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Analyzing the Hall of Fame Case for CC Sabathia.

It’s the final year of CC Sabathia’s 19-year journey. The veteran left-hander announced before the season that all he had left to give was one more season. The 2007 Cy Young award just became the 17th pitcher all time to get 3,000 strikeouts which leads to the question, is Sabathia a Hall of Famer?

The other two lefties with at least 3,000 strikeouts – Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton – are both in the Hall of Fame. Compiling “Ks” is one measure of pitching success but Sabathia also checks other boxes in the Hall metric. Sabathia has a career record of 247-153. One of the biggest arguments behind Mike Mussina’s case – he goes into the Hall in July – was that he had 100 more wins than losses. Sabathia is right on that edge and if he pitches well this year, his career won-loss record could go 100 games over .500. And if that happens, he’ll surpass 250 career victories.

His career 3.69 ERA may give some pause on his case. However, Sabathia pitched most of his career in Cleveland and New York. Those aren’t pitcher-friendly parks, especially New York. Sabathia has a career 117 ERA+ including 7 seasons where he had over a 125 ERA+ value. He has a well above average park- adjusted career ERA. Sabathia has the hardware to back up his case as well. He is one of 14 members of the “Black Aces” A group of African- American pitchers who have won 20 games in a season. That is particularly meaningful to Sabathia as he talks about legacies of those pitchers often and has paid tribute to the Black Aces during games in the past wearing cleats with the artwork of the group.

He is a six-time All-Star, a former ALCS MVP and was a key contributor to the Yankees’ World Series team in 2009. He has earned the reputation as a big- game pitcher. Since 2017, Sabathia has made 27 starts after a Yankees loss and is 15-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 149.1 IP. He is the Yankees stopper. Fans and the team have confidence when he takes the mound.

While statistics like his 63.6 career WAR and 3.72 career FIP are impressive, it
doesn’t tell the story of Sabathia’s career. From the young kid who came in pumping gas, to the man who lost his way on and off the field. Entering rehab during a playoff series in order to better himself as a husband and father. After that, the former world champ completely reinvented the way he pitched. He developed a cut fastball and sinker to go along with a great slider. Even now, Sabathia produces some of the softest contact in baseball. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame just for the way he reinvented himself and found a way to be just as productive.
because of it.

One thing that may not be valued enough is what Sabathia meant for the game of baseball as a black athlete. He is one of the most vocal players in the game and thought of as one of the best teammates. people have ever played with. That was never more apparent when he willingly ignored the opportunity to receive a bonus at the end of 2018 so he could defend his teammate by throwing at Rays catcher Jesus Sucre. It was a moment that defined Sabathia’s career and a moment that gained respect from the opposing team even.

The amount of young black baseball players who were inspired by Sabathia is immeasurable and baseball should thank him for it. The charity work he has done in his career for his hometown of Vallejo in northern California is another testament to his humanity.
CC Sabathia deserves to be in the Hall of Fame not just because he was a great pitcher but because he was a great person, an amazing teammate, and a personality that baseball needed and still needs to connect with younger generations of black baseball players. One day, CC Sabathia will give a speech in Cooperstown and I’ll just be glad I got to see him pitch.


2019 AL Central Predictions and Previews

Chicago White Sox

Preview: The White Sox are still in the middle of a rebuilding stage. Chicago has been stockpiling a long list of highly touted prospects. It’s still too early for the White Sox to contend, but they will enter the 2019 season with hopes that their young talent is developed and competes. Returning veterans for the ChiSox include star 1B Jose Abreu, reliable backstop Welington Castillo, and RHP out of the bullpen, Nate Jones. The Sox also decided to add some veteran talent to perhaps help smooth the young guys’ transition and develop. This offseason they added power-hitting Yonder Alonso, outfielder Jon Jay, SP Ivan Nova, and relief pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome. An interesting prospect to look for on the White Sox this year is SP Michael Kopech, who is expected to play his rookie season this year. Kopech has been a highly rated prospect since he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft straight out of high school. The White Sox are hoping for Kopech to be a huge part of their future. There are two other young players that the White Sox are looking for a breakthrough from: 24 year old SP Lucas Giolito and 23 year old middle infielder Yoan Moncada. Both Giolito and Moncada struggled last season, failing to meet expectations. After a rough couple of years for south siders, 2019 could show a much improved White Sox team that could show signs of a team that will be ready to contend within the next few years.

Prediction: 70-92

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The MLB Playoffs are Here: Here is What Every Playoff Team needs to fix RIGHT NOW!

By Griffin Hill

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have the offensive power to go the distance this year; no question about it. Sadly for the loyal fans in Boston, the consistent problems in the bullpen may prevent them from any post season accomplishments. While the Sox have over 100 wins on the season with 5 games to play, the only team this season to reach that mark thus far, the bullpen struggles have become even more severe in the 2nd half of the season. The Sox own an MLB worst 12 bullpen blown saves since the All Star break. Time is running out in Boston to fix this issue; the Yankees, Astros, and Indians will surely capitalize on this weakness if it isn’t turned around. See All Teams Here!