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Cliff Lee

Clifton Phifer Lee

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: August 30, 1978 in Benton, AR
High School: Benton HS (Benton, AR)
Schools: Meridian Community College (Meridian, MS), University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Drafted
by the Montreal Expos in the 4th round of the 2000 amateur draft.
Signed July 6, 2000. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 15, 2002 (Age 24.016, 15,803rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2003 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Phillies/Rangers/Mariners 2002-2014
2015 Contract Status: Signed thru 2015, 5 yrs/$120M (11-15) & 16 vesting option (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2015): 11.100, Free Agent: 2016 [*], Agents: Darek Braunecker [*]
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rdrs Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
2002 CLE AL 23 P 2 2 0 10.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 2.61 1.50 .957 1.65 1.65 2 1 33% 32% 0
2003 CLE AL 24 P 9 9 0 52.1 7 1 5 1 0 .857 -1 -4 1.03 0.67 .957 1.74 1.71 4 2 33% 30% 0
2004 CLE AL 25 P 33 33 0 179.0 12 5 7 0 0 1.000 -2 -2 0.60 0.36 .948 1.66 1.65 9 5 36% 32% 1
2005 CLE AL 26 P 32 32 1 202.0 18 5 10 3 0 .833 -4 -4 0.67 0.47 .954 1.70 1.68 7 4 36% 30% 0 CYA-4
2006 CLE AL 27 P 33 33 1 200.2 22 3 18 1 0 .955 -1 -1 0.94 0.64 .958 1.56 1.54 7 3 30% 30% 2
2007 CLE AL 28 P 20 16 1 97.1 13 7 5 1 2 .923 -2 -4 1.11 0.60 .955 1.60 1.59 4 1 20% 27% 0
2008 CLE AL 29 P 31 31 4 223.1 31 16 14 1 2 .968 -3 -3 1.21 0.97 .952 1.60 1.59 3 0 0% 27% 0 AS,CYA-1,MVP-12
2009 TOT MLB 30 P 34 34 6 231.2 42 11 29 2 2 .952 0 0 1.55 1.18 .954 1.59 1.58 7 3 30% 27% 1
2009 CLE AL 30 P 22 22 3 152.0 26 8 17 1 1 .962 -1 -1 1.48 1.14 .953 1.53 1.51 7 2 22% 26% 0
2009 PHI NL 30 P 12 12 3 79.2 16 3 12 1 1 .938 1 3 1.69 1.25 .955 1.72 1.70 0 1 100% 29% 1
2010 TOT AL 31 P 28 28 7 212.1 28 10 14 4 1 .857 -3 -2 1.02 0.86 .953 1.63 1.61 4 3 43% 26% 0 AS,CYA-7
2010 SEA AL 31 P 13 13 5 103.2 13 5 5 3 0 .769 -2 -4 0.87 0.77 .953 1.63 1.61 1 2 67% 26% 0
2010 TEX AL 31 P 15 15 2 108.2 15 5 9 1 1 .933 -1 -2 1.16 0.93 .953 1.63 1.61 3 1 25% 26% 0
2011 PHI NL 32 P 32 32 6 232.2 34 7 26 1 1 .971 1 1 1.28 1.03 .955 1.80 1.79 11 4 27% 28% 2 AS,CYA-3,MVP-15
2012 PHI NL 33 P 30 30 0 211.0 31 6 22 3 3 .903 -2 -2 1.19 0.93 .950 1.77 1.75 4 3 43% 27% 1
2013 PHI NL 34 P 31 31 2 222.2 36 7 28 1 1 .972 2 2 1.41 1.13 .964 1.76 1.76 3 2 40% 28% 1 AS,CYA-6
2014 PHI NL 35 P 13 13 1 81.1 12 4 8 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.33 0.92 .955 1.72 1.71 4 2 33% 28% 1
13 Seasons P 328 324 29 2156.2 289 83 188 18 12 .938 -15 -1 1.13 0.83 .955 1.68 1.66 69 33 32% 29% 9
13 Seasons TOT 328 324 29 2156.2 289 83 188 18 12 .938 -15 -6 1.13 0.83 .955 1.68 1.66 69 33 32% 29% 9
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rdrs Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
2002 CLE AL 23 P
2003 CLE AL 24 P -1 -4 0 -1 0
2004 CLE AL 25 P -2 -2 -2 0 0
2005 CLE AL 26 P -4 -4 -3 0 0
2006 CLE AL 27 P -1 -1 -2 0 1
2007 CLE AL 28 P -2 -4 -2 0 0
2008 CLE AL 29 P -3 -3 -3 0 0
2009 CLE AL 30 P -1 -1 -2 0 1 0
2009 PHI NL 30 P 1 3 0 0 0 1
2010 SEA AL 31 P -2 -4 -3 0 0 1
2010 TEX AL 31 P -1 -2 -1 0 0 0
2011 PHI NL 32 P 1 1 0 0 0 0
2012 PHI NL 33 P -2 -2 -3 1 1
2013 PHI NL 34 P 2 2 1 0 1
2014 PHI NL 35 P 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Seasons P 0 -15 -1 -20 0 1 5
13 Seasons TOT 0 -15 -6 -20 0 1 5

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
2002 CLE AL 23 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 CLE AL 24 9 9 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 CLE AL 25 33 33 1 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 CLE AL 26 32 32 3 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 CLE AL 27 33 33 2 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CLE AL 28 20 16 2 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CLE AL 29 31 31 2 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 CLE AL 30 22 22 3 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 PHI NL 30 12 12 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 TEX AL 31 15 15 0 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 SEA AL 31 13 13 1 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 PHI NL 32 35 32 34 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2012 PHI NL 33 33 30 31 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2013 PHI NL 34 34 31 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 PHI NL 35 13 13 11 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Seasons 337 324 133 328 328 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
2002 CLE AL 23 44 73% 23% 2 100% 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 CLE AL 24 210 72% 26% 7 86% 0 1 0 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 67%
2004 CLE AL 25 802 71% 23% 9 89% 0 5 1 3 7 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 75%
2005 CLE AL 26 838 79% 27% 19 58% 0 5 1 4 10 9 0 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 67%
2006 CLE AL 27 882 79% 26% 18 89% 0 3 0 3 18 15 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
2007 CLE AL 28 443 77% 26% 10 80% 1 7 0 2 5 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 3 100%
2008 CLE AL 29 891 78% 35% 24 71% 1 16 3 11 14 10 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 5 60%
2009 CLE AL 30 641 80% 33% 21 86% 0 8 1 4 17 14 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 8 88%
2009 PHI NL 30 328 75% 27% 14 86% 0 3 1 2 12 9 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 7 71%
2010 TEX AL 31 435 76% 31% 14 71% 0 5 0 4 9 7 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 50%
2010 SEA AL 31 408 78% 30% 12 50% 1 5 0 4 5 4 0 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33%
2011 PHI NL 32 920 70% 32% 29 86% 0 7 1 5 26 18 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4 75%
2012 PHI NL 33 847 73% 31% 28 79% 1 6 2 2 22 11 4 3 0 1 2 2 3 1 3 0 7 71%
2013 PHI NL 34 876 71% 32% 31 87% 0 7 0 4 28 21 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 6 100%
2014 PHI NL 35 352 78% 36% 8 100% 0 4 0 3 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
13 Seasons 8917 75% 30% 246 80% 4 82 10 51 188 138 15 18 1 6 11 9 12 7 10 2 61 77%
MLB Averages 76% 32% 87% 81%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
2008 AL (12, 6%)
2011 NL (15, 3%)
0.09 Career Shares (973rd)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
2005 AL (4, 6%)
2008 AL (1, 94%)
2010 AL (7, 3%)
2011 NL (3, 40%)
2013 NL (6, 15%)
1 Cy Young
1.58 Career Shares (27th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
2008 April AL Pitcher of the Month
2008 August AL Pitcher of the Month
2010 June AL Pitcher of the Month
2011 June NL Pitcher of the Month
2011 August NL Pitcher of the Month

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
2010 AL  4 (3rd)
Active  18 (19th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
2004 AL  1.000 (1st)

Salary s c a p y
2012 NL  $21,500,000 (2nd)
2013 NL  $25,000,000 (2nd)

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Name and misspellings: Clifton Cliff Phifer Lee

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