CC Sabathia
Professional baseball player
CC Sabathia
Carsten Charles "CC" Sabathia is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Upon signing with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, Sabathia became the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history. Sabathia played the first seven and a half seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians, where he won the 2007 Cy Young Award.
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O-NO! Yankees shut out for 3rd straight game, fall to Blue Jays - New York Daily News
Google News - 5 months
New York Daily News O-NO! Yankees shut out for 3rd straight game, fall to Blue Jays New York Daily News TORONTO – No matter how you look at it, the math doesn't look good for the Yankees. With zero runs over their past 27 innings, a 2-7 record on the road trip and a four-game deficit with eight games remaining on the schedule, the numbers are adding up ... CC Sabathia the only bright spot on a dark Yankees dayESPN (blog) Bautista hits 20th homer, Blue Jays extend wild card leadUSA TODAY This is likely the nail in Yankees' coffinNew York Post Yahoo Sports (blog) -New York Times -Asbury Park Press all 248 news articles »
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Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and pitcher CC Sabathia attend Rams training camp practice
LATimes - 6 months
Rams tailback Todd Gurley almost didn’t believe his eyes. “I did see CC,” Gurley said in a tone of disbelief after practice Thursday. “I knew I wasn’t tripping. I swear I was like ‘Man, that is CC’ and everybody looked at me like I was crazy.” Manager Joe Girardi, pitcher CC Sabathia and a few...
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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 9 months
Dodgers 3, Giants 2 Justin Turner lined Santiago Casilla's fourth pitch for a tie-breaking home run in the top of the ninth inning, enabling Los Angeles to edge San Francisco in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the National League West. Clayton Kershaw allowed just five hits over eight innings, striking out 13, for his seventh consecutive victory, overcoming a Matt Duffy home run to win for the 10th time in 13 career decisions at AT&T Park. Yankees 4, Tigers 0 CC Sabathia pitched seven innings and the New York Yankees moved over the .500 mark for the first time in nearly two months with a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday Sabathia (4-4) allowed five hits and equaled his longest outing of the season by pitching seven innings for the third time.
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Yankees Win in Sabathia's Return, 8-4 Over Tigers
NYTimes - 11 months
CC Sabathia was grateful to be back on the mound in a regular-season game — even if it meant having to pitch in subfreezing temperatures.
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After Alcohol Rehab, Sabathia Upbeat for Spring Training
NYTimes - about 1 year
CC Sabathia was nervous, scared and didn't know what to expect when he entered an alcohol rehabilitation program last October.
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The Playful Parent
Huffington Post - about 1 year
My children had a play date recently; it was surprising to see how excited the children were to see the mom and me take part in the games. I knew this column needed to be about something that I feel is missing in so many households -- playing with our children. As parents we can get stressed and overwhelmed by our busy schedules. From working full time trying to cram in after-school activities and homework, it seems to leave only the weekends to spend quality time together. Our weekends are pre-booked months in advance with birthday parties, sports games and family dinners. With all of the planned activities, we have to remember to play with our children! Imagine when you were a child -- be the playful parent that you would have wanted growing up. Get outside and run in the grass with your children. Sometimes the time spent outweighs the extravagance of the activity. My favorite playful parent memory thus far is camping with the kids in the back yard, making s'mores and running ba ...
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It's Not Easy Being a Super Mom
Huffington Post - over 1 year
What lies underneath the cape. I have claimed many times that there is no difference between being Wonder Woman and being a mom. We take on so many tasks that only a superhero could complete them all. It's the hardest job, raising an individual and hoping they grow to be the best person they can be. Adding in running a business, being a wife and taking time for yourself is what makes up a Super Mom. Last year, I realized I was doing it all except taking time for myself so I decided to form a charity team to run the New York City Marathon. After running I knew that there was no task I couldn't complete. I ran 26.2 miles all while holding down a household of four children, my business and making sure I had time for a husband, who has a very demanding schedule. The race was Nov. 2, literally two days after Halloween. I had to make sure the traditional Sabathia's Halloween "Pit Stop" was ready for the local trick-or-treaters (we get close to 1,000 kids stopping by) and we all had o ...
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CC Sabathia opens up about alcohol abuse, seeking treatment before Yankees playoff
LATimes - over 1 year
CC Sabathia stunned his teammates with the announcement in October, just before the New York Yankees would play the Houston Astros in a wild-card playoff game, that he would be entering a rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse. On Friday, Sabathia spoke about his drinking habits and making the...
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Sabathia says 'no other option' but alcohol treatment
Yahoo News - over 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he had "no other option" than to leave the team for treatment for alcoholism ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff.
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CC Sabathia Opens Up For First Time Since Entering Rehab
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he had "no other option" than to leave the team for treatment for alcoholism ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff. In his first remarks to media since seeking treatment, Sabathia told ABC "it was just the time." An excerpt from the interview was posted Thursday on ABC's website. The network says the interview will be broadcast Friday on "Good Morning America." Sabathia says, "I know it was a bad time of the season, but there was no other option for me but to get help. And I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people don't understand, but it's a disease." “If it was my knee or if it was anything else, then people wouldn't have a problem with it," he adds. "You know, it being alcoholism, it was tough for people to swallow, but it's the same thing."  The 35-year-old left-hander was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this season, slowed by a chronic knee injury. His drinking reportedly rea ...
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Yankees' Sabathia Checks Into Rehab, Will Miss Postseason
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he was checking himself into an alcohol-rehabilitation center, and will miss the team’s first push into the postseason since 2012.
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"Deflategate" brings new measures for MLB game balls
CBS News - almost 2 years
As CC Sabathia notes, "We can't deflate 'em," but baseball officials are going to be taking extra steps to ensure a fair playing field
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of CC Sabathia
  • 2016
    Age 35
    On May 6, 2016, Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left groin strain.
    More Details Hide Details On May 20, Sabathia recorded his 100th win as a New York Yankee in a 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, going 6 innings allowing 1 run and striking out 8. Despite throwing with his left hand as well as batting from the left, Sabathia is right-handed. Sabathia has five pitches: a cutter (89–92 MPH), a more used two-seam/sinker fastball (88–92 MPH), a curve ball (74-76 MPH), a slider (78–82 MPH), and changeup (82–84 MPH). Once ahead in the count, he primarily uses his changeup to strike out right-handed batters, and his slider to strike out left-handers. He also exhibits good command of his pitches, posting a 5.65 K/BB ratio in 2007. Sabathia holds a lifetime postseason record of 9 wins and 5 losses in 19 games. He has pitched a total of postseason innings, giving up 61 hits, 25 walks and 30 earned runs resulting in a 4.40 ERA. He also struck out 56 batters.
  • 2015
    Age 34
    On October 5, 2015, Sabathia announced that he was checking himself into an alcohol treatment center.
    More Details Hide Details During the previous weekend, Sabathia had been binge drinking in the hotel while the Yankees were on the road in Baltimore, including drinking in the clubhouse after a game that had been cancelled due to rain.
    He pitched to a 2.17 ERA in five starts after returning, including winning the game that clinched the Yankees a playoff berth in the 2015 American League Wild Card Game.
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    During a game against the Angels on June 7, 2015, Sabathia recorded his 2,500th career strikeout but was later ejected along with Joe Girardi for getting into a confrontation with MLB umpire Dan Bellino following a double play.
    More Details Hide Details Sabathia went on the disabled list after leaving the game of August 23 with right knee soreness. He had a 4-9 record with a 5.27 ERA in 24 games started to that point. He returned to the Yankees on September 9 wearing a knee brace.
  • 2014
    Age 33
    Sabathia reported to spring training weighing, as he believed his decreased weight contributed to his poor 2014 season.
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    In only 8 starts in 2014, Sabathia went 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent surgery on July 23 to repair his degenerated knee. Luckily, he did not need microfracture surgery.
    On July 16, it was announced that Sabathia's 2014 season had ended.
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    On May 12, 2014, Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right knee inflammation.
    More Details Hide Details Fluid buildup was detected in the knee and the buildup was drained by a shot with no surgery required. Seeking a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews, he received a stem-cell shot in the knee. Sabathia was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 1 (retroactive to May 11) being sidelined until early to mid-July or later. After making a rehab appearance with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, Sabathia began to experience swelling in his right knee, putting his season in jeopardy. The Yankees projected that Sabathia might need microfracture surgery, which could potentially end his career.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    On October 25, 2012, Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left elbow to remove a bone spur.
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    In the 2012 American League Division Series, Sabathia won the first and fifth (deciding) games against the Baltimore Orioles, but lost Game Four of the ALCS, allowing the Detroit Tigers to sweep the Yankees.
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    Sabathia began the 2012 season with bad footing as he allowed a grand slam by Carlos Peña in his first inning of work on opening day against the Tampa Bay Rays.
    More Details Hide Details He recovered, however, going 9–3 with a 3.55 ERA in his first 14 starts. He threw a complete game against the Atlanta Braves on June 18.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    On October 31, 2011, Sabathia announced via his Twitter account that he would not be exercising his opt-out clause and had signed an extension with the Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details The extension was for an additional year on his original seven-year contract, worth $25 million, along with a $25 million vesting option with a $5 million buyout for the following year. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting after the season.
    Though his contract contained an opt-out clause that allowed him to become a free agent after the 2011 season, Sabathia said he had no intention of exercising it as he loves playing for the New York Yankees and his family loves life in New York.
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    Sabathia recorded his 2,000th career strikeout on September 10, 2011 against Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Sabatha had a 19–8 record, 3.00 ERA, 230 strikeouts, innings pitched and a 1.21 WHIP.
    For his performance in July 2011, Sabathia was named AL Pitcher of the Month.
    More Details Hide Details He posted a 4–1 record with a .92 ERA during the month, striking out 50 batters and walking 13 in 39 innings. He also pitched two complete games and one shutout.
    On July 26, 2011, Sabathia took a perfect game through innings against the Seattle Mariners, retiring the first 19 batters he faced in a game interrupted twice due to rain.
    More Details Hide Details He ended up striking out 14 batters through 7 innings(setting a career high), and pitching another one-hitter, this one, a combined one-hitter. Sabathia was pulled before recording an out in the 8th after walking three batters to load the bases; relief pitchers David Robertson and Mariano Rivera finished the game, with Robertson allowing only one run (charged to Sabathia) on a double-play ground ball that would have ended the inning, but was bobbled by third baseman Eric Chavez.
  • 2010
    Age 29
    On September 18, he defeated the Baltimore Orioles to become baseball's first 20-game winner in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The win also marks the first time he had ever won 20 games in a single season in his career. Sabathia had won 19 games in a season twice previously: in 2007 with the Indians and 2009 in his first season with the Yankees. During the offseason, Sabathia was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad to repair. Sabathia began therapy immediately after the surgery and began his regular routine in preparation for spring training after three to six weeks. He lost from 25 to 30 pounds to prevent future problems with his knee.
    On April 10, 2010, Sabathia took a no-hitter into the 8th inning.
    More Details Hide Details With two outs in the inning, former teammate Kelly Shoppach ripped a single to left field, ending the no-hit bid. On July 4, he earned his fourth All-Star selection, and his first as a Yankee. On August 22, Sabathia recorded his 16th consecutive start of at least six innings allowing three earned runs or less, breaking a tie with Ron Guidry (from his Cy Young Award winning 1978 season) for the longest streak in franchise history.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    Sabathia also won the American League Championship Series (ALCS) Most Valuable Player Award for his performance in the 2009 ALCS.
    More Details Hide Details Sabathia finished fourth in the AL Cy Young Award voting behind Zack Greinke, Félix Hernández, and Justin Verlander.
    On March 26, 2009, manager Joe Girardi announced that Sabathia would be the Opening Day starter and the starter for the home opener at the new Yankee Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details Sabathia won his first championship ring with the Yankees, finishing 19–8 with a 3.37 ERA.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    On December 18, 2008, Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details It was the largest contract for a pitcher in MLB history until 2013 when Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners signed a seven-year $175 million contract.
    Sabathia was sixth in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, behind Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Ryan Howard of the Phillies, Ryan Braun also of the Brewers, Manny Ramirez of the Dodgers, and Lance Berkman of the Astros.
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    In 2008 Sabathia had the most effective slider among major league starting pitchers.
    More Details Hide Details When batters swung at his pitches, they failed to make any contact 28% of the time, the highest percentage among major league starting pitchers. Sabathia started game 2 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brewers were heavily favored to win behind Sabathia, but Sabathia faltered, surrendering 5 runs in 3 innings, including a walk to the pitcher Brett Myers and a grand slam to Shane Victorino. The Phillies would go on to win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
    On September 28, 2008, Sabathia pitched a 4-hitter against the Cubs to win 3–1 in the final game of the season, clinching the wild card for the Brewers—their first-ever postseason berth as a National League club and their first since losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1982 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details It was Sabathia's 10th complete game of the year, the most complete games by any pitcher in a single season since Randy Johnson threw 12 in 1999.
    Sabathia struck out eleven in the Brewers' 7–0 win over the Pirates, making Sabathia's ninth complete game in the 2008 season.
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    On August 31, 2008, Sabathia threw what was ruled as a one-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park.
    More Details Hide Details The one hit for the Pirates came off of a check swing by Andy LaRoche in the fifth inning that rolled fair and was bobbled by Sabathia on an attempted bare-handed pickup. The team sent in an appeal to Major League Baseball to try to get the hit ruled as an error, but were unsuccessful.
    On July 30, 2008, Sabathia took out a large $12,870 ad in the sports section of Cleveland's daily newspaper, The Plain Dealer.
    More Details Hide Details The ad, signed by Sabathia, his wife Amber, and his family read:
    During his press conference, Sabathia made it known to the assembled members of the media that he would prefer his name to be spelled "CC" rather than "C.C." He recorded his first win with the Brewers on July 8, 2008 against the Colorado Rockies.
    More Details Hide Details Sabathia was 17–10 overall (11–2 with Milwaukee) with a 2.70 ERA and was second in the majors (behind Tim Lincecum) with 251 strikeouts. Sabathia pitched three complete games in his first four starts with the Brewers, winning all four.
    On July 7, 2008, Sabathia was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley, Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    At the time Sabathia departed Cleveland, he was fifth in club history in strikeouts (1,265) and sixth in strikeouts per 9. innings (7.448), and his 2007 strikeouts-to-walks ratio was a single-season best 5.649.
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    For his performance, he was awarded the 2007 American League Cy Young Award joining Gaylord Perry as the only two Cleveland Indians pitchers to ever win the award. (Cliff Lee became the third the following season.) Sabathia also won the Warren Spahn Award given to the best left-handed pitcher in the Majors.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his strong regular season, Sabathia did not perform well against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. In two starts, he went 0–2 with a 10.45 ERA. Sabathia began the 2008 season 6–8 with a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts. He was leading the American League in strikeouts (123) and strikeouts per 9. innings (9.) while ranking second in innings pitched (122.1) and tied for second in complete games (3). However, with the Indians out of playoff contention, and with Sabathia an impending free agent, the Indians sought to trade Sabathia.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006, he led the major leagues with 6 complete games.
    More Details Hide Details He also led the AL in shutouts (2), was third in ERA (3.22), sixth in strikeouts per 9 IP (8.03) and eighth in strikeouts (172). He became the first left-handed pitcher to start his career with six consecutive seasons of double digit wins. Sabathia collected his 1,000th career strikeout on May 21, fanning the player who beat him out for Rookie of the Year honors: Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners. He was also named to the American League All-Star team for the third time. On September 28, he became the youngest pitcher (27 years, 69 days) to record 100 career wins since Greg Maddux in 1993. On October 23, Sabathia won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding AL Pitcher. His pitching performance led the Cleveland Indians to their first American League Central Division Championship since 2001, his rookie season.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    He threw the fastest fastball in the AL in 2005, averaging 94.7 miles per hour.
    More Details Hide Details He also hit his first career home run as a batter in interleague play off of Ryan Dempster in May. The Indians went 20–11 in his starts.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    Sabathia made his second All-Star selection in a row as he finished the 2004 season by going 11–10 with a 4.12 ERA and 139 strikeouts.
    More Details Hide Details The Indians picked up their $7 million club option for 2006 on April 27, and Sabathia signed a two-year, $17.75 million deal. In, he was fourth in the AL in strikeouts/9 IP (7.37), seventh in strikeouts (161) and eighth in wins (15). This marked his fifth straight season of double digit wins to open a career.
  • 2003
    Age 22
    In 2003, he had the tenth-best ERA in the AL (3.60).
    More Details Hide Details He was also named to the American League All-Star team for the first time.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    In the 2002 season, he was tenth in the AL in strikeouts, with 149.
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  • 2001
    Age 20
    In 2001, he was the youngest player in the Major Leagues.
    More Details Hide Details Sabathia led the league in hits per 9 innings pitched (7.44), was third in the league in win–loss percentage (17–5, .773), fourth in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (8.53), sixth in wins, and seventh in strikeouts (171). He finished second in the AL voting for Rookie of the Year, behind only Ichiro Suzuki. Sabathia signed a four-year $9.5 million contract with the Indians, with a club option for 2006, on February 23, 2002.
  • 2000
    Age 19
    He was named the Indians' 2000 Minor League Player of the Year (receiving the "Lou Boudreau Award").
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    In 2000, he was selected for the 28-man United States Olympic Team roster.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in one pre-Olympic tournament game in Sydney, Australia, but was not on the official 24-man, Gold Medal-winning roster because he was called up by the Cleveland Indians.
  • 1998
    Age 17
    Sabathia was drafted in the first round (20th overall) by the Indians in the 1998 MLB draft.
    More Details Hide Details He signed for a $1.3 million bonus.
  • 1980
    Born on July 21, 1980.
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