Asian Spotting: Filipinos Geno Espineli, Tim Lincecum Play for Giants

Jul 31, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Hyphen Magazine

San Francisco Giants pitcher Geno Espineli is reportedly the first full-blooded Filipino to play Major League Baseball and I read today that teammate Tim Lincecum's mother is Filipina.

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Bob Flor

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Bobby Balcena was the first full blooded Pinoy to make the majors. He was from Sacramento but came up in the Pacific Coast League with the Seattle Rainiers a Cincinnati Reds AAA club in the mid '50s. Balcena played briefly with the Reds.

Lincecum's mom is Pinay and an member of the Asis family.
Bob Flor

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From Wilkipedia:

Robert Rudolph Balcena (August 1, 1925 - January 4, 1990) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956. Balcena batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in San Pedro, California.

Balcena became the first player of Filipino ancestry to appear in a major league game. He had a long distinguished Triple-A career with the Seattle Rainiers as a center fielder in the 1950s, and in Seattle is fondly remembered to this day.

Balcena died in his hometown of San Pedro at the age of 74.
Audreyana Azevedo

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timmys mom is my aunt
Zooks

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Audreyana Azevedo wrote:
timmys mom is my aunt
I don't think you are.. as Tim's mother is my elder sister and NONE of my family has ever heard of you.
Nice try though
Marty

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Oct 4, 2009
 
Is Tims mom full Filipina, or is she 1/2, as I have read elsewhere? So Tim is 1/4 Filipino?
zooks

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Oct 19, 2009
 
Marty wrote:
Is Tims mom full Filipina, or is she 1/2, as I have read elsewhere? So Tim is 1/4 Filipino?
As posted above Timothy's mother is full blooded Filipina which makes Tim HALF Filipino.
Becca Marks

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zooks wrote:
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As posted above Timothy's mother is full blooded Filipina which makes Tim HALF Filipino.
If you're his auntie.... why don't Tim and his mother talk? I've heard a few things here and there.. but I know they don't have much of a relationship.
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Becca Marks wrote:
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If you're his auntie.... why don't Tim and his mother talk? I've heard a few things here and there.. but I know they don't have much of a relationship.
What exactly makes you think they don't talk or moreover have a relationship? What Tim tells the press is what he believes is pertinent to his career..His personal life and/or his personal relationships is no ones business unless he chooses to make it so.
Robbie

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His parents are divorced, no one likes to talk about divorce. Tim talks about his dad because his dad taught him how to pitch. Just because he doesn't like to talk about his personal relationship with his mom doesn't mean she's not in the picture or he doesn't have a relationship with her. What happened is nobody's business. The guy is an ace pitcher and continues to excel in his career thats all people need to know.
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Nov 14, 2009
 
I hear ya Timmys Auntie, people only know what Timmy chooses to tell them, the rest is none of their business it has nothing to do with his career and thats probably the way he wants it. His private life is his and no one else is allowed to touch it. Good for him!!!
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I'm not sure this is true, but a filipino reported tried to interview Timmy and ask him about his filipino background and Tim wouldn't have it. I believe it was the time when Espinelli was in the bullpen. Anyway, that's all on Tim..his decision. But imagine if he was open about the fact that he's half filipino? All of Daly City, Pinole, Hercules, San Jose and SF filipinos will come and watch him play.
Sabreena -Marcig_

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Zooks wrote:
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I don't think you are.. as Tim's mother is my elder sister and NONE of my family has ever heard of you.
Nice try though
I met Tim at San fran today. Hewas soo nice enough to come meet us once we dropped our last name to the security gaurd to tell him. Such a sweet heart
Zooks

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Feb 15, 2010
 
I met Tim at San fran today. Hewas soo nice enough to come meet us once we dropped our last name to the security gaurd to tell him. Such a sweet heart

Hi Sabreena! I met you when we came down to Stockton with my family for the Asparagus Festival...if you remember..you're dad and I are cousins!
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Zooks wrote:
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I don't think you are.. as Tim's mother is my elder sister and NONE of my family has ever heard of you.
Nice try though
no his grandma is my auntie. babe is my great grandmas sister. her name is constiance and shes from union city, ca.
Tukmol

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Oct 29, 2010
 
All of you guys are my brothers and sisters from different mother and father.....=)
Anyways, proud to hear that Tim Lincecum has the Pinoy BLOOD-Gene And pride of all Pinoys that he is playing as picther for SF Giants......
Tukmol

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SF Giants will win the World Series!!!!!!!!!!
Rose

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Is Tim married or does he have a girlfriend?
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Im so proud "Tim is the best pitcher and Filipino too... Keep up the good work and !!!!t
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Nov 4, 2010
 
Now everyone claims Timmy is pinoy. I am a Filipino but I think most of the pines are just clinging to his popularity.
Thugpnoyz

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Nov 4, 2010
 
Nobody brought hype to Geno Espeneli when he is a full blooded pinoy. But since Timmy is so popular, pinoys are making a big issue about his ethnic background etc.. It's ridiculous!

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