A lifelong baseball man and former Major League infielder with the San Diego Padres, Tim is currently coaching 3rd base for the San Francisco Giants, a position he’s held since 2008.
Tim, who probably had a guitar in his hand before a baseball glove, is also an accomplished musician who has been described by Garth Brookes as a “two-sport star.” He released his 10th record in 14 years, “Traveling Shoes,” on Oct. 30, 2009.
His California country music, which can described as folksy bluegrass, reflects his experience of traveling the roads of America and beyond for three decades with wood in his hands: bats or guitars. His melodies like “Hang A Star On That One,” “It Don’t Matter,” and “All the Things We Carry Home” are the stories of a man who has journeyed from the creeks and coal mines of Kentucky to the ocean swells of the Pacific islands, with stops at just about every Major League ballpark in between.
The “stops” at ball parks have resulted in Tim establishing himself as one of San Diego’s all-time fan favorites for his hustle and all-out play. In 2003 he was honored as one of the top players in Padre’s history, batting .255 over 972 big league games. He also holds the title of being one of only four people in Padre’s history to be in uniform for both of San Diego’s World Series appearances, in 1984 as a player and 1998 as coach.
His 30-year career in baseball includes eleven years as a Padres player from 1978-1989; a Padres coach for 10 seasons from 1993-2002; and two campaigns as a Padres broadcaster in ’05 and ‘06. He’s played in two World Series and one All-Star game. Tim hammered his first Major League homerun April 26, 1983 at Wrigley Field and he hit a ground ball that skipped past Chicago Cub’s 1st baseman Leon Durham to ignited a 4-run, 7th inning rally that clinched Padres’ first-ever National League title.
Not only has Tim shared the field with baseball greats, he’s shared the stage with such starts as Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Dwight Yoakam and Jimmy Buffett. His performances have turned into such a feel good events that people have called them “Traveling Medicine Shows.”
While at Anaheim High, Tim was a star baseball player, ranked as one of the outstanding defensive shortstops in the Empire League. He was a member of the AHS varsity basketball team and Mozart Choir. He also played baseball at Chapman College while he attended there.
Born Sept. 29, 1957, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tim has been married to Donna, a Savannah High grad, for 28 years. They have three children: Danny, 24; Virginia, 22; and Kelly, 18. Tim is also an avid surfer.