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Clifford Anthony Politte

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Pitcher Cliff Politte was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 54th round of the 1995 amateur draft and gradually rose through the team's farm system. After leaving Jefferson College for the draft, his spot in the rotation at Jefferson College was filled by Mark Buehrle. He made the club's Opening Day lineup in 1998 and made eight starts before being optioned to AAA. After the season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent two stints with the club in 1999, appearing in 17 games in relief. The next season, 2000, Politte worked as a starter and out of the bullpen for the Phillies and went 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA in eight starts. He missed the first half of the 2001 season due to an elbow injury but came back and pitched in 23 games out of the pen. Midway through the following season, 2002, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dan Plesac. He spent part of 2003 as the Jays' closer, saving 12 games for them. After the season, he signed with the Chicago White Sox.

Politte had a terrific season with the World Series champion White Sox in 2005, with an ERA of 2.00. In the World Series, he appeared three times, with an ERA of 3.86. In 2006 though, he struggled, with an ERA around 8.70, and was released in mid-July.

Prior to his pro career, Politte played for Capaha Baseball Team in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in summer of 1995 and appeared in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas for the Capahas that season.

Politte is the son of former minor league pitcher Clifford Politte.

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