Tim Lincecum (2 votes)
Matthew Oscodar: This is a biased choice. Tim Lincecum is the reason I became a pitcher in my real baseball career and was truly my idol. I grew my hair out like him, I did my best to imitate his motion, and I always wanted to wear #55. Even though he had quite the fall from grace, at his peak, I have never seen someone dominate the way he did.
Steve Klein: I had to include a favorite player of recent times, so I went for Tim Lincecum, whose achievements seem amplified because he was such an unlikely hero. He was tough, freaky powerful, fun to watch and an absolutely integral part of the most successful period in the Giants’ San Francisco chapter.
Christy Mathewson (2 votes)
Hiren Patel: Jumping way back to the turn of the 20th century, Mathewson is a player nobody reading this has ever seen play. However, his numbers speak for themselves. Over 17 years with the New York Giants, he established himself as the franchise leader in virtually every major category—wins (372), ERA (2.12), WAR (97.9), WHIP (1.057), strikeouts (2504), and innings pitched (4779.2). Mathewson was the best pitcher in the league when he was active.
Joel Reuter: Anyone who thinks Madison Bumgarner’s performance during the 2014 World Series was the best ever by a pitcher should take a look back at what Mathewson did during the 1905 World Series. He started three games and pitched three complete-game shutouts, allowing 13 hits and one walk in his 27 innings of work. He’s one of the five greatest pitchers to ever play the game and should be a no-brainer selection.