Cliff Lee News
 


September 16, 2013 --

Cliff became the second pitcher in baseball history to strikeout at least 14 and drive in 4, the first since Dwight Gooden on May 11, 1990. Cliff became the fourth Phillies pitcher to have at least 14 strikeouts and zero walks and he became the third to have three hits and four RBI in a game. Cliff became the first pitcher in the Live Ball era to have more than eight strikeouts in a game where he also had three hits and four RBI.

July 6, 2013 --

Cliff was selected to play in the MLB All-Star game for the fourth time.

September 23, 2012 --

Cliff set the modern era record with his 15th consecutive start of at least six innings and not more than one walk.

May 9, 2012 --

Cliff was activated from the DL.

April 21, 2012 --

Cliff was placed on the DL with a left oblique strain.

April 18, 2012 --

Cliff became the first Major League pitcher to go ten innings since Aaron Harang in July 2007 and the first Phillies pitcher since Terry Mulholland in May 1983.

November 17, 2011 --

Cliff finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

September 21, 2011 --

Cliff was awarded the Steve Carlton Award by the Philadelphia Baseball Writers.


September 5, 2011 --

Cliff became the first pitcher to record six shutouts in a season since Randy Johnson in 1998. He also became the fourth Phillies left-hander to record 200 strikeouts in a season.


August 31, 2011 --

Cliff went 5-0 with a 0.45 ERA in August to become the third pitcher in Major League history to have two months in one season with five wins, zero losses and an ERA under one (Walter Johnson in 1913 and Bob Gibson in 1968).


July 5, 2011 --

Cliff was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for June after going 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in 5 starts.

 

July 3, 2011 --

Cliff was selected to the 2011 MLB All-Star game.

 

June 28, 2011 --

Cliff ran his career-best scoreless streak to 32 innings while becoming the first Phillies pitcher to throw three straight shutouts since Hall of Famer Robin Roberts did it in 1950. He finished June 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in five starts, only the fifth major league pitcher since World War II to go 5-0 with an ERA of 0.21 or better in a month.

 

May 6, 2011 --

Cliff struck out a career high 16 batters in only 7.0 innings vs Atlanta.

 

October 23, 2010 --

Cliff was selected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame class of 2011.

 

October 18, 2010 --

Cliff became the first pitcher in MLB history to reach double digits in strikeouts three times in a single postseason and the fourth to have at least 13 strikeouts and allow two hits or fewer. He is the third pitcher to start his postseason career with a 7-0 record, joining Orlando Hernandez (8-0) and Orel Hershiser (7-0). Cliff tied Bob Gibson's record of consecutive 10+ K games in the postseason with 3 and his 5th career postseason game with at least 10 strikeouts is tied with Randy Johnson and Bob Gibson for the most all-time.

 

October 12, 2010 --

Cliff led Texas to their first ever playoff series win in a series in which the road team won every game -- a first in major league history. His 21 strikeouts is an ALDS record and he tied Lefty Gomez for the third-most consecutive postseason decisions won as a starter (6) to begin a career in MLB history. Cliff's 21 strikeouts and zero walks in his 2 starts in the ALDS is the most strikeouts without a walk in a single postseason series all-time.

 

October 6, 2010 --

Cliff became the 10th pitcher in postseason history to win each of his 1st 5 decisions as a starter and the 4th pitcher in the Live Ball Era to toss at least 7 innings in each of his 1st 6 postseason starts. He became the first pitcher in MLB history to have 10 strikeouts and no walks in a Game 1 road win twice in his career. It was the third time Cliff has pitched at least 7 innings with no walks and at least 10 strikeouts...only three other pitchers have posted a line of 7 IP, 0 BB and 10 K in postseason history: Tom Seaver 1973 NLCS Game 1, Don Newcombe 1949 World Series Game 1 and Deacon Phillippe 1903 World Series Game 1.

 

October 3, 2010 --

Cliff ended the season with a walk rate of 0.76 per nine innings, the lowest for any pitcher with 200 innings since Red Lucas in 1933.

 

August 16, 2010 --

Cliff set the modern baseball record for most strikeouts in a season before issuing his 10th walk. Curt Schilling had 140 strikeouts in 2002, Cliff got to 143.

 

August 6, 2010 --

Cliff got his 100th major league victory!

 

July 22, 2010 --

Cliff got his 1,000th career major league strikeout when he struck out Torii Hunter of the Angels.

 

July 9, 2010 --

The Texas Rangers traded Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matt Lawson to the Seattle Mariners for Cliff Lee, Marke Lowe and cash.

 

July 6, 2010 --

Cliff was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for June.

 

July 4, 2010 --

Cliff was selected to the AL All-Star team!

 

April 30, 2010 --

Cliff was activated from the DL.

 

April 20, 2010 --

Major League Baseball dropped Cliff's five-game suspension.

 

April 4, 2010 --

Cliff was placed on the 15-day DL to start the season.

 

March 17, 2010 --

Cliff was suspended for five regular season games for throwing at Arizona's Chris Snyder.

 

December 16, 2009 --

Cliff was traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguers Juan Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies.

 

November 2, 2009 --

Cliff matched the Phillies record (Cole Hamels in 2008) with his fourth win of the postseason. He also joined Steve Carlton (1980) as the only Philadelphia starters to win two games in a single World Series.

 

October 28, 2009 --

Cliff became the first pitcher since Don Newcombe in 1949 to have 10 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs allowed in a World Series game. He also became the first pitcher to do that in back-to-back postseason games. Lee became the first left-handed starter to beat the Yankees in Yankee Stadium in Game 1 of a World Series since Sandy Koufax beat Whitey Ford in 1963 and he became the first pitcher in 26 years to throw a World Series complete game in which he struck out the first and last hitter of the game.

 

October 18, 2009 --

Cliff became the first pitcher in postseason history to have 10-plus strikeouts with no walks while not allowing a run in a game!

 

October 7, 2009 --

Cliff threw a complete game to win his first career playoff game in game 1 of the NLDS versus Colorado. He also became the first pitcher in Phillies history to steal a base in the postseason!

 

September 15, 2009 --

Cliff became just the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win at least seven games in the AL and the NL in one season.

 

July 29, 2009 --

Cliff was traded, along with Ben Francisco, from Cleveland to Philadelphia for minor leaguers Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Lou Marson and Jason Knapp.

 

May 3, 2009 --

Cliff threw his 1,000th career major league inning.

 

April 16, 2009 --

Cliff was the starting and winning pitcher for the Indians in the first ever game at the new Yankee Stadium!

 

January 21, 2009 --

Cliff was named the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Professional Athlete of the Year.

 

December 26, 2008 --

Cliff was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sportsman of the Year.

 

November 21, 2008 --

Cliff was named the Tribe's Man of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

 

November 18, 2008 --

Cliff finished 12th in the voting for American League MVP with 24 points.

 

November 13, 2008 --

Cliff was named the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner!!!! He received 24 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 132 points to Roy Halladay's 74. Cliff also became the third Indian to win the award (CC Sabathia and Gaylord Perry).

 

November 10, 2008 --

Cliff was named the AL's Bullet Rogan Legacy Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

 

November 4, 2008 --

Cliff was named the AL Cy Young winner by fans in the 17th annual Internet Baseball Awards.

 

October 24, 2008 --

Cliff was named to the Sporting News' American League All-Star team.

 

October 24, 2008 --

Cliff's jersey was retired by Benton (AR) High School.

 

October 23, 2008 --

Cliff was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year in the Players Choice Awards!

 

October 20, 2008 --

Cliff was named the American League's Pitcher of the Year by the Sporting News! He was also named the AL's Outstanding Pitcher in the Players Choice Awards, sponsored by the MLB Players Association!

 

September 30, 2008 --

Cliff was named the 2008 American League Comeback Player of the Year.

 

September 29, 2008 --

Cliff finished the 2008 season ranked first in MLB in wins and winning percentage. He was second (first in the AL) in ERA, fourth (second in the AL) in complete games, sixth (second in the AL) in innings, fourth (second in the AL) in WHIP and fourth (third in the AL) in strikeout-to-walk ratio. His .880 winning percentage was the third-highest for a 20-game winner in baseball history.

 

September 12, 2008 --

Cliff became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to win 22 of his first 24 decisions, and the first since Ron Guidry in 1978. He also became the first pitcher to beat Kansas City five times in a season since Nolan Ryan in 1974.

 

September 7, 2008 --

Cliff got his 700th career strikeout in a game against Kansas City. His 21 wins are the most in the majors since 2005 and the most by a Cleveland left-hander since Vean Gregg in 1911.

 

September 3, 2008 --

Cliff was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for August. He was 5-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five starts.

 

September 1, 2008 --

Cliff became Cleveland's first 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry won 21 in 1974 (34 years). He's the 25th Indian all-time to get 20 wins and only the 5th AL pitcher to get 20 wins since 2004. He's also the first major leaguer to win 20 in 2008.

 

August 26, 2008 --

Cliff became just the eighth major league pitcher since 1920 to win at least 19 of his first 21 decisions.

 

August 10, 2008 --

Cliff threw his 900th career major league inning in a game at Toronto.

 

July 15, 2008 --

Cliff threw two scoreless innings (1 hit, 3 strikeouts) in the MLB All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.

 

July 14, 2008 --

Cliff was named the starting pitcher for the AL in the MLB All-Star game!

 

July 6, 2008 --

Cliff was selected to represent the American League in the MLB All-Star game!

 

June 9, 2008 --

Cliff beat Detroit to improve to 10-1 on the season and become the American League's first 10-game winner of '08.

 

June 4, 2008 --

Cliff got his 100th career decision in major league baseball (63-37).

 

May 24, 2008 --

Cliff got his 600th career major league strikeout in a game against Texas.

 

May 18, 2008 --

Cliff threw his 800th career major league inning in a game at Cincinnati.

 

May 7, 2008 --

Cliff became the first Cleveland pitcher to win his first six starts since Greg Swindell in 1988 by beating Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees. The matchup between Wang and Lee was the first between two pitchers with at least a 5-0 record since 1988.

 

May 3, 2008 --

Cliff was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April. He was 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five starts.

 

April 30, 2008 --

Cliff lost a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings in the seventh inning against Seattle. That was the longest streak by a Cleveland pitcher in 26 years. He also become just the fifth major league pitcher since 1969 to win his first five starts with an ERA under 1.00 (Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Frank Viola and Fernando Valenzuela). His .163 OBP Against after five starts is the lowest in baseball in 99 years (Frank Smith, CWS, 1909).

 

April 24, 2008 --

Cliff threw his first career complete game shutout.

 

September 2, 2007 --

Cliff made his first career major league relief appearance.

 

September 1, 2007 --

Cliff was recalled to Cleveland.

 

July 27, 2007 --

Cliff was optioned to AAA Buffalo.

 

June 18, 2007 --

Cliff threw his 700th career major league inning.

 

May 28, 2007 --

Cliff got his 500th career major league strikeout in a game against Boston.

 

May 8, 2007 --

Cliff got his 50th major league win with a complete game at Anaheim.

 

May 3, 2007 --

Cliff was activated from the DL.

 

April 24, 2007 --

Cliff was inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Hall of Fame.

 

April 1, 2007 --

The Indians put Cliff on the DL with an abdominal strain.

 

October 1, 2006 --

Cliff threw his first career nine-inning complete game on the last day of the regular season.

 

August 10, 2006 --

Cliff started his 100th major league game.

 

August 7, 2006 --

The Indians announced that they had signed Cliff to a 3 year, $14 million contract.

 

May 23, 2006 --

Cliff threw his 500th career major league inning.

 

May 18, 2006 --

Cliff got his 400th career major league strikeout.

 

March 5, 2006 --

The Indians signed Cliff for the 2006 season.

 

December 19, 2005 --

Cliff was named the Wickman's Warriors 2005 Indians Player of the Year.

 

November 8, 2005 --

Cliff finished 4th in the voting for the AL Cy Young Award. He received 2 second place votes and 2 third place votes for a total of eight points.

 

October 19, 2005 --

Cliff finished 6th in the voting for the Warren Spahn Award, presented to the best left-handed starting pitcher in the majors.

 

October 2, 2005 --

Cliff finished the 2005 season tied for second in the AL and tied for fifth in the majors in wins (18). He was also first in the AL and third in the majors in winning percentage (.783).

 

September 7, 2005 --

Cliff was selected as the Cleveland Indians' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award given out by MLB.

 

July 18, 2005 --

Cliff was credited with his first major league complete game in a rain shortened five inning outing against Kansas City.

 

February 25, 2005 --

Cliff agreed to a one-year contract with Cleveland.

 

October 3, 2004 --

Cliff finished the season ranked 8th in the AL in wins and 10th in strikeouts.

 

July 16, 2004 --

Cliff improved to 10-1 on the season, becoming the first Indians starter to go 10-1 since Charles Nagy went 11-1 in the first half of the 1996 season.

 

June 19, 2004 --

Cliff was suspended for six games for intentionally throwing at the head of Ken Griffey Jr. on 6-13. He appealed the suspension.

 

June 18, 2004 --

Cliff got his first major league at-bat and hit in a game at Atlanta.

 

June 13, 2004 --

Cliff gave up a homerun to Ken Griffey Jr. It was the 499th in Griffey's career. Cliff was later ejected from the game when the umpire determined that he threw at Griffey.

 

May 28, 2004 --

Cliff reache the 100 strikeout mark for his major league career.

 

May 17, 2004 --

Cliff became the first Cleveland starter to go 5-0 since Dennis Martinez went 9-0 in 1995.

 

May 12, 2004 --

Cliff pitched the 100th major league inning of his career.

 

April 12, 2004 --

Cliff started the Indians 2004 home opener.

 

August 16, 2003 --

Cliff was recalled by the Indians.

 

June 30, 2003 --

Cliff won his first Major League game when Cleveland beat KC 10-5. He was sent back to Buffalo after the game.

 

June 29, 2003 --

Cliff was recalled from Buffalo by the Indians.

 

June 12, 2003 --

Cliff was transferred from Akron (AA) to Buffalo (AAA).

 

May 30, 2003 --

Cliff was activated from the DL by the Indians and assigned to Akron (AA).

 

May 29, 2003 --

Cliff made a rehab start for class A Kinston, throwing 4.1 innings of no hit ball. He gave up one unearned run, walked three and struck out four.

 

May 1, 2003 --

Injury update: Cliff remains in extended spring training camp in Winter Haven, where he is scheduled to throw off the mound soon after having been shut down for a week. Lee developed a strained oblique muscle during his recuperation. Cliff has been out since early in spring training with the abdominal injury. Normally, he would have been back pitching by now, but doctors discovered that he has a hernia. Club officials are hoping he can pitch the rest of the season before undergoing corrective surgery.

 

April 10, 2003 --

Cliff was rated the #2 left-handed starter prospect for 2003 by ProspectReport.com.

 

March 29, 2003 --

The Indians placed Cliff on the 60-day disabled list.

 

March 11, 2003 --

Cliff was rated #34 in ProspectReport.com's Top 150 Propects for 2003.

 

March 7, 2003 --

Cliff and the Indians agreed to a one-year contract for 2003.

 

March 6, 2003 --

Cliff was rated #3 in the Indians organization by ProspectReport.com.

 

March 3, 2003 --

Cliff was rated #30 in Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects for 2003.

 

February 20, 2003 --

Cliff was rated #19 in Baseball America's Top 20 Rookies for 2003.

 

February 16, 2003 --

The Associated Press reported that Indians pitcher Cliff Lee would be sidelined at least three weeks by an abdominal strain. Lee injured his right side in January while throwing off a mound during the club's winter developmental program.

 

February 6, 2003 --

Cliff was named the top pitcher in the Indians organization by USA Today Sports Weekly.

 

January 20, 2003 --

Cliff was rated #45 in theprospectreport.com's Top 100 Prospects.

 

December 27, 2002 --

Cliff, Brian Tallet and Billy Traber were named as the rookie starting pitchers to watch next season by USA Today Sports Weekly.

 

December 11, 2002 --

Cliff was rated the third best prospect in the Indians organization by Baseball America.

 

October 29, 2002 --

Cliff was rated #3 in the Indians Organization Top 10 by theprospectreport.com.

 

September 25, 2002 --

Cleveland shut Cliff down for the rest of the season because he had reached his pitch threshold.

 

September 15, 2002 --

Cliff made his Major League debut and suffered his first loss.

 

September 12, 2002 --

Cliff was called up by Cleveland.