Cornelius Clifford Floyd
Born: 12/5/1972 in Chicago, IL
Draft: 1991, Montreal Expos, 1st rd. (14th overall)
High School: Thornwood, South Holland, IL
Debut: September 18, 1993
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. Floyd was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 18, 1993, with the Montreal Expos.
Major League Career
Floyd made his major league debut in 1993, playing in 10 games with the Expos. In 1997, Floyd was traded from the Expos to the Florida Marlins for Dustin Hermanson and Joe Orsulak. 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.
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. Later that year, Floyd was traded from the Expos to the Boston Red Sox for Sun-Woo Kim and Seung Song.
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. 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, but was slowed by injuries in the playoffs for New York, only recording twelve at-bats in the his team’s ten postseason games.
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 hit a game-winning RBI.
On December 14, 2007, Floyd signed a $3 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Floyd spent 2008 platooning for the Rays at DH against righties.
On February 5, 2009, Floyd agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres.
On February 22, 2010, Floyd accepted a broadcasting job with Fox Sports Florida.
Floyd also appears on NBC Sports Talk on the new NBC Sports Network.
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.
Since March 20 2014 Floyd has been broadcasting for the MLB Network.