CC Sabathia has been on the injured list for roughly two weeks with a sore knee, but the left-hander has been given the go-ahead to return to the New York Yankees’ starting rotation.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced on Wednesday that Sabathia will start against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Sabathia had missed a few starts with the same knee inflammation issue he has dealt with dating back to last season. It’s possible he could experience discomfort for the remainder of the year and will have to manage it down the stretch. For now, the Yankees have had a big enough lead in the AL East that they don’t need to take any chances.
Sabathia has pitched decent at times this year and is 5-6 with a 4.78 ERA. With the Yankees having dealt with multiple injuries to their starting rotation, his role has been an important one.
CC Sabathia has a great chance of being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in five years, at which point he will have a decision to make — New York Yankees or Cleveland Indians?
Sabathia confirmed on Monday that he has already made up his mind. During his appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the left-hander said he will wear a Yankees cap into Cooperstown if he’s inducted.
“I think being here now for 11 years and winning the World Series here, I think it will be a Yankee hat,” Sabathia said.
Meyers’ show, of course, is recorded at NBC Studios in New York. The host joked with Sabathia that he would probably give a different response if he was sitting in front of an audience in Cleveland.
“I feel like grew up there. I have a lot of history in Cleveland, and I feel like this is my second home,” Sabathia responded.
Sabathia could make a case for wearing either a Yankees or Indians cap. He spent the first seven-plus seasons of his career in Cleveland and made three All-Star appearances, winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2007. He then spent part of the 2008 season with the Milwaukee Brewers before winding up in the Bronx, where he was named an All-Star three more times and won a World Series in 2009.
Multiple players who were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year decided not to feature a logo on their cap, so that would also be an option for Sabathia. However, he apparently feels his years with the Yankees were more instrumental in building a resume that most can agree is fit for Cooperstown.
The New York Yankees have dealt with a number of injuries to their starting rotation this season, and CC Sabathia is the latest to wind up on the shelf.
On Sunday, the Yankees announced that Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his right knee.
This has been a lingering issue for Sabathia. The 39-year-old has been placed on the IL with knee inflammation several times dating back to last season, so it’s something that probably always bothers him and needs rest from time to time.
Sabathia has pitched decent at times this year and is 5-6 with a 4.78 ERA. Luis Severino has yet to pitch this season because of an arm injury, and that is part of the reason the Yankees are interested in upgrading their starting rotation prior to the July 31 trade deadline. Sabathia’s lingering knee issues have probably contributed to that reported interest as well.
CC Sabathia and Avisail Garcia got into it during the New York Yankees’ 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. After the game, Sabathia said it was all a “misunderstanding.”
Sabathia got Garcia to strike out looking with a runner on second to end the top of the sixth. Garcia seemed to be upset with the call as the breaking ball looked outside.
Garcia seemed surprised that Sabathia was upset with him and was questioning the Yankees pitcher. Sabathia had to be held back, while players spilled onto the field from the dugouts.
After the game, Sabathia dismissed the incident.
If anything, this is just a reminder of how quick of a trigger Sabathia can have while he’s pitching. He’s intense and in the moment, so he’s never hesitating to stand up to a hitter. Plus, he has history with the Rays.
Rays shortstop Willy Adames thinks Sabathia just happens to have a dominating attitude.
Sabathia took a no-decision in the outing. His Yankees came back with six runs in the eighth to win 8-3.
Major League Baseball will honor CC Sabathia at the 2019 All-Star Game festivities in Cleveland, the league announced Friday.
In a statement, MLB said that Sabathia will be honored for his contributions to the game as he plays his final season.
Sabathia has received some neat honors as he plays out his final season. This one should be particularly special for him. It’s even better that the festivities are taking place in Cleveland, the city in which Sabathia started his MLB career and rose to stardom. He’d probably prefer to have made it as a player, but this is a pretty cool honor as well.
CC Sabathia has announced he will retire after the 2019 season, and his longtime teammate Robinson Cano presented the left-hander with an awesome farewell gift when the Yankees and Mets got together for their subway series earlier this week.
Roc Nation Sports, the agency that represents Cano, shared a photo and video on Twitter of Cano giving Sabathia a custom piece of artwork, which pays tribute to Sabathia’s 250 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and his family.
As you might expect, it seemed to mean a great deal to Sabathia.
Teams and players often give gifts to stars who are playing out their final seasons, but that painting is one of the more thoughtful ones we have seen.
CC Sabathia has seen it all in his nearly two decades in the league, including multiple branches of baseball family trees.
The New York Yankees veteran lefty started and won on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays, a team featuring 24-year-old Cavan Biggio and 19-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. After the game, Sabathia joked that facing those guys meant that it was time for him to retire, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Sabathia, who turns 39 next month, began his MLB career in 2001. In other words, he faced both of the aforementioned players’ fathers (Craig Biggio, who retired in 2007, and Vladimir Guerrero, who played until 2011) AND stuck around long enough to pitch against both the sons as well.
The former Cy Young winner is widely expected to retire after the season, and Monday gave Sabathia another reminder of just how long he has been playing.
ESPN made a pretty glaring graphical error when reviewing the career of CC Sabathia on Sunday Night Baseball.
During the Sunday night telecast, the broadcast ran a montage of some of Sabathia’s most notable career numbers, combined with various pictures of the Yankee left-hander. The one problem: one of the pictures used was not of Sabathia, but rather of outfielder Aaron Hicks.
It’s not tough to tell immediately that something is wrong here, and Yankee fans watching the game pointed it out right away. These things do happen sometimes, but you’d really think someone would have caught this one before it made it to air.
Though their careers aren’t yet over, there are a number of MLB players who have likely already done enough to punch their ticket to the Hall of Fame after they quit playing. There are other young players who have started promisingly, but a handful of veterans have really stood out and put together resumes that will be hard to deny when their names come up on the Hall of Fame ballot after their retirement. Some are still producing at a high level, while some are not, but all of them should be treasured as long as they are still entertaining us with their talents.
Here are ten active MLB players who warrant strong Hall of Fame consideration — if they haven’t all but clinched it already.
10. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees
Sabathia has a clear Hall of Fame case, but it’s a somewhat murky one. His peak was certainly good enough, but his 3.69 career ERA is somewhat high for a Hall of Famer. And, despite some memorable postseason exploits, he doesn’t have the playoff resume to stand out, either, and only won the Cy Young once. Still, it’s easy to see how Sabathia gets in. His longevity and consistency ensure he should get to 250 wins, and he’s already surpassed 3,000 strikeouts. Plus, his history of clutch pitching — including his stretch run with Milwaukee — could play on voters’ minds.
CC Sabathia posted a video on social media back in November revealing that 2019 will be his last season in Major League Baseball, and the veteran lefty is expected to confirm those plans in a press conference this weekend.
Sabathia has scheduled a press conference for Saturday, and SNY’s Andy Martino reports that he will formally announce his plan to retire following the upcoming season.
Sabathia, 38, proved last season that he can still be an effective pitcher even though he has lost velocity. He posted a 9-7 record with a 3.65 ERA in 29 regular season starts, though he was shaky with three earned runs in three innings in his lone postseason appearance against the Boston Red Sox.
Earlier this offseason, Sabathia had a health scare when he had to undergo an unexpected heart procedure. That condition is not expected to impact his availability in 2019, and it actually sounds like he would have called it a career last season if the results were better for the Yankees.
Sabathia has a career record of 246-153 and needs just 14 more strikeouts to become the 17th pitcher in MLB history with 3,000 or more K’s. He has a great chance of making the Hall of Fame.