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NEW YORK METS VS CHICAGO CUBS
New York Mets third baseman David Wright (L) and general manger Omar Minaya (R) talk with former Met Cliff Floyd as Floyd returns to Shea Stadium as a Chicago Cub player to face the Mets on May 14, 2007. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff).
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Cornelius Clifford Floyd (born December 5, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres.

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.

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. In leading his team to the Illinois state baseball championship as a senior, he hit .508 with 130 RBI during the final two years of his high school prep career. He was heavily recruited by Arizona State University, Stanford, and Creighton University, but when the Montreal Expos drafted him as the 14th pick in the 1st round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Floyd made no hesitation and chose to go to the minor leagues.

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