 65 11 105 8.3 1.0 1.2 7.0 0% .263 1.03 3.71 3.55 84 3.54 74.1
2004 BOS MLB AL 76 0 76.3 5 4 1 75 19 56 8 110 8.8 2.2 0.9 6.6 0% .289 1.23 3.99 4.13 91 4.28 88.4
2005 BOS MLB AL 81 0 80.3 7 3 13 86 20 59 2 107 9.6 2.2 0.2 6.6 0% .324 1.32 2.72 2.24 89 3.75 80.7
2006 BOS MLB AL 68 0 64.0 6 6 9 78 16 30 7 106 11.0 2.3 1.0 4.2 0% .317 1.47 4.51 4.36 115 7.08 144.3
2006 USA wor WBC 3 0 2.2 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 12.3 4.1 0.0 8.2 0% .375 1.82 3.30 4.09 0 0.00 0.0
2007 BOS MLB AL 50 0 55.3 2 1 1 46 14 31 7 102 7.5 2.3 1.1 5.0 0% .234 1.08 4.75 3.42 107 5.25 108.6
2007 PAW AAA INT 8 2 8.7 0 0 0 9 3 3 0 83 9.3 3.1 0.0 3.1 0% .290 1.38 3.51 4.14 106 5.01 102.7
2008 BOS MLB AL 47 0 49.3 4 4 1 60 20 32 9 108 10.9 3.6 1.6 5.8 0% .309 1.62 5.50 5.66 102 5.04 107.6
2008 PAW AAA INT 5 1 5.0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 89 3.6 0.0 0.0 7.2 0% .154 0.40 1.71 0.00 76 2.59 53.0
2009 CSP AAA PCL 4 0 4.7 0 0 0 7 2 6 1 121 13.4 3.8 1.9 11.5 0% .400 1.91 4.94 3.83 86 3.84 80.8
2009 CAS Rk PIO 2 1 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 99 4.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .167 0.50 3.92 0.00 106 2.94 61.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 791 0.5057 0.4956 0.8010 0.6575 0.3299 0.8479 0.7054 0.1990
Career7910.50570.49560.80100.65750.32990.84790.70540.1990

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-06-17 2008-07-03 15-DL 16 14 Left Knee Inflammation - -
2008-03-20 2008-04-11 15-DL 22 10 Right Fingers Laceration Ring Finger - -
2007-05-03 2007-06-09 15-DL 37 34 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2007-03-23 2007-04-10 15-DL 18 6 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2006-05-27 2006-06-13 15-DL 17 15 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2001-07-26 2001-08-17 15-DL 22 21 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2001-07-27 -
2000-04-03 2000-04-20 15-DL 17 13 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
1995-06-22 1995-08-18 15-DL 57 54 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 1995-06-27 -
1994-05-25 1994-06-09 15-DL 15 12 Right Shoulder Sprain AC Joint - -
1992-04-06 1992-06-12 15-DL 67 60 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery - -
1991-08-02 1991-08-18 15-DL 16 15 Right Elbow Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 BOS $3,000,000
2007 BOS $2,800,000
2006 BOS $3,500,000
2005 BOS $2,750,000
2004 BOS $2,500,000
2003 BOS $1,850,000
2002 SLN, PHI $5,250,000
2001 SLN $4,250,000
2000 BAL, SLN $4,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$30,150,000
9 yrTotal$30,150,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
18 yLevinsons (fired David Sloane 10/05)

Details
  • released by COL 8/09 signed as a free agent from BOS 7/29/09 (minor-league contract)
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/7/07, 1 year/$3M (08)
  • re-signed 10/06, 1 year/$2.8M (07), $0.125M each 39,50,60,70 g, $75K each 25,30 games finished, $0.1M each 35,40,45 games finished, $0.25M each 50,55 games finished
  • awards:$50K each All-Star,Gold Glove,LCSMVP, $0.1M WSMVP, $0.1M MVP ($50K 2nd, $25K 3rd), $0.15M CY ($0.1M 2nd, $75K 3rd), $0.15M Rolaids ($0.1M 2nd, $75K 3rd, $50K 4th-5th)
  • $0.15M assignment bonus (each time)
  • re-signed 11/05, 1 year/$3.5M (06), incl $0.75M deferred @ 0% interest)
  • 05 option guaranteed with 50 games in 04 & isn`t on DL at end of 04
  • re-signed as a free agent 11/03, 1 year/$2.5M (04)+$2.75M 05 club option ($0.25M buyout)
  • bonuses for games finished
  • signed as a free agent from PHI 12/02 1 year/$0.85M (03)+0.9M bonuses
  • acquired in trade from STL 7/02 4 year/$16M (98-02)

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Finally relied on for the low-leverage situations he should have been reserved for the last few years, Mike Timlin was nevertheless terrible when he wasn't spending time on the DL for various minor injuries. The sink on his fastball has not been as pronounced since 2006, which in turn has dropped his ground-ball rates; without the grounders, Timlin's utility is non-existent.
2008 It was Timlin's strained oblique in spring training that forced Papelbon, then slated to start, back into the bullpen, a move which arguably led to the Red Sox' championship. Timlin also had shoulder problems in the early going, but after a trip to the DL in May, he posted a 2.89 ERA and 2.25 K/BB in 46 2/3 innings. Back with the Sox for another go-round, he remains a useful third right-hander even at his advanced age.
2007 With a cheekful of chaw and the disdainful sneer of a well-traveled relief pitcher, the straight-from-central-casting Timlin averaged 76 appearances and 80 innings of 3.88 ERA ball from 2003 to 2005, while striking out 6.7 per nine innings. That ended in 2006. His effectiveness took a sharp downturn after a late-May shoulder strain; Timlin posted a 1.40 ERA and 5.6 K/9 before, but a 5.64 ERA and 3.6 K/9 afterwards. For a 41-year-old, that isn`t a sign of good things to come. Still, the Sox inked him to a $2.8-million deal with incentives that could escalate it to $3.3 million with 70 appearances.
2006 There was a lot of hand-wringing in Boston when the team had to turn to Timlin to close games, since he supposedly did not have the "closer`s mentality." Predictably, he pitched as well in the 9th inning as he previously had pitched in the 8th. Timlin has never been a great pitcher, but he has been one of the more dependable hurlers in the game for 14 years. Had he been used differently he might have saved 300 or more games, which would have landed him on a few All-Star teams without making him any more valuable than he already is. His 893 games are 17th on the all-time list, and he`s going to pass several more pitchers this year.
2005 One of the few relievers not voted off the island in 2003, Timlin managed to follow up that solid campaign with a good 2004 season as one of the three decent pitchers in the Boston pen. At 39, he's pitching as well as he has in his career, but obviously his age dramatically increases the risk of collapse at any time. His performance last year kicked in his option for 2005, where the Sox hope he'll again combine with Foulke and Embree to pick up the bulk of the relief innings, after which they'll wish him happy trails.
2004 Amidst the carnage that was the 2003 Red Sox bullpen, Timlin was a bright spot, hurling 83 good innings and pitching consistently well the whole season. And, of course, he was dominant in October. The Red Sox inked him to a new one-year deal with a 2005 option that will kick in if he stays healthy and effective. Timlin will play a big role in the '04 pen.
2003 The most inexplicable part of the Scott Rolen trade, Timlin had one of his periodic solid seasons. Even so, he wasn’t worth what he was paid and he was never likely to re-sign with the team. Ed Wade’s fetish with veteran relievers badly burned the team here; even with a farm system as thin as the Cardinals, the Phillies would have been better off trying to get another young player instead of Timlin. The Red Sox signed him to a one-year deal, hoping Timlin can duplicate his 2002 success.
2002 Timlin has good stuff, knows how to use it, and will likely be in a role in 2002 similar to the one he's filled for years. One thing that's worrisome is his strikeout rate, which took a pretty notable drop. He gave up nearly a third of his runs for the entire season in a one-week stretch against the Cubs and Padres at the end of August.
2001 He's a solid reliever who was miscast in the role of closer. Mike Timlin has respectable stuff but suffers from a somewhat straight fastball and has been raked over the coals by fans who seem to think he always gives up the big hit at the wrong time. There's no reason he won't continue to be productive as a setup man. He's under contract for two more years. I'd make him a setup guy and leave him there.
2000 Timlin was a big part of the Orioles' disappointing season, as he took until the All-Star break to find a decent pitching rhythm. He claims the problems started when at times he was asked to pitch in the eighth inning. After the break, he never pitched more than one inning, converted 18 of 19 save opportunities and had a 1.40 ERA. Perhaps the Orioles should listen to what he says.
1999 Had a great second half, which he parlayed into a new deal with Baltimore for four years. Rob Neyer pointed out to me this summer that Timlin falls apart with men on, which is not a desirable trait in an expensive "closer."
1998 Woodward and Piniella were hungry for a reliable, effective reliever last year, and Timlin wasn’t a bad acquisition. He’ll continue to be effective in whatever bullpen role he spends time in. Fastball looks as good as ever. The problem is that he’ll eventually want closer money.
1997 The ultimate ersatz closer, or proof that the job doesn’t take the “heart of a lion” or whatever bilge you’ll hear about makeup. Jeff Reardon had makeup. He could lather it on from the compact he kept in his hip pocket instead of an emery board. It still didn’t matter, because when push came to shove, he’s paid to pitch, not be Tammy Faye Bakker. Timlin isn’t that bad, but he’s being generously rewarded for mediocrity and a rare bout of extended health.
1996  Look under the Blue Jays dictionary for "enigma" and you'll see Mike Timlin's face. After a solid rookie year in 1991 where he demonstrated power stuff, he got hurt and has struggled to regain the form. The great thing about Timlin is that he's still striking out people by the bushel and gives a glimmer of hope that he's turned the corner. After 1994 and 1995 you'd think he'd be primed to close out games for the Jays, but he seems to blow every opportunity when the game is on the line. This is just subjective of course, but it seems like every time Mike Timlin looks like he's gonna do it, he breaks your heart. Give the closer job to Risley and see if Timlin can set him up. He's tough on right handers (.175 OBA allowed last year).

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