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10 MLB players on track to reach the Hall of Fame

Clayton Kershaw

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.

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CC Sabathia will reportedly announce plans to retire after 2019

CC Sabathia

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.

CC Sabathia underwent heart procedure, expected to recover fully

CC Sabathia

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.

CC Sabathia understands Raiders leaving Oakland, ‘disgusting’ Coliseum

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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.”

The anecdotal evidence about the Coliseum backs Sabathia up here. The Raiders never managed to land a new Bay Area stadium, and should find a much nicer environment when they move to Las Vegas.

CC Sabathia agrees to $8 million deal to remain with Yankees

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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.

The 38-year-old went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA last season. That was almost a duplication of his 2017 season in which he went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA.

Sabathia has learned how to become effective even with his decline in average fastball velocity. He has primarily become a slider/cutter pitcher now, according to Fangraphs.

Yankees want to retain CC Sabathia

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CC Sabathia intends to pitch another season, and the New York Yankees hope it’s with them.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted Monday that the Yankees would like to bring Sabathia back, and the feeling is believed to be mutual despite him hitting free agency.

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.

CC Sabathia has epic amounts of candy on hand for Halloween

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It’s safe to say CC Sabathia is ready for Halloween.

In a picture posted by the star pitcher’s wife Amber, Sabathia’s house was filled with boxes full of candy for anyone who shows up.

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.

CC Sabathia absolutely rips ‘terrible’ Angel Hernandez after Game 4 loss

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CC Sabathia went in on umpire Angel Hernandez after his New York Yankees lost Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday night.

Sabathia pitched and took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in three innings against the Boston Red Sox.

Sabathia was furious with Hernandez after the game, calling the umpire “terrible” and expressing frustration that he was assigned a playoff series.

The complaints from Sabathia may come across as sour grapes, but a number of people in the MLB community will agree with him. Not only that, but Sabathia has history with Hernandez, as he yelled at him during a game in April.

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.

CC Sabathia suspended for start of 2019 over altercation with Rays

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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.

Sabathia cost himself a good amount of cash with his actions, too, but not as part of a fine. Despite the repercussions, he’ll probably still feel it was worth it.

Rays OF respects Sabathia for protecting teammate with retaliatory HBP

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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.

Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez says he now has more respect for Sabathia for standing up for his teammates and protecting his players.

If the Yankees really want to make a statement, they’ll pay Sabathia his bonus anyway.