Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia to Retire After 2019 Season

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52). Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9044988k)

One of the top pitchers of the 2000s has decided to make the 2019 season his last before retiring.

CC Sabathia, who will begin his 19th season in Major League Baseball next month, announced in a press conference in Tampa that the 2019 season will be his last go around in a baseball uniform.

The Yankees’ left-handed starting pitcher is now 38 years old and wants to make one last run at a title with a team that is expected to compete for the World Series crown.

The husky lefty has become one of the most decorated pitchers of his generation since debuting with the Cleveland Indians back in 2001.

Sabathia won the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland back in 2007. He has also been named an All Star 6 times, most recently in 2012, in his decorated career.

Sabathia has an impressive 246-153 career record with a 3.70 ERA. He begins the 2019 season just 14 strikeouts shy of the 3,000 K Mark.

The Vallejo, California native underwent a heart procedure to correct a blockage this off-season, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the season and slot in as one of the Yankees’ five starting pitchers.