56 Facts About Tyler Clippard


Tyler Lee Clippard was born on February 14,1985 and is an American professional baseball free agent pitcher.

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Tyler Clippard has previously played in MLB for the New York Yankees, Nationals, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins.

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Tyler Clippard debuted with the Yankees as a starting pitcher in 2007.

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Tyler Clippard's family moved to Florida when he was a toddler.

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Tyler Clippard played baseball in Little League; in eleven years, he won seven district titles, but was never able to reach the Little League World Series.

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Tyler Clippard began his high school career at Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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Tyler Clippard transferred to Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, which had a nationally ranked baseball team.

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Tyler Clippard attempted to play for their team, but the move was blocked by the Florida High School Athletic Association, as players are not allowed to transfer during the course of a season, nor are they allowed to transfer to avoid sanctions given for disciplinary reasons.

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Tyler Clippard competed for the Central Florida Renegades in Connie Mack Baseball, an amateur 18-and-under competition organized by the American Amateur Baseball Congress.

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Tyler Clippard earned pitcher of the week honors in the Florida State Elite Baseball League in June 2003.

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Tyler Clippard registered the best individual score in the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament that year.

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Tyler Clippard was named to the All-Conference first team as a junior and to the All-County as a senior, and helped lead Mitchell to victory in the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament during his senior year.

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Tyler Clippard trained with Roy Silver, a retired professional baseball player, who worked with Clippard on his mechanics and his maturity.

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Tyler Clippard was drafted in the ninth round of the 2003 MLB draft, with the 274th overall selection, by the New York Yankees.

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Tyler Clippard was named to the West team in the FSL All-Star Game.

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Tyler Clippard was named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week for his accomplishment.

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Tyler Clippard won nine straight games at one point, breaking the club record of eight shared by Tomo Ohka and Carl Pavano.

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Tyler Clippard teamed with Phil Hughes to form one of the best pitching duos in minor league baseball.

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Tyler Clippard again was fifth in the affiliated minors in strikeouts, trailing Yovani Gallardo, Francisco Cruceta, Matt Maloney and Franklin Morales.

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Tyler Clippard led the Eastern League in strikeouts and was seventh in ERA.

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Tyler Clippard became the seventh rookie to start a game for the 2007 New York Yankees, following Hughes, DeSalvo, Rasner, Wright, Kei Igawa and Jeff Karstens.

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Tyler Clippard pitched six innings, giving up one run off the bat of David Wright and three hits.

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Tyler Clippard struck out his first major league batter, Jose Reyes, on three pitches.

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Tyler Clippard recorded his first career hit in his second at-bat off Mets pitcher Scott Schoeneweis, a double to right center in the sixth inning.

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Tyler Clippard was traded on December 4,2007, to the Washington Nationals for relief pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo.

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Tyler Clippard pitched his first game for the Nationals on June 9,2008, after Odalis Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

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Tyler Clippard was optioned to the minor leagues after this start, but was given a second start a few days later, as Perez was not yet ready to return.

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Tyler Clippard tied Yorman Bazardo and Charlie Haeger for the most losses in the International League that season.

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Tyler Clippard pitched in 14 consecutive scoreless appearances before being promoted to the Nationals on June 21,2009, replacing Kip Wells in the Nationals' bullpen.

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Since 2010, Tyler Clippard has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen; primarily in the eighth inning.

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That season, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen served as setup pitchers to Matt Capps.

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Tyler Clippard finished eighth in the National League in appearances, with 78.

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Tyler Clippard earned the victory for the National League as the game's winning pitcher, despite not retiring a batter.

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Adrian Beltre, the only batter Tyler Clippard faced, singled, but Hunter Pence threw out Jose Bautista at home plate, and the NL took the lead in the next inning.

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Tyler Clippard became the de facto closer for the Nationals in the first half of the 2012 season.

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Tyler Clippard appeared in 20 of the Nationals' first 40 games, and struggled with poor command of his pitches.

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Tyler Clippard's command improved as his workload decreased, and he was named to the appear in the 2014 All-Star Game.

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Tyler Clippard returned to a setup role, with Jeurys Familia remaining the Mets' closer.

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Tyler Clippard made 11 appearances with the White Sox, earning two saves, and pitching to a 1.

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Tyler Clippard broke the news himself by changing his biographical information on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tyler Clippard was not part of any postseason action, although he was still on the Astros 40-man roster at the time.

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On March 7,2018, Tyler Clippard signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Tyler Clippard's contract was purchased by the Blue Jays on March 29,2018, and he was assigned to the Opening Day roster.

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On February 23,2019, Tyler Clippard signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, worth $1.

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Tyler Clippard received a non-roster invitation to spring training Clippard strained a pectoral muscle during spring training, and was shut down for the remainder of spring training.

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Tyler Clippard became an integral part of Cleveland's bullpen, and was used as an opener twice.

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Tyler Clippard signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins on December 20,2019.

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On March 21,2021, Tyler Clippard was shut down for six weeks with a capsule sprain in his throwing shoulder, causing him to be placed on the injured list to begin the 2021 season, the first stint on the injured list in his MLB career.

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On March 26,2022, Tyler Clippard signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.

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Two days later Tyler Clippard cleared waivers, refused an outright assignment, and elected for free agency according to a team announcement.

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Tyler Clippard played for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, helping the team win the tournament.

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Tyler Clippard pitched 4 and a third innings giving up only one run and recording six strikeouts.

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Tyler Clippard has an unorthodox pitching delivery, rocking forward while sticking his gloved hand high in the air, which creates an unusual arm angle while pitching, making it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball in their line of vision.

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Tyler Clippard's father taught him to pitch this way when Tyler Clippard was eight years old by having him throw his baseball glove.

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Tyler Clippard has compiled a strikeout rate of nearly 10 per 9 innings over his career.

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Tyler Clippard has a brother named Colin, who played Little League baseball with Tyler.

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