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.
CC Sabathia is having a press conference Saturday. Told that nothing dramatic has changed because of his health; he’s still pitching this year. Yankees aren’t confirming this, but it’s likely a chance to make official what he already said about retirement after 2019.
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.
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia underwent an unexpected procedure this offseason, and it had nothing to do with his pitching arm.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic revealed on Friday that Sabathia began experiencing symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, and increased perspiration earlier this month, and doctors determined he had a blockage in one of the arteries leading to his heart. He was admitted to the hospital to undergo a fairly common procedure called an angioplasty, where a stent is inserted into the affected artery.
While any procedure involving the heart is a cause for concern, Sabathia is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. Doctors say he will have no limitations when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February. Had the condition gone unnoticed, Sabathia’s agent says he would have been at risk of having a heart attack.
Other than having to alter his offseason workout plans for about a month, Sabathia is not expected to be impacted. One source close to him said he already feels a “night and day” difference physically after having the stent inserted.
Sabathia, 38, signed an $8 million deal this offseason to remain with the Yankees. The left-hander went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA last season.
Bay Area native CC Sabathia doesn’t want to see the Raiders leave Oakland, but he gets it.
The New York Yankees pitcher is a fan and doesn’t want to see his city lose one of its professional teams. However, speaking as a pro athlete who’s played at the Coliseum many times, he’s well aware that the venue is, in his words, “disgusting.”
CC Sabathia on the Raiders leaving Oakland: "It sucks as a fan because I'm from the Bay Area and we're losing a team, but as an athlete, I know what that Coliseum is like and it's disgusting in there." https://t.co/YUI88PMGiW
CC Sabathia is returning to the New York Yankees for the 2019 season on a one-year deal.
The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports that Sabathia is getting an $8 million deal, pending a physical. Sherman says Sabathia wanted to get the deal done quickly.
I hear #Yankees and CC Sabathia are working thru final details of what, when finalized, would be a 1-yr, $8M deal. Hear Sabathia, in planned last season, didn't want to look around, wanted to quickly work out something with NYY.
Sabathia posted a 3.65 ERA for the Yankees in 29 starts last season, so he can still get it done, even if he’s not an ace anymore. The Yankees may well go for a big-name starter this winter, but that doesn’t preclude a potential Sabathia return.
Sabathia made $10 million in 2018. Might as well go heavy on the Halloween candy.
We’re guessing there’s one person who would probably be turned away from the Sabathia household, but other than that, it looks like a real free-for-all.
Sabathia is about to enter free agency and plans to continue pitching. The 38-year-old posted a 3.65 ERA in 2018, and he still managed to pick up 153 innings for the Yankees. His future with the organization, however, remains unclear.
Hernandez had five calls reviewed during the series, with four being overturned. He made some questionable calls behind the plate on balls and strikes Tuesday night, but on the few times we cross-checked his calls with MLB.com’s Gameday, his calls mostly seemed good.
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has avoided any postseason punishment, but he will be serving a suspension next season.
Sabathia retaliated against Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre after a pitch was thrown near the head of Yankee catcher Austin Romine on Thursday. Sabathia hit Sucre and was immediately ejected, and he’s been suspended for the first five games of 2019 as a result, pending an appeal.
Tampa Bay #Rays pitcher gets 3-game suspension for throwing near the head of #Yankees Austin Romine; #Yankees starter CC Sabathia gets 5-game suspension for retaliating and throwing at Jesus Sucre. Sabathia is appealing the penalty.
CC Sabathia earned respect not only within the New York Yankees’ clubhouse for his retaliatory pitch thrown on Thursday, but also from the opposing team.
Sabathia hit Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre with the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning and was ejected. The Yankees pitcher decided to hit Sucre as retaliation for the Rays throwing at Austin Romine in the top half of the inning.
Sabathia’s ejection for hitting Sucre prevented him from reaching a $500,000 bonus for pitching 150 innings on the season — a mark he was two innings shy of achieving. The southpaw pitcher said he did it because he felt it was the right thing to do, even if it cost him a bonus.
Sabathia on possibly costing himself the $500,000 bonus: "I don’t really make decisions based on money I guess. Just felt like it was the right thing to do.”
Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez says he now has more respect for Sabathia for standing up for his teammates and protecting his players.
Sabathia even got support in the Rays clubhouse. Said Carlos Gomez: "I have a lot of respect for CC & if he feels he should need to hit somebody & he did it, I have more respect because he protects his players. That's how the game is supposed to be played. You protect your guys."