By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia has officially announced his retirement. He has hinted that this would be his final season throughout the year.
Even when he was injured in the American League Championship Series, he said he did not believe he would ever pitch again. The Yankees were defeated by the Houston Astros in Game Six of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Saturday night.
“It all started in Vallejo, CA in my grandma’s backyard throwing grapefruits at a folding chair,” Sabathia said. “I could have never imaged how much this game has meant to me since. Through the ups and downs, baseball has always been my home. From Cleveland, to Milwaukee, New York, and everywhere in between, I’m so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present. All I ever wanted was to be a great teammate and win.
“I’m so proud of this year’s team, we fought til the end. Love you guys! I’m going to miss going out there on the mound and competing, but it’s time to say farewell. Thank you, Baseball.”
The 39-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 1998 MLB Draft. He played 19 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Yankees.
He spent the last 11 seasons with the Yankees. He went 251 of 161 with a 3.74 ERA in 561 appearances, including 561 starts. Sabathia had 38 complete games and 12 shutouts.
He allowed 1,623 runs (1,485 earned runs), including 382 home runs, on 3,404 hits in 3,577 1/3 innings in the regular season. He had 3,093 strikeouts and 1,099 walks.