Major League Baseball will say farewell to CC Sabathia, as the New York Yankees pitcher will be honored at the All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Another New York Yankee is headed to Cleveland for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox).
Starting pitcher CC Sabathia will be honored during the game’s 90th edition at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Sabathia, 38, is set to retire after this season. The announcement was made in a statement released by MLB.
“We are delighted that CC and his family will join us in Cleveland, where his Major League career began,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). “We look forward to celebrating his many accomplishments during our All-Star Game festivities.”
Sabathia’s career will come full circle with this honor. The left-hander was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians and played the first eight seasons of his career with the team.
Though Sabathia will not partake in the game itself, the Yankees will still have four representatives on hand for the American League’s squad. Infielder DJ LeMahieu and catcher Gary Sanchez were named starters via the fan vote, while closer Aroldis Chapman will come out of the bullpen. Infielder Gleyber Torres was also named an injury replacement for Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Sabathia was drafted by the Indians with the 20th pick of the 1998 draft. He made his Cleveland debut in 2001 and went on to tally 1,265 strikeouts (currently sixth in team history). Also on his Cleveland resume were three All-Star appearances and the 2007 AL Cy Young Award (19-7, 3.21 ERA, 241 innings, 209 strikeouts).
The Indians traded Sabathia to Milwaukee in 2008 and he signed with the Yankees in the ensuing offseason. He has obtained a 5-4 record this season with a 4.04 ERA. Sabathia has been an integral piece in the Yankees’ success since his 2009 debut, when he helped them win their 27th and most recent World Series. He currently ranks fourth in Yankees strikeouts (1,659) and 10th in wins (134).
Sabathia will make his final start before the All-Star break on Saturday afternoon in the Yankees third tilt of a four-game set in Tampa Bay (4:10 p.m. ET, YES).