CC Sabathia

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he's retiring after 2019 season

February 16, 2019 - 1:51 pm

TAMP, Fla. (1010 WINS) – Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said Saturday that the 2019 season will be his final in the Major League.

Sabathia, 38, announced his plan to retire during a press conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, where the Yankees have spring training. 

This season will be the left-hander’s 19th in the major league. He started with the Cleveland Indians back in 2001 before joining the Yankees in 2009 after a brief stint with the Milwaukee Brewers.

According to ESPN, he’s only 14 strikeouts away from being in the 3,000-strikeout club. ESPN also reports he’s just four wins away from being only the 14th player to have 3,000 career strikeouts and 250 career wins.

In a statement to 1010 WINS, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said: “CC has been a great ambassador for our game, and we are proud that he has represented our organization for the past decade.”

Former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter wrote: “I had the pleasure of competing against CC and also with him, and have always considered him one of my favorite teammates. He rose to and exceeded the expectations and pressure, especially during his time with the Yankees, and was a key piece to the 2009 championship team.”

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi wrote: “I am thankful to have managed a man who was — and who I know still is — a fierce competitor. He was the one you wanted on the mound in the big games and who always put his team first over individual goals.”