CC Sabathia to retire following 2019 season

After wrapping up his 19th big league season later this year, CC Sabathia will call it a career.
While this shouldn’t come as a surprise, it confirms the nearing conclusion of a fantastic career
for the Yankees’ former ace. Sabathia has made it known on multiple occasions that this will be
it for him, notably on an edition of R2C2, his podcast with Yankees announcer Ryan Ruocco,
earlier this offseason. 

Credit: Yahoo Sports

Sabathia signed with the Yankees during the 2008 offseason following an absurd stretch run with
the Brewers, during which he pitched to a 1.65 ERA with 7 (!) complete games over 17 starts. In
his first year with New York, he led the Yanks to a World Series championship with a 1.98
postseason ERA, being named ALCS MVP. He won the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland in
2007 and is a six-time All Star.

The big left-hander has reinvented himself over the past three campaigns, pitching to a 3.76 ERA
while relying more on ‘finesse’ and making outs rather than flat-out overpowering hitters,
something he became known for earlier in his career. 

CC quietly underwent an angioplasty in December, a major cause for concern, in addition to
arthroscopic knee surgery for a third consecutive year. Aaron Boone said on Wednesday that his
recovery is going well and that he will be brought along slowly this spring.

Sabathia is sitting on 246 career wins and 2,986 strikeouts - within striking distance of some of
baseball’s biggest achievements. Only 47 pitchers in MLB history have reached 250 wins, and a
mere 16 have K’d 3,000. Once eligible in 2025, he will bring an interesting case to Cooperstown,
one likely to result in eventual enshrinement.

CC has been a fan favorite since he arrived as well as a rock in the clubhouse for his leadership and the way he stands up for his teammates. Fans and teammates alike will now be given the chance to salute a great Yankee as he makes his way through his final season.

Article by Christian DeMoro 


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