Best Player We Hated To See Leave (2011)

Cliff Lee, Texas Rangers

We know he inexplicably wanted to pitch in Philadelphia, and we recognize that the Rangers' starting rotation has been dominant for most of the season. Still, he is Cliff Friggin' Lee. And when he drove in more runs as a hitter in June than he allowed as a pitcher, we can't help but be jealous. Lee wasn't perfect in Texas, but he did win Games 1 and 5 against Tampa Bay in the Rangers' first ever playoff series triumph and then he shut out and humiliated the Yankees with 13 strikeouts in a crucial Game 3 of the ALCS. Here's hoping the Rangers again get to the World Series but don't have to face the Phillies and their former ace.


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