Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee aka Cliff Lee is a baseball starting pitcher and free agent. He has played for Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners in Major League Football (MLB). He attended Benton High School where he played baseball. He studied at the University of Arkansas and Meridian Community College before getting drafted in 20th round by the Montreal Expos at the 2000 draft. After playing with minor-league affiliate of Expos, Harrisburg Senators, Lee signed with Cleveland Indians and went to major leagues. In 2009, he was owned by the Phillies and then Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. He made a comeback as a free agent to the Phillies in 2011.
He is a 4 times All-Star and the winner of the Cy Young Award in American League in 2008 as Indians’ member after leading the American League with lowest earned run average and wins. As a Phillie, he won the career’s first straight 7 post-season starts and he is going 4-0 in 2009 postseason. In 2009 World Series, he pitched a complete gain against New York Yankees and another season with Rangers. In 2010 ALCS, he shut out the Yankees by 8-0 in order to qualify for the 2010 World Series and listed among the top 10 richest sportsman in the world.
Full Name: Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee
Date of Birth: August 30, 1978
Marital status: Married
Occupation: Baseball player
Net Worth: $50 million
Height: 6 ft. 3 in (1.9 m)
Source of Income: Baseball
Florida Marlins drafted Lee as 12th pick at the 1997 Major League Baseball draft on the 8th round from Benton High School in Benton, Arkansas, instead of attending Meridian Community College, Mississippi. Later on, the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in 12th round of 1998 amateur draft. Instead, he attended the University of Arkansas.In major league draft 2000, he was selected by the Montreal Expos in the fourth round and signed in July the same year. Lee compiled 7-2 record and played for Double-A Harrisburg in 2002 in the Eastern League with 3.23 ERA by mid-summer.
Lee was traded by the Expos in June 2002, along with Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore, to the Cleveland Indians for Tim Drew and Bartolo Colon. Lee pitched 7 games for Akron Aeros before going to Buffalo Bisons. In each of the first 3 full seasons of him, Lee won 14 games and pitched up to 200 innings in 2005 and 2006 and became the richest sportsman in the world.
Cliff Lee was born in Benton Arkansas to a firefighter. After retirement, his father joined Benton City Council. The middle name of Cliff comes from his mother’s side. Benton is a small town of Little Rock which had only 20000 people. In the ensuing years, this small suburb grew up by 20%. Charlie Rich’s house was the most famous resident until Cliff came along. Cliff loved sports but rarely watched sports on TV. In the short distance, he had several cousins and he spent most of his leisure time with friends and family in the neighborhood.