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.”
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
CC Sabathia was ejected on Thursday from what will be his final start of the regular season, and the left-hander may have cost himself a massive bonus in the process.
Sabathia entered the game between the Yankees and Rays with 148 innings pitched on the year. His contract for 2018 has an incentive that would have paid him $500,000 if he pitched 155 innings, so he needed to get through seven innings to secure the bonus. He never got there, as he was ejected in the bottom of the sixth for plunking Rays catcher Jesus Sucre in the leg.
The pitch came after Tampa reliever Andrew Kittredge threw a ball behind Yankees catcher Austin Romine’s head, which inspired the home plate umpire to warn both sides. Sabathia was seen yelling in Kittredge’s direction after the pitch behind Romine, and the 38-year-old hit Sucre with the very first pitch in the next frame. As you can see near the end of the video above, Sabathia appeared to yell, “That’s for you, b—c,” at Kittredge as he left the field.
The Yankees are still unsure of how they are going to proceed in the AL wild-card game and potentially beyond, but they have to love seeing that kind of fire from Sabathia. Perhaps they’ll give him the $500,000 bonus, anyway.
CC Sabathia has proven already this season that he is still more than capable of stringing together quality starts, but that does not mean the left-hander plans to play until he has nothing left in the tank.
Sabathia, who has allowed just one earned run in his past four outings, is a big reason why the New York Yankees are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. And if they end up capping it off with a World Series title, the 37-year-old is planning to call it a career.
“I want one more parade and pretty sure that will be it,” Sabathia told George A. King III of The New York Post over the weekend. “I thought I had it last year.”
While he clearly made the right choice to keep playing this season, Sabathia says he probably would have retired last year had the Yankees won their first championship since 2009.
“That’s what you play for,” he said. “But you got to get it first. … You always want that feeling. It feels like 20 seasons (ago that the Yankees won it all). That’s all you play for.”
Sabathia is 2-0 this season with a 1.39 ERA in six starts. His velocity isn’t quite what it used to be, but the veteran has found ways to adjust accordingly and become less of a strikeout pitcher. When you take into consideration some of the off-field issues he has dealt with in recent years, it’s pretty remarkable that he has been one of the better pitchers in baseball at age 37.