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Joe Posnanski's 32 best for 2011

"I’ve decided that some time, when none of us were looking, Cliff Lee went to a beautiful lake with crystal clear water, a remote and spiritual lake surrounded by mountains, and he asked the ferryman who took home across if he could stay on the boat and learn the lessons of the water. "Please let me stay," Lee said. "$*&$#!!#* fine, you can #%@%* stay if you $@#!$# want to stay," said the ferryman, for he was wise and also resembled Tommy Lasorda. Together they crossed the lake hundreds of times, thousands of times, until Cliff Lee could hear the water speak to him. And what the water told him was the secret of how to become a great pitcher. And that’s why Lee walked 18 men in 2010 and had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio of any man who ever threw 200 innings in a single season. It really is only a matter of time before Lee starts striking out hitters on only two pitches."

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