New York Yankees veteran pitcher CC Sabathia walked off the field after his body could no longer let him play during game 4 of the American League Championship series.
The 39-year old left-hander was removed in the 8th inning of Yankees’s 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros. After his 20th pitch, manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees athletic trainer came out to check on Sabathia. He fired one warm up pitch and walked off after suffering what the team confirmed to be a shoulder injury.
Sabathia had previously announced that this would be his final season. And as things look, his career could see an unfortunate ending if the injury is a major one. Once he completes this season, Sabathia will have been just one season short of completing two decades in MLB. Over the years, the six time all-star has managed 30093 strikeouts and is one of the most respected pitchers in the league.
Sabathia received a standing ovation as he walked off the field and many believe it could be the last time he will be seen on the big stage in baseball.
CC Sabathia exits for likely the last time of his career 💔
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) October 18, 2019
How twitter reacted:
0CC Sabathia is baseball’s active leader in: wins, losses, games started, complete games, innings, hits allowed, earned runs, homers allowed, walks, strikeouts, and batters faced, among other things. Hell of a career, if it just ended. pic.twitter.com/5KRyZc4L2X
— Ben Reiter (@BenReiter) October 18, 2019
People will say that this is a sad way for CC Sabathia to end his career, but I disagree: There is no shame in pitching until your body literally cannot pitch anymore.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) October 18, 2019
“The @Yankees would not have their 27th World Series Championship without him… He was a tough competitor, but also a better leader.”
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 18, 2019
If that’s the last pitch we see you throw in a big league game @CC_Sabathia thank you for all the years and memories. From the dominance with the @Indians to the run with @Brewers to the leadership with the @Yankees…cheers to you. One of the best to ever do it.
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 18, 2019
The respect @CC_Sabathia has from everyone is pretty special. Well earned.
— Daniel Vogelbach (@DanielVogelbach) October 18, 2019