The prolific left handed pitcher has had a wonderful career with the Yankees, including winning a Cy Young, and being named the ALCS MVP the same year he won the World Series. But now, at 38 years old, he’s calling next season his last.
New York Yankees left-handed pitcher, CC Sabathia truly has had a remarkable career. He’s been selected for 6 all star games, won a CY Young award in 2007, and his true brilliance shined in 2009, when he won the ALCS MVP and his team won the World Series. As of 2019, Sabathia is also the current active leader for number of innings pitched and strikeouts. Without a doubt, Sabathia is a stud with a great resume to back him up.
For many that prompts the question of whether CC deserves a spot in the hall of fame. That can be a tough cookie to crumble, considering the difficulty of entering the baseball hall of fame. Sabathia has certainly faced some injuries throughout his career, especially heading towards the later years, that caused him to lose some steam.
Being unable to rely on his former power, Sabathia had to adjust his playstyle to the new limits of his body. He was still effective in later years, but not to the same extent with which he dominated in the late 2000’s. If anyone had an argument against him entering the HOF, it might be this. He definitely had potential to produce more, but injuries are a part of every sport, so we should instead base our decision on what he did do, which was great.
With most his years behind him, this next season likely won’t make a difference whether or not CC makes it into the hall of fame. If you ask me, I’d definitely say CC is without a doubt a hall-of-fame pitcher. You don’t win an MVP, Cy Young, and a World Series without having some serious talent. CC had it both, exceptional talent and a great resume to support it.
Many do feel like CC is a hall of famer, but perhaps not on the first ballot. First ballot or later, as long as he gets in, justice will be done to his legacy. It would be a genuine shame if he misses out because he got injured and lost some of his former luster. Sometimes greatness does require luck, in the sense that you’re lucky enough not to get injured. Let’s just hope they focus less on what he could’ve been, and more on who he was.