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Giants fans vote 'Champ' Tim Lincecum as best version of former ace

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Giants fans vote 'Champ' Tim Lincecum as best version of former ace

You the fans have spoken.

We asked you to designate your favorite version of former Giants ace Tim Lincecum, and the social media response was overwhelming.

Lincecum was a part of all three World Series-winning teams in 2010, 2012, and 2014 in San Francisco.

During his first postseason run in 2010, Lincecum put together an impressive stretch of performances, solidifying himself as a franchise icon.

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He kicked off the 2010 MLB Playoffs by throwing a 119-pitch shutout with 14 strikeouts against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1, propping up an offense that only mustered one run of support to give the Giants a leg up in the five-game division series.

He followed that effort up by striking out eight Phillies in a Game 1 road win in Philadelphia, when Cody Ross’ two home runs led the Giants to a 4-3 win.

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Lincecum wrapped up the postseason by earning two World Series wins, including the series clincher in Game 5, striking out 10 Texas Rangers over eight innings as the Giants won their first Fall Classic since the franchise relocated to the west coast in 1958.

Although Lincecum earned plenty of nicknames during his legendary career in San Francisco, “Champ” definitely has a nice ring to it.

Watch Giants playoff hero Cody Ross sink hole-in-one at Pebble Beach

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Watch Giants playoff hero Cody Ross sink hole-in-one at Pebble Beach

Cody Ross is famous for a few particular swings during his tenure with the Giants.

He has since retired, but apparently still has a knack for the memorable moment.

On Wednesday, the former playoff hero was jumping for joy again, but this time, it was due to a different sort of athletic achievement.

Ross, of course, was named the 2010 NLCS MVP and hit five home runs in the 2010 postseason on the way to the first of three Giants' World Series titles in a span of five years.

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Clearly, he can still put a good swing on a ball.

New MLB rules would have prevented Giants from adding NLCS MVP Cody Ross

New MLB rules would have prevented Giants from adding NLCS MVP Cody Ross

SAN FRANCISCO — The general consensus last summer was that the Giants did pretty well before the August 31 deadline to make waiver trades. They swapped a month of Andrew McCutchen for infielder Abiatal Avelino and right-hander Juan De Paula, two top 30 prospects in a deep Yankees system. 

Farhan Zaidi won’t have the opportunity to make that kind of swap.

As part of a bigger deal between MLB and the Players Association to make rule changes, the sides have agreed to have just one trade deadline — July 31 —reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. Passan wrote that the union agreed to that particular change with the hope that eliminating waiver trades “will cause teams to be more aggressive in the offseason knowing that the fallback for August deals is no longer an option.”

Essentially, fringe teams will need to more quickly decide if they’re selling — the Giants did not make that determination until after July 31 last year — and contenders won’t be able to count on August claims to build depth. While the Giants figure to be in sell mode now, their most notable waiver deal in recent years was actually an acquisition.

On Aug. 22, 2010, the Giants, who had a somewhat crowded outfield at the time, were awarded Cody Ross on a waiver claim. They took on the remaining $1 million in his deal in part to keep the Marlins veteran from bolstering the Padres outfield, and that might have won them a title.

Ross was batting .265 with 11 homers at the time (ironically, the move cleared the way for the Marlins to call up prospect Cameron Maybin, now a Giant). After coming to San Francisco, Ross upped his OPS by about 100 points in 33 regular season games and then took off in the postseason. 

Ross had seven hits in 20 at-bats in the NLCS against the Phillies, including three homers, earning the MVP award. He hit two off ace Roy Halladay in Game 1 of that series and took Roy Oswalt deep in Game 2. Ross also had a game-tying homer in Game 4 of the NLDS and went deep in Game 3 of the World Series.

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Overall, Ross batted .294 with five homers that October, winning a ring in his only postseason appearance.

The Giants might not be in that type of position this August. But if they are, they won’t be able to make a similar type of deal.