CC Sabathia began throwing in the MLB in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians. At the end of the 2019 season, Sabathia will be hanging up his cleats for good.
The 38-year-old from Vallejo, California was selected in the first round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He was 20th overall. Throughout his career, he has spent time with the Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees.
Sabathia spent eight seasons with Cleveland, one with Milwaukee and 10 with New York. This will be his 11th season with the Yankees.
During his time with the Yankees, Sabathia had seasons in 2009 and 2010 where he picked up 19 and 21 wins respectively. His 21 wins were a career high. His record entering this season is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA.
Entering this season, Sabathia has thrown for 3470 innings in his career. He has one Cy Young Award, One World Series ring and an ALCS MVP. Sabathia is also a six-time all-star. He will start this season with a suspension after throwing at a batter in September of 2018. He is allowed to pitch April 3rd, which would be against the Detroit Tigers.
Sabathia’s official announcement from Major League Baseball will reportedly come Saturday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Sabathia is on a one-year contract with the Yankees, worth $8 million this season. He signed it in early November. There were rumblings that Sabathia signed a one-year contract because he planned on retiring and now those reports are coming true.
This will be his final season and Sabathia has a lot to play for. Of course, the Yankees are in a place to contend for another World Series title. However, there are some personal milestones that must be on the radar of Sabathia.
The lefty is 14 strikeouts short of 3000 for his career and four wins shy of 250 victories over his career. According to CBS Sports, there are nine pitchers with at least 3000 strikeouts and 250 wins and eight of them are in the hall of fame. The missing link to make that list complete is former Yankee Roger Clemens.