49 Facts About CC Sabathia

1. CC Sabathia is married to Amber CC Sabathia and they have four children.

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2. CC Sabathia began his career with Cleveland Indians in 1998, but started in the minor league.

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3. On January 27, 2012, CC Sabathia was honored by his high school when they renamed their school's baseball field to his name and declaring that day a "CC Sabathia Day".

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4. CC Sabathia had a stent inserted into his heart to relieve a blockage in one of the left-hander's arteries, Sabathia's agent, Kyle Thousand, told The Athletic.

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5. New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing heart surgery earlier this month.

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6. On October 5, 2015, CC Sabathia announced that he was checking himself into an alcohol treatment center.

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7. CC Sabathia remains very close friends with former teammates Cliff Lee and Prince Fielder.

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8. CC Sabathia appeared on a promotional video for Battlefield Bad Company 2 against "Random Grenade Throws" which showed him doing a public service announcement about random grenade throws.

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9. CC Sabathia has the most lifetime complete games, innings pitched (3,470) and strikeouts (2,986) of any active pitcher as of September 27, 2018.

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10. On one occasion, CC Sabathia hit a 440-foot home run on June 21, 2008, off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park.

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11. On November 2, 2018, CC Sabathia announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season.

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12. CC Sabathia received a five-game suspension for throwing at Sucre, to be served in 2019; he announced his intention to appeal.

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13. CC Sabathia was only two innings shy of reaching a $500,000 bonus if he reached 155 innings pitched for the year.

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14. CC Sabathia became the 12th pitcher in Yankee history to achieve this milestone.

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15. CC Sabathia started Game 3 of the ALCS, earning the win after throwing six shutout innings and allowing only three hits.

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16. CC Sabathia was especially dominant in the role of the Yankee's stopper.

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17. CC Sabathia was the second player in Major League history to make 500 starting pitching appearances in the regular season without ever appearing as a reliever; the feat was previously achieved by Tom Glavine.

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18. CC Sabathia became the eighth pitcher in baseball history to win 100 or more games with two different teams, and the first to reach said milestone since Mike Mussina in 2007.

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19. CC Sabathia led major league pitchers in percent of balls pulled against him.

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20. CC Sabathia 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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21. CC Sabathia reported to spring training weighing 305 pounds, as he believed his decreased weight contributed to his poor and injury-shortened 2014 season.

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22. The Yankees projected that CC Sabathia might need microfracture surgery, which could potentially end his career.

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23. On May 12, 2014, CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right knee inflammation.

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24. CC Sabathia admitted to crash dieting after a cousin of his died of heart disease in December 2012.

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25. CC Sabathia led the American League in strikeout-to-walk ratio, pitched six or more innings in all but one of his starts and recorded six games with 10 or more strikeouts.

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26. CC Sabathia began the 2012 season with bad footing as he allowed a grand slam by Carlos Pena in his first inning of work on opening day against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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27. CC Sabathia finished fourth in Cy Young voting after the season.

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28. On October 31, 2011, CC Sabathia announced via his Twitter account that he would not be exercising his opt-out clause and had signed an extension with the Yankees.

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29. CC Sabathia recorded his 2,000th career strikeout on September 10, 2011 against Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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30. CC Sabathia ended up striking out 14 batters through 7 innings, and pitching another one-hitter, this one, a combined one-hitter.

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31. CC Sabathia was the opening day starter for the Yankees for the third year in a row, and the sixth consecutive year overall.

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32. CC Sabathia began therapy immediately after the surgery and began his regular routine in preparation for spring training after three to six weeks.

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33. CC Sabathia lost from 25 to 30 pounds to prevent future problems with his knee.

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34. CC Sabathia had won 19 games in a season twice previously: in 2007 with the Indians and 2009 in his first season with the Yankees.

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35. On December 18, 2008, CC Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees.

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36. CC Sabathia was awarded the Warren Spahn Award for the second year in a row and became the first pitcher in history to win the award after being traded to another team during the season.

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37. In 2008 CC Sabathia had the most effective slider among major league starting pitchers.

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38. On July 30, 2008, CC Sabathia took out a large $12,870 ad in the sports section of Cleveland's daily newspaper, The Plain Dealer.

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39. CC Sabathia pitched three complete games in his first four starts with the Brewers, winning all four.

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40. CC Sabathia was leading the American League in strikeouts and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.05) while ranking second in innings pitched (122.1) and tied for second in complete games (3).

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41. CC Sabathia was named to the American League All-Star team for the third time.

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42. CC Sabathia became the first left-handed pitcher to start his career with six consecutive seasons of double digit wins.

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43. CC Sabathia threw the fastest fastball in the AL in 2005, averaging 94.7 miles per hour.

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44. CC Sabathia was named to the American League All-Star team for the first time.

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45. CC Sabathia signed a four-year, $9.5 million contract with the Indians, with a club option for 2006, on February 23, 2002.

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46. CC Sabathia finished second in the AL voting for Rookie of the Year, behind future Yankees teammate Ichiro Suzuki.

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47. CC Sabathia 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.

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48. CC Sabathia received scholarship offers to play college football, including one from UCLA, and signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Hawaii.

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49. CC Sabathia played the first seven-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Indians, with whom he won the 2007 Cy Young Award and led the Indians to the AL Central Division title and their first postseason berth since his rookie year.

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