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Saturday, October 19, 2019

CC Sabathia has a case for Cooperstown

I’m sure it was not how CC Sabathia wanted to go out: injured, in a Yankees loss, with his final “pitch” being a warmup toss that revealed that he was too injured to go on. But bad endings to long, illustrious careers tend to wash out of people’s memories in pretty short order. When a great player’s time in the game is over, we almost always remember the greatness, and that will be the same with CC Sabathia.

As I’ve written in this space in the past, it’s rather reductive to only reflect on such careers through the lens of “is he Hall of Fame-worthy?” There are a number of great players who had great, memorable careers which fell short of Cooperstown for some reason or another and, frankly, a whole lot of guys who are in Cooperstown who weren’t necessarily great. Talking about guys only with reference to their Hall of Fame credentials causes us to spend too much time talking about the already well-remembered and risks us forgetting those who should not be forgotten.

But hey, let’s be reductive! It’s OK in this case because, in my estimation, CC Sabathia does have an actual Hall of Fame case and, if I had to bet on it, I’d say he’s inducted at some point down the road.

It’s not a slam dunk case. He’s not some brainless first-ballot guy. A lot of voters will look at his career ERA of 3.74 and think “man, that’s high for a Hall of Famer.” The smarter ones — and the Hall’s electorate gets smarter with each passing year — will note that his ERA+, which adjusts for the mostly high-offense era and hitter-friendly parks in which he pitched, is a respectable 116. Again, that’s not knock-you-off-your-feet great, but it’s in the neighborhood of a good number of Hall of Fame pitchers including Tom Glavine (118), Bert Blyleven (118), Gaylord Perry (117), Fergie Jenkins (115), Steve Carlton (115), and Jim Bunning (115), and is way better than guys like Jack Morris (105), Herb Pennock (106), Pud Galvin (107), Burleigh Grimes (108) and a decent handful of others. Yes, some of those guys were very different pitchers with other things going for them that Sabathia may not have. I’m just saying that Sabathia’s worst Big Stat selling point, his ERA, would not be crazily out-of-whack with Hall of Fame standards.

Never too early for a thread like this, is it?

 

QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, hall of fame

Friday, October 18, 2019

CC Sabathia leaves possible last appearance with injury

CC Sabathia was taken out of the game in the eighth inning of ALCS Game 4 after suffering an apparent shoulder injury throwing to George Springer. He relieved struggling setup man Adam Ottavino and recorded two outs before being checked on by the team’s training staff.

If the injury is serious and the Astros, who are up 2-1, win the series, it may be Sabathia’s last pitch in pinstripes. The lefty, who won 251 games over the course of his career and went 134-88 in the Bronx, announced his retirement before the season began.

Astros stars Gerrit Cole and George Springer, who slammed a three-run home run against starter Masahiro Tanaka, came to the top step to applaud alongside the Yankee Stadium faithful, who sent him off with a standing ovation. Jonathan Loaisiga retired the final batter to escape the jam.

Sabathia had experienced shoulder trouble shortly before the season ended, which led to him being left off the ALDS roster. The 39-year-old attempted to stay in the game, throwing a warmup pitch mid-batter to test his shoulder. But it didn’t work, and Sabathia walked off the field for likely the final time.

A crying shame, if this is indeed the end.

 

QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, shoulder

 

 

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