Skinny CC Sabathia has been one of the most discussed topics at New York Yankees training camp this month, and deservedly so. Sabathia looks like he has lost a ton of weight, which is something he says he committed to doing after his cousin died young because of heart disease.
If you thought CC was barely recognizable in jeans and a hoodie, have a look at him in his baseball uniform. Sabathia has always been known to wear baggy clothes, but he sure did look slender while getting some work in on Friday.
Sabathia lost a lot of velocity on his fastball when he shed some weight heading into last season, but he said he did not go about the weight loss the way he should have. While it’s always nice to see such a big guy slim down a bit, Yankees fans are probably nervous about how Sabathia’s new body will respond on the mound.
CC Sabathia on Friday responded to people on the internet going crazy over his new, skinnier, healthier look, by dismissing the concerns and saying he thinks it’s funny. Sabathia also said that the reason he got serious about his weight loss was because he saw a cousin die young of heart disease.
“During the offseason, I decided to lose the weight to be around my family, be around my kids,” Sabathia told ESPN New York. “I had a cousin pass away that was pretty young from heart disease, so it was just really about that.”
Sabathia’s cousin, Demetrius Davis, died two years ago at 45, inspiring CC to get healthy. The Yankees pitcher told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews that he’s lost weight by cutting out carbs and exercising more.
The former Cy Young Award winner now weighs 275 pounds, which is not all that much given his large, 6-foot-7 frame. He lost a lot of weight before last season, which many feel was part of the reason his average fastball velocity dropped to 91 mph. Sabathia admitted that he did not go about the weight loss properly last year and that he physically was not ready to play.
“I lost a lot of weight, but I wasn’t physically ready to go out and play. So this year was just all about training and getting ready to play.”
Sabathia has acknowledged that a lot of people are made at him for getting so skinny, because many Yankees fans feel it will be at a detriment to his pitching. Sabathia told ESPN NY he thinks that’s “hilarious.”
I’ll tell you what’s not hilarious: Sabathia’s career-worst 4.78 ERA last season.
CC Sabathia is looking pretty skinny
CC Sabathia is barely recognizable these days
CC Sabathia — or what’s left of what used to be CC Sabathia — is barely recognizable these days.
The New York Yankees pitcher shared the above photo on his Twitter account Wednesday, and it shows him looking as thin as ever. You remember all those fat jokes we used to make about CC? Talking about how CC stood for Cap’N Crunch or cream cheese? Shoot, now I feel like telling the dude to stuff a few double bacon cheeseburgers in his mouth just so he looks healthy. He almost looks too skinny right about now.
I seriously wonder how much this will affect his pitching. Dude needs some meat on them bones.
Previously: CC Sabathia is looking pretty skinny
Photo: Twitter/CC Sabathia
H/T Hardball Talk
One of the main concerns the New York Yankees had when they signed CC Sabathia to a massive contract is his size. The 33-year-old left-hander has been generously listed at 290 pounds over the past few seasons, but anyone who has watched him knows he has climbed over 300 before. At the moment, Sabathia looks like he could be below the 290 mark.
Sabathia and his wife Amber attended a wedding over the weekend, and Amber shared a couple photos of a slim-looking CC. Sabathia also posted a photo on his Instagram last week of him hanging out with the cast of “Entourage.”
CC Sabathia is now a part of “La Familia.”
The New York Yankees ace has signed with Jay-Z’s sports agency — Roc Nation Sports — both parties announced via Twitter on Thursday night:
Once you get past the velvet drapes, candles and Starbursts, you have to wonder how much Jay-Z will be able to do for CC. Sabathia is signed with the Yankees for the next three seasons and has an option for 2017.
I can’t imagine Sabathia signed in Jan. 2014 to gear up for his big free agency push in 2016. Maybe Jay-Z has some marketing plans for the big guy.
Sabathia now joins Robinson Cano as baseball players signed with Jay-Z. Their other sports clients include Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz and Geno Smith. There are a lot of athletes with New York ties there.
CC Sabathia has not been an ace for the New York Yankees this season. He has three losses, one win and one no-decision in his past five starts. Sabathia’s ERA has climbed to 4.37, and his start against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night was one of his worst of the season.
Sabathia went five innings at Fenway Park, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs after the Yankees spotted him an early 3-0 lead. After the game, the left-hander made no excuses.
“I suck,” Sabathia said, via the NY Daily News. “I wish I had an excuse or something. It sucks. It’s embarrassing. But you have to try to work through it, figure something out and start trying to help this team instead of hurting it.”
At a time when New York’s hitting lineup has been demolished by the injury bug, the team needs solid pitching now more than ever. Their $24 million-per-year pitcher should be the least of the Yankees’ worries, but Sabathia has seemingly gotten worse as the season progresses.
Sabathia has allowed a career-worst 23 home runs this season, and the year is far from over. There have been starts where he has kept New York in the game and gotten no run support because of the Yankees’ depleted lineup, but Sunday night wasn’t one of those instances.
“We didn’t struggle today,” Sabathia said. “We scored seven runs and not being able to win that game is unacceptable.”
Alex Rodriguez has also suffered another setback in rehab and is expected to miss 7-10 more days with a strained quad. With players like Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira on the shelf, the Yankees need someone to step up and be their rock. Sabathia is a good candidate for that role, but he has been anything but this season.
After putting together an outstanding June and emerging as one of the best teams in baseball, the news was not good for the Yankees on Wednesday. In the span of about 24 hours, New York lost both Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia to the disabled list. Sabathia’s injury is believed to be only a strained muscle in his leg that should cause him to miss two starts. Pettitte, on the other hand, suffered a broken ankle and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
At age 40 and coming off a year in which he didn’t pitch at all, Pettitte had somehow managed to become a rock in the Yankees’ rotation before going down. He has a 3.22 ERA and pitched six or more innings in every start except his most recent one where he suffered the injury. New York has become as reliant on him this season as they were in the early 2000s. And Sabathia is, well, Sabathia.
So what do these injuries mean for the AL East going forward? The good news for the Yankees is the season is young. Assuming Sabathia only misses two turns in the rotation, New York still has the option of pursuing trade options at the deadline to fill in for Pettitte. However, with the way the Orioles have played this season there is not much margin for error in the division.
The Red Sox are also slowly making a charge. They have won 11 of their last 14 games and are catching fire at the perfect time with Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Bailey all set to come off the DL over the next month. While other teams will be looking to make trades to improve around the deadline, Boston can stand pat and simply get healthy. With all five teams in the AL East currently above .500, Pettitte’s injury could turn out to be a significant blow to New York.
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If you don’t think C.C. Sabathia is serious about staying in better shape and keeping the weight off this season, well, I can’t say I blame you. What I can tell you is that it appears he is already making an effort. According to the Star-Ledger, Sabathia has been bringing his own meals to Yankees camp in a brown paper bag — elementary school style. The reason? Controlling how much he eats.
Sabathia said doing it this way helps with portion control. Today’s breakfast offering was sausage and eggs and came in a container about the size of a small TV dinner. It’s also easy for Sabathia to direct his chef to prepare healthier offerings when needed.
“A lot of guys do it,” said Sabathia, who admitted that poor eating habits helped contribute to his weight gain last year. “It just sort of happened that it could work out this way.”
On second thought, maybe it isn’t elementary school style. Our moms and dads did a decent job of making our school lunches for us, but they probably don’t add the flare that C.C.’s personal chef adds. After all, he is probably being paid good money to prepare these mobile meals.
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Brian Cashman and the Yankees approached Sabathia recently to talk about his weight. Many believe he was out of shape after the All-Star break last season, which contributed to his performance faltering a bit. Skipping the buffet line and not joining his teammates when they go out to eat is probably a good place to start.
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In order to assure C.C. Sabathia that he was a part of the Yankees’ long-term plans and their ace of the future, New York added an extra year and another $30 million to his contract. Sabathia is the rock of the Yankees’ staff and they certainly could not afford to lose him. C.C., however, could afford to lose something — weight. He won 19 games and finished tied for third in the A.L. Cy Young voting last season, but Sabathia showed some signs of slowing down in the second half of the year.
The Yankees’ ace gained weight as the 2011 season progressed, and G.M. Brian Cashman would not rule out the possibility that the extra pounds contributed to his faltering performance.
“I can’t tell you it did or didn’t (affect Sabathia),” Cashman said according to ESPNNewYork.com. “I just know we thought it was important enough to have the conversation because obviously in the second half he got bigger after the All-Star break.
“You wonder, is it the excess weight, is it just the season, is it because he had that knee surgery? No one has those answers. The best you can do is try to eliminate possibilities.”
Sabathia, who says he is back down to 290 pounds after losing 10 or 15, was not offended by the conversation. In fact, he acknowledged that it is important for him to do a better job of working on his conditioning.
“I just got to make sure I stay with Dana (Cavalea, the team strength and conditioning coach), do the right things on the road, make sure I eat the right things in the clubhouse,” C.C. said. “So that shouldn’t be hard.”
Sabathia is a power pitcher, so his size is part of what has made him so effective over the years. At age 31, however, he and the Yankees have to keep the weight issue in check to avoid injury. As the years pass, C.C.’s lower body will have a tougher time withstanding the size of his upper body. Unless he makes staying in shape a focal point, he could be at risk of having to fight through a number of nagging injuries.
You know how when people lose weight other people tell them how great they look and it makes them feel even better? Brian Cashman is not one of those other people. Either that or Buster Olney’s sources lie to him. Olney recently Tweeted that a source told him C.C. Sabathia lost 30 pounds this offseason and looks great. Cashman said that’s a load of b.s.
According to Hardball Talk, Cashman told ESPN that he has seen Sabathia in person and there’s no way he lost 30 pounds. “I don’t believe it,” he said. “I saw him at the B.A.T. dinner and he didn’t look like he lost 30 pounds to me. Maybe half that amount. We haven’t weighed him so I don’t now where that number comes from.”
It should be noted that Cashman went on to talk about how Sabathia is a tremendous athlete and has done a good job of keeping the weight under control, but am I the only one getting the impression that the Yankees GM is becoming bitter? The Yankees are still an obvious contender, but Cashman missed out on Cliff Lee and did nothing noteworthy to bolster the starting rotation this winter. When New York brought in one of the top relievers on the market, Cashman was quick to note that he wasn’t in favor of the signing.
Maybe he’s sick of the big market spotlight and wants to try his hand at a small market team. Maybe we’re reading too much into it. Either way, it hasn’t been an offseason to brag about for Brian Cashman.