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CC Sabathia Says He'd Like To Play Another Season

July 20, 2018 - 3:48 pm
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By WFAN.com

In his 18th season in the major leagues, CC Sabathia continues to pitch effectively. Might he make it 19 seasons?

The Yankees left-hander had hinted earlier this season that he was leaning toward retirement, but he now says he'd like to play one more season, if he can stay healthy.

“I’m (going) start to start,” Sabathia, 38, said in Cleveland last weekend, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. “I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy – if my knee holds up – hopefully I’ll play one more.”

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Sabathia has pitched 3,417 innings and earned 245 wins in his career, second in both categories to Bartolo Colon among active pitchers. Another season could help the 2007 Cy Young winner boost his Hall of Fame odds, but he said he isn't overly concerned about that.

“I don’t think about it. It’s out of my control. Whatever it is at the end, it is,” Sabathia said. “I never pitch for numbers or wins or strikeouts, things like that. I can’t try to do that now. I have to continue to do my thing.”

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Sabathia is 6-4 this season with a 3.51 ERA in 18 appearances. The Yankees are 62-33, though Sabathia feels the Bombers still have room for improvement.

“We had that (good) stretch early, but I still feel like we’re going to play better,” Sabathia said. “I’m still waiting for us to play well, if that makes sense. It’s encouraging.”

Sabathia has been with the Yankees since 2009 and helped the Bombers secure their 27th world championship in the same year.

Sabathia will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, after signing a one year, $10 million contract this past offseason.