Tony La Russa has faced some criticism this week for not defending his own player amid an “unwritten rules” controversy, and no one is more angry over the Chicago White Sox manager’s handling of the situation than CC Sabathia.
Sabathia, who hosts the “R2C2” podcast with Ryan Ruocco, absolutely shredded La Russa this week. He defended White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes for belting a home run on a 3-0 count in a blowout game, blaming the Minnesota Twins for putting a position player in to pitch. Sabathia then said La Russa is “out of touch with the game” and should not be managing a team.
“You’ve got a rookie who has basically been carrying your whole f—ing team these first six weeks of the season,” Sabathia said. “This guy’s been carrying you. And now you don’t have a problem with the weird a– Minnesota Twins throwing behind one of your biggest hitters? That’s just f—ing stupid.
“He shouldn’t be f—ing managing that team. If you’re not going to step up and have your player’s back, what’s the point of being the manager of the f—ing White Sox?”
Sabathia also bashed the Twins for throwing behind Mercedes (video here) a day after his home run. You can hear the former pitcher’s full remarks below, but beware that the clip contains inappropriate language.
La Russa said Mercedes would face consequences for swinging away on a 3-0 count in the ninth inning of a blowout. The 76-year-old then said he had no problem with the Twins retaliating the next night by throwing behind Mercedes.
White Sox players have since come to Mercedes’ defense, but La Russa had a savage response for one of them.
CC Sabathia is looking as fit as ever.
The New York Yankees shared a few photos of Sabathia at the team’s summer camp Tuesday, and the former ace looks incredible.
Sabathia even joked about a “comeback” when retweeting the Yankees’ photos.
Now 39, Sabathia was listed at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds during his playing career. He experimented with slimming down during his career but actually experienced his worst ERA in 2013 and 2014 when he got skinny. He later decided that weighing around 300 pounds was ideal for his pitching career.
Sabathia is working with the Yankees as a special adviser. The six-time All-Star expressed his desire to be around the team and help out young players.
CC Sabathia appears to have waited until after he retired from playing baseball to get into the best shape of his life.
Sabathia retired following the 2019 season, and it would appear he has been on a mission to greatly improve his physical health since then. A photo surfaced on social media Monday that shows the former New York Yankees star looking almost unrecognizable from the waist down.
Sabathia underwent a heart procedure prior to the 2019 season, so it’s possible that health scare motivated him to get into better shape. Whatever the reason, he looks tremendous.
There were points during Sabathia’s career where he looked quite slim, but he weighed over 300 pounds several years ago with the Yankees and claimed he had a good reason for getting that big. The 2020 version of Sabathia looks a lot healthier than the one we saw on the mound throughout much of his outstanding career.
Major League Baseball is exploring the idea of allowing top-seeded playoff teams to choose their opponents for a postseason series, and CC Sabathia is among those who would love to see it.
Sabathia said on his podcast this week that he would take it personally if an opponent chose to face him in the playoffs, which is the exact type of attitude that would make the system great. The left-hander said he would welcome someone choosing to face him so he could “shove it up your a– now.”
MLB is exploring some radical changes, and allowing higher seeds to choose their opponent has been one of the more popular proposals. It would add to the drama of a series for obvious reasons.
We’ve already shared our plan to fix the MLB playoffs and regular season, and we’re on board with the idea of letting the top seed choose their opponent. Sabathia’s view on it is exactly why it would be so entertaining.
CC Sabathia isn’t doing much to hide his disgust toward the Houston Astros or the team’s response to the cheating scandal.
At the team’s fan event on Saturday, many Astros players made their first public comments on the matter since the team was disciplined for electronic sign stealing. Most would not comment on the allegations and refused to offer any apology.
Jose Altuve, however, said the Astros were undeterred and essentially promised another World Series appearance in 2020.
Newly-retired Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia did not seem convinced. He posted an image of Altuve walking to home plate through a metal detector, with an even more savage caption.
Few players have been more vocally critical than the Astros than Sabathia. He was part of the Yankees teams that lost to both Houston and Boston in 2017 and 2018, respectively. It’s easy to understand why he’s bitter.
Sabathia makes it clear that he thinks a good part of Houston’s success is attributed to sign stealing. Houston’s success — or how much of it the team has — will be a huge storyline worth watching in 2020.
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Two of the last three World Series champions have been linked to a major sign stealing scandal that has erupted within Major League Baseball, and CC Sabathia can’t help but feel personally impacted by the acts.
Sabathia’s New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 ALCS and the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS the following year. We already know the Astros are guilty of using electronic equipment in an elaborate sign stealing scheme back in 2017, and MLB is investigating the Red Sox for similar violations during their 2018 championship season. In an appearance on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” Tuesday night, Sabathia said he feels “cheated” now that the allegations have been confirmed.
“As everything’s been coming out and the more facts that we get, it’s getting frustrating, man, to sit here and know that late in my career I could’ve had a title, maybe ’17 or maybe ’18,” Sabathia said, as transcribed by ESPN. “But we got cheated out of a team kind of doing something that’s not within the rules of the game.”
The Yankees lost to the Astros in seven games, and Sabathia started Game 7. All four of the losses in the series came at Minute Maid Park, which is where Houston had set up a video monitor outside its dugout to help steal signals from opponents via a center field camera feed. Sabathia said the fact that the series was so close makes the cheating harder for him to swallow.
“When I first heard it, I was upset, and then as investigations went on … I was like, well, we can’t go back and play the games,” he said. “But as more information started to come out, I’m like, we played a seven-game series in 2017, ALCS, and we lost really on kind of like one pitch.”
Like many others, Sabathia feels even the $5 million fine, loss of draft picks, and season-long suspensions of former Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were not enough. He wants Houston to vacate its 2017 World Series title. Considering who MLB painted as the mastermind behind the cheating with the Astros, Sabathia may soon feel the same way about the Red Sox.
CC Sabathia’s MLB career may effectively be over, but nobody can ever question his heart.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the New York Yankees lefty said that he subluxed his shoulder on a pitch to Aledmys Diaz in the eighth inning of the team’s 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros in ALCS Game 4 on Thursday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports pointed out that Sabathia remained in the game to face the next batter, George Springer, meaning that he threw three pitches with a partially separated shoulder.
The ex-Cy Young winner was unable to finish Springer’s at-bat, so Jonathan Loaisiga had to enter the game and wound up striking Springer out. But as for Sabathia’s three pitches on a ripped shoulder? 91, 80, and 88 miles per hour.
That may have been the last appearance of the six-time All-Star’s illustrious career, and if this indeed the end, Sabathia, 39, can truthfully say that he gave everything to the game that he possibly had to give.
CC Sabathia’s final career appearance may have come in Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday night and ended in injury.
Sabathia made a relief appearance in Game 4 with his team down 7-3 to the Houston Astros. He got two outs, hit a batter, and had George Springer 2-1 before getting hurt. Team trainer Steve Donahue came out for a mound visit and the lefty tried to make one throw. The throw did not go well, so Sabathia left the mound.
Game 5 on Friday is scheduled to be the Yankees’ last home game of the series, making this potentially Sabathia’s last home appearance of his career and possibly the last pitching appearance of his career. This was his second appearance of the postseason.
Sabathia was 5-8 with a 4.95 ERA this season but is one of the most accomplished pitchers of the past two decades.
A pair of umpires tossed New York Yankees left and right during Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
The conflict started when Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected by home plate umpire Ben May for an argument over the strike zone. As Boone was winding things down, however, things really got out of hand. First base umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Brett Gardner for banging his bat on the top of the dugout in frustration. In protest of that, Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia — currently on the IL — was also tossed.
A view from behind the dugout shows Cuzzi ejecting Sabathia, though be warned, as there is some inappropriate language.
Gardner getting ejected for banging his bat around seems ridiculous, yet it may not even be his strangest ejection of the season. By doing that, Cuzzi essentially escalated the situation by punishing Gardner for an act that very easily could have been ignored.
Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin later accused May of instigating things.
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.