Yankees’ Sabathia On WFAN: ‘This Team Is Primed To Win More Than 100 Games'

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
March 16, 2019 - 4:31 pm
 New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium.

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By WFAN.com

“This is it,” CC Sabathia told CMB when asked if 2019 would be his final season.

The 38-year-old starter thinks he stands a strong chance of retiring from the game with a second World Series championship ring on his finger.

“I really feel strongly that we have a chance to win here,” Sabathia said. “I wouldn’t have came back if I didn’t – putting that stress on my body and my knee after all these years. I just still feel like we have a chance with this group and this core. I want to be a part of it.”

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Sabathia won his first World Series title in his first season in the Bronx in 2009. He was awarded the ALCS MVP.

“I’m enjoying everything,” Sabathia said. “It’s the last time doing everything. I’m just enjoying everything and taking everything in and still really wanting to compete and win a championship. So, that’s going to be fun.”

Sabathia is encouraged by how Brian Cashman bolstered the roster ahead of the 2019 season.

“Having Tulo (Troy Tulowitzki) here, signing DJ LeMahieu – obviously, our bullpen was the strength of our team last year,” Sabathia said. “Adding Adam Ottavino and signing (Zack) Britton back, I think this team is just primed and ready to win more than 100 games. We won 100 games last year and that wasn’t enough. Hopefully, we can win enough to win a division and get out of that Wild Card Game and go from there.”

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Sabathia enters 2019 with 246 career wins. He only trails Bartolo Colon by one win among active leaders. His 2,986 strikeouts is the most among active pitchers.

Listen to his appearance with CMB below: