Kevin Frandsen

Ex-Giant Tim Lincecum once showed off Cy Young Awards to win arbitration case

Ex-Giant Tim Lincecum once showed off Cy Young Awards to win arbitration case

Friday held MLB's deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures. It's that time of the offseason when players and clubs negotiate over salaries.

Some settle, some don't. 

If the parties don't come to an agreement, there's a hearing where a panel of arbitrators listens to both sides of the case and decides the winner.

Oh, to be a fly on that wall ... 

This was how two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum's situation with the Giants once went:

"Walked into the courtroom with both Cy Young Awards. They never even started talking -- it was signed, sealed and delivered right there. I think it was a two-year deal, right there."

Former Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen told a pretty awesome story on MLB Network Radio about Timmy's time before he was scheduled to hit arbitration.

It worked, obviously.  

If it's around the time we're thinking of, he signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Giants in 2010.

"You talk about just a pimp move," Frandsen added.

In a case such as this, you couldn't argue Timmy was worth the money. Literally, you couldn't argue, because it appeared nobody said anything when he walked in with that hardware.

On top of two NL Cy Young Awards, Lincecum earned three World Series rings as a member of the Giants, tossed two no-hitters and was the NL strikeouts leader from 2008 to 2010. He last pitched for the Giants in 2015, but after spending nine seasons with the team, he became one of the most beloved members among all-time Bay Area athletes. 

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We recently caught a rare glimpse of Lincecum when he arrived for former Giants manager Bruce Bochy's final game in September, when he admitted he hasn't formally retired from baseball.

If Lincecum says goodbye to baseball forever, we at least have this gem of a story to add to the many.  

Ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen describes time Bruce Bochy bashed TV with bat

Ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen describes time Bruce Bochy bashed TV with bat

Not all of us remember what it was like to watch Bruce Bochy hitting as an MLB player. His days wielding a baseball bat ended in 1987.

Or did they ... ?

The former Giants manager once lost his cool and took it out on a clubhouse TV, as former Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen explained.

“My locker was right there, right when you walked into the clubhouse, straight on,” Frandsen said in an interview with KNBR. “Bochy walks in … he’s not graceful when he walks, he just kind of lumbers in there and he was pissed. And we knew he was pissed. We were playing bad."

Frandsen spent five total seasons across his nine-year career with the Giants, including 2007-2009 with Bochy at the helm. Frandsen admitted he had "screwed up" a couple of games before, but this tirade didn't appear to be related to that, making him wonder why Bochy was as mad as he was.

"I’m like ‘Man, I’m good, what’s he all pissed about’ -- he’s walking towards me," Frandsen added. "This is not good. He just goes right by me, into my locker and there’s my bat that’s sitting right there, and he looks at it and gives me like a grunt, the old grunt that he does."

“He walks over to the TV and he gives it one whack. It doesn’t go. It pisses him off even more, and he obliterates the next screen. He walked back over (to Frandsen’s locker), said maybe one little thing, puts the bat back in the locker and walks right to his office."

So what was the reason that Bochy was so upset? Golden Tee, the golf arcade game.

Frandsen, now an announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies, admitted that the players were playing the arcade game in the back until 7:00, for a 7:15 game. All TVs were supposed to be off starting around 6:30 - 6:45.

The Giants didn't have a ton of rules, but this rule was one that clearly couldn't be broken, Frandsen added. 

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After the fiasco, they heard Bochy loud and clear.

“Everyone’s sitting there like, ‘Oh yeah, we got the message! Hey, TVs off 6:45 here we go fellas!’ I mean it was frightening. That’s Boch. There you go.”

Watch ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen drop foul ball during Phillies broadcast

Watch ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen drop foul ball during Phillies broadcast

“I didn’t even move!”

Kevin Frandsen, who played for the Giants from 2006-09 and again in 2015, is now part of the Philadelphia Phillies radio broadcast team. During a game Wednesday night in Arizona, Frandsen had a foul ball hit right to him in the broadcast booth. 

Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly a web gem for the former infielder.

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Although Frandsen is on the Phillies radio broadcast, the NBC Sports Philadelphia television crew was able to catch the blunder on video.

Frandsen, to his credit, took it in stride and can be seen waving to the crowd in jest at Chase Field later in the video.

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Maybe he’ll get another chance in front of his former team as the Phillies begin a four-game series in San Francisco on Thursday night.