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CC Sabathia Announces He Will Retire After 2019 Season

Been With Yankees Since 2009, 246 Career Wins

February 16, 2019 - 2:19 pm


CC Sabathia has been in the league for 18 seasons and been with the Yankees since 2009. The husky left-hander formally announced Saturday that he will be retiring after the 2019 season. 

That will make it 19 seasons for Sabathia in the big leagues and he will look to add to his 246 career wins in his final season, which would wrap up a decade in the Bronx. Sabathia made the announcement from the Yankees spring training complex Saturday in front of family, friends and teammates. 

"It wasn't a hard one. Me being at my age and playing for so long, I think it's just time," Sabathia said. "My family is growing and getting older. It's time for me to be around and hang out with them. 19 years in baseball is a long time to play. I'm definitely blessed and fortunate to play for so long, but it's definitely time to hang it up." 

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Sabathia was emotional at the press conference and talked about text messages he received from numerous past teammates and guys in baseball ranging from Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and many more. 

"All I wanted was for people to remember me as a good teammate," Sabathia said. 

One of his former teammates and Yankees legend Derek Jeter had kind words for Sabathia. 

"I had the pleasure of competing against CC and also with him, and have always considered him one of my favorite teammates," former Yankees shortstop and Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement. "CC embodies what it means to be a professional athlete and has been an incredible ambassador for baseball. He has an unwavering commitment to success on the field and an even greater desire to give back through his foundation work off the field."

Sabathia also played for the Indians for nearly eight seasons and played with the Brewers for a couple months. He enters his final season with a 246-153 record, 3.70 career ERA and 2,986 strikeouts. Sabathia helped lead the Yankees to their most recent World Series title in 2009 in his first season with the club, where he he went 19-8.