Lincecum honored for candor with writers

Lincecum honored for candor with writers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum added a piece of hardware to his collection Saturday, this one recognizing him for what he does in the clubhouse, not on the mound.

The San Francisco/Oakland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America awarded Lincecum with the Bill Rigney Good Guy Award, which recognizes one Giants player each year for his cooperation with the print media.

As writers presented Lincecum with the award, they credited him for his dealing with the media throughout a difficult season.

"I wasn't looking for any pity or sorry," Lincecum said. "The more insight I had to what I was going through, the better people could understand instead of giving their own diagnoses."

Lincecum had a 6.42 ERA at the All-Star break, but he's gone 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA in the second half.

Cody Ross won the Good Guy Award in 2011. Previous winners have included Matt Cain, Rich Aurilia, Randy Winn and Omar Vizquel. The award dates back to 1997.