New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia took to Twitter to release a final farewell to the game of baseball after 19 seasons.
The long and storied career of CC Sabathia is finally over. On Monday morning, the New York Yankees left-hander officially announced his retirement from baseball. Fans had known this was going to be his final season, but after the Yankees were eliminated on Saturday, Sabathia released a statement via Twitter.
Thank you, Baseball. pic.twitter.com/o4lGeQi3uJ
— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) October 21, 2019
Sabathia ended the announcement by saying, “I’m going to miss going out there on the mound and competing, but it’s time to say farewell. Thank you, Baseball.”
The potential Hall of Famer spent 11 seasons with the Yankees. He was part of the 2009 World Series team that ousted the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. Sabathia also pitched for the Cleveland Indians from 2001-2008 and spent part of the 2008 season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Thus, Sabathia finishes his career with a record of 251-161, an ERA of 3.74, and a WHIP of 1.259, striking out 3,093 batters in the process. He’s also a six-time All-Star, a one-time Cy Young Award winner (2007), and a two-time MLB wins leader (2009 and 2010).
In his final season, Sabathia posted a record of 5-8 with an ERA of 4.95 and a WHIP of 1.407. He struck out 107 batters and walked 39.
The Yanks’ season fell short of a World Series title for the 10th year in a row. The Houston Astros eliminated them in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 6 of the ALCS. Second baseman José Altuve smacked a two-run walk-off home run off of closer Aroldis Chapman to advance to the Fall Classic.