CC Sabathia says goodbye to baseball

CC Sabathia gave his official goodbyes to baseball on Monday morning, saying, “I’m going to miss going out there on the mound and competing, but it’s time for me to say Farewell Thank you, Baseball.”  Two days after the Yankees’ season ended at the hands of Jose Altuve, the 38-year-old tweeted, “Through the ups and downs, baseball has always been my home All I ever wanted was to be a great teammate and win.” Advertisement  The lefty’s Hall of Fame-worthy career came to a close in different levels throughout the season Every last start he made in a different stadium around the country, regardless of the game’s outcome, was just another stop on his unofficial farewell tour  His last start at Yankee Stadium marked the end of his era as a starter, though wasn’t his last time on a mound before he truly had to call it quits  The Yankees converted Sabathia to a reliever in late September, and he wrung every last pitch out of his arm His career ended when he dislocated his shoulder on the first pitch of his relief appearance in Game 5 of the Yankees’ ALCS matchup against the Astros “I threw until I couldn’t anymore,” Sabathia said after that game.  Sabathia had announced his plans to retire in November In his final season, his 19th in the majors, he crossed the 3,000-strikeout and 250-win thresholds His 3,093 strikeouts rank No. 16 all-time, and his 251 wins are in the top 50.  Sabathia might be the last of the Black Aces, the group of African-American pitchers who have won 20 games in a season His stellar career includes six All-Star games, a Cy Young award (2007), and a World Series championship (2009)

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