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Cornelius Clifford Floyd Jr. (born December 5, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder who played for 17 seasons, most notably for the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and New York Mets. He is currently a baseball analyst who co-hosts on Sirius XM Radio and appears on MLB Network.

Cliff Floyd
Cliff Floyd with the Tampa Bay Rays.jpg
Floyd batting for the Rays on September 22, 2008
Left fielder
Born: (1972-12-05) December 5, 1972 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1993, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 2009, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.278
Home runs233
Runs batted in865
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

 
Floyd with the Mets

Floyd was born to parents Cornelius Clifford Floyd, Sr. and Olivia Floyd. After spending 13 years as an only child, Floyd was joined by brother Julius. Sister Shanta was later adopted when the Floyds noticed her as a six-year-old classmate of Julius' who had been troublesome for her then adoptive parents. The three siblings were raised in Markham, Illinois, a small suburb south west of Chicago. Floyd's father, a former Marine, worked double shifts at a U.S. Steel plant in Chicago to allow the family to live in a safe and stable neighborhood.[1]

At Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois, Floyd was a three-sport star in baseball, football, and basketball. In basketball, he led his high school to the Class AA Sectional Playoffs. He hit .508 with 130 RBI during the final two years of his high school career and led his team to the Illinois Class AA state baseball championship as a senior. He was heavily recruited by Arizona State University, Stanford, and Creighton University and signed a letter of intent to play for head coach Jim Hendry at Creighton.[2] However, when the Montreal Expos drafted him as the 14th pick in the 1st round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft, Floyd chose to go to the minor leagues.

Major league careerEdit

 
Floyd talking to hitting coach Jim Lefebvre for the San Diego Padres on March 5, 2009

Montreal ExposEdit

Prior to being called up by the Expos, Floyd was named the Sporting News' Minor League Player of the Year in 1993 after successful stints with the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League and Triple-A Ottawa Lynx.[3] He made his major league debut that same year at only 21 years old, playing in 10 games with the Expos. On June 27, 1994, Floyd hit a home run off Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux at Olympic Stadium on a pitch that was low, by golfing the ball out in what would become a signature moment in the Expos'dominant but strike-shortened 1994 season.[3] Although Floyd never showed the power that was to come in later years during his first tenure with the Expos, he has expressed fondness for his time in Montreal, crediting his initial experience there for helping him grow both professionally and as a person.[4]

Florida MarlinsEdit

In 1997, Floyd was traded from the Expos to the Florida Marlins for Dustin Hermanson and Joe Orsulak. He won his lone World Series with the franchise in 1997. In 1998, Floyd earned a starting position in the Marlins' outfield. In 2000, in 420 at-bats, he hit .300 with 22 home runs and 91 RBI,[5] including two walk-off home runs.[6] In 2001, Floyd hit a career-high .317 with 31 home runs and drove in 103 runs in 149 games and was selected to play in his first and only all-star game.[5]

Second Stint with ExposEdit

In 2002, Floyd was traded from the Marlins back to the Expos, with Claudio Vargas, Wilton Guerrero, and cash, for Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, Carl Pavano, Justin Wayne, and Donald Levinski.[7] His second stint with the Expos was short-lived; he appeared in only 15 games before being traded.

Boston Red SoxEdit

On July 30, 2002, Floyd was traded from the Expos to the Boston Red Sox for Sun-woo Kim and Song Seung-jun.[8] Theories swirled around baseball as to the move (along with several others done by the Expos that year), with critics suggesting the MLB-owned Expos had traded Floyd in order to help the Red Sox.[9] Floyd hit .317 in 47 games for the Red Sox.[10]

New York MetsEdit

In 2003, Floyd was signed by the New York Mets. He played well for the Mets, but was hampered by injuries in 2003 and 2004. However, Floyd stayed healthy in 2005 and responded with a career-high and team-leading 34 home runs.[10] The next year, though, Floyd was once again limited by injuries and only played in 97 games during New York's division-winning year. He caught the division-clinching out for the Mets,[11] but was slowed by injuries in the playoffs for New York, only recording twelve at-bats in his team's ten postseason games.

Chicago CubsEdit

In 2007, Floyd agreed to a deal with his hometown Chicago Cubs for the 2007 season, with an option for 2008. Floyd missed nine games in August 2007 to mourn the death of his father, Cornelius. He returned on August 21, 2007, to play the San Francisco Giants, where he drove in the winning runs in the top of the 9th.[12]

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

On December 14, 2007, Floyd signed a $3 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[13] Floyd spent 2008 platooning for the Rays at DH against righties.

San Diego PadresEdit

On February 5, 2009, Floyd agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres.[14] On October 8, 2009, the Padres released Floyd.

Broadcasting careerEdit

On February 22, 2010, Floyd accepted a broadcasting job with Fox Sports Florida.

Floyd made his debut in the broadcasting booth for FOX Sports Baseball Night in America on June 21, 2014.

In 2015, Floyd joined SportsNet New York where he would be an analyst for New York Mets games. On March 8, 2015, Floyd broadcast his first Mets game, a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on WPIX-TV, with Gary Cohen doing play-by-play.

Floyd is currently a co-host on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio and Fantasy Sports Radio. He is also a contributor to the MLB Network, occasionally appearing on its flagship studio show MLB Tonight.[15]

In 2018, Floyd joined Sportsnet to become a featured analyst for the network's Toronto Blue Jays coverage.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Floyd lives in Florida with his longtime companion Maryanne Manning, the couple's two children, his mother, and the two children of his sister Shanta. Shanta died in 2006 after a long battle with cancer.

He appeared on Season 9 and 10 of Dragons' Den.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bamberger, Michael (August 20, 2001). "Cliff Notes: His body healthy at last and his mind clear--at least most of the time--Cliff Floyd is having a career year for the resurgent Marlins". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2006-04-08.
  2. ^ Botte, Peter (November 20, 2004). "Mets Eye Deal For Johnson (Nick)". NY Daily News. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mickleburgh, Rod. "June 27, 1994: Rookie Cliff Floyd 'swings for the fences' off Maddux". SABR.org.
  4. ^ Cullen, Matt (July 10, 2015). "Former Expo Floyd optimistic on MLB's return to Montreal". TSN.ca. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Cliff Floyd Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
  6. ^ "Cliff Floyd Career Home Runs". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "Marlins deal Floyd to Expos, Dempster to Reds". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 11, 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-21.
  8. ^ Callis, Jim (July 30, 2002). "Floyd moves on to Red Sox". BaseballAmerica. Archived from the original on January 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Chass, Murray (August 6, 2002). "ON BASEBALL; Heard the One About the Expos' Trades?". The New York Times.
  10. ^ a b "Cliff Floyd Baseball Stats". Baseball-Almanac.com.
  11. ^ "Mets Beat Marlins to Clinch Division". The New York Times. The Associated Press. September 18, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-21.
  12. ^ "Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants Box Score, August 21, 2007". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  13. ^ "Free-agent OF Floyd agrees to one-year deal with Rays". ESPN.com. December 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  14. ^ Jayson Stark (2009-02-05). "Source: Floyd, Padres agree to deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  15. ^ "Cliff Floyd - MLB Network". MLB.com. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Joe Siddall joins Blue Jays Central as TV analyst on Sportsnet". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-18.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Melvin Nieves
1992
Youngest Player in the
National League

1993
Succeeded by
Ismael Valdez
1994