Lincoln H. Holdzkom (born March 23, 1982 in Pasadena, California) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization. Holdzkom graduated from Cibola High School in Yuma, Arizona, and attended Arizona Western College.
Holdzkom was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 7th round (212th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft. Holdzkom began his career with the Rookie League Gulf Coast Marlins in 2001. Making 7 starts and 5 relief appearances, he went 1-3 with a 2.49 ERA.
In 2003, Holdzkom split the season between the Single-A Greensboro Bats and the Advanced Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads. In a combined 56 relief appearances, he went 1-6 with a 2.92 ERA. Holdzkom would miss the entire 2004 season after Tommy John surgery.
In 2005, Holdzkom played for the Gulf Coast Marlins and the Hammerheads again. In 12 relief appearances, Holdzkom went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA.
On March 28, 2006, Holdzkom was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with Zach McCormack for Todd Wellemeyer. Holdzkom pitched at three different levels for the Cubs in 2006, the Rookie League AZL Cubs, the Advanced Single-A Daytona Cubs, and the Double-A West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. In a combined 25 games, Holdzkom went 0-1 with a 1.76 ERA.
On April 20, 2007, Holdzkom signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and was assigned to the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox Double-A affiliate. It was with the Sea Dogs that he got his first win since 2003 and overall with the Sea Dogs, he went 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 30 relief appearances. Holdzkom also played at the Triple-A level for the Pawtucket Red Sox. With Pawtucket, he made 12 relief appearances and went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA.
On December 6, 2007, Holdzkom was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Holdzkom appeared in only 3 Grapefruit League games for the Phillies, and was then offered back to the Red Sox on March 12, 2008. When the Red Sox declined, he was released making him a free agent. On March 13, Holdzkom was signed by the Red Sox and placed on the teams 40-man roster replacing pitcher Curt Schilling who was placed on the 60-day disabled list. On March 17, he was optioned to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Holdzkom has had to refute a persistent rumor about his background that he says originated as a joke he and his brother thought up. The rumor alleges that Holdzkom is son of Christopher Holdzkom, an Austrian pianist who trained him to perform on the piano which lead Lincoln to a 1988 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and a contribution to a song on the soundtrack of the movie "Forrest Gump." The rumor gained so much traction that it was referenced in an article by MLB.com reporter Alyson Footer.
- ↑ Ken Mandel (2008-03-12). Holdzkom hits free-agent market: Right-hander could return to Phils on Minor League deal. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-13.
- ↑ Nick Cafardo (2008-03-13). Schilling goes to 60-day DL. Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2008-03-13.
- ↑ Jeff Goldberg (2008-03-18). Matsuzaka, Lester To Start For Red Sox Against A's In Japan. The Hartford Courant. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
- ↑ Brian McTaggart (2007-02-20). Heeeeeeere's Holdzkom: He didn't really meet Johnny Carson, but Astros prospect has yet to allow homer in minors. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved on 2008-03-25.
- ↑ Maureen Mullen (2007-08-10). Pitcher’s success no tall tale: PawSox’ Holdzkom on the rise. Boston Herald. Retrieved on 2008-03-25.
- ↑ Alyson Footer (2006-12-07). Astros grab Holdzkom in Rule 5 Draft: Reliever must stick on '07 big-league roster or be offered back. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-17.
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