Yankees CC Sabathia Already Beginning Next Career?
While still a member of the Yankees and part of the five man rotation, it appears Sabathia has chosen his next career. It was announced on Tuesday by ESPN that he will make 15 appearances in various roles this season on days that he is not scheduled to pitch.
The 38-year old lefty has a career record of 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 538 starts. He's lead the league in wins twice, is a six-time All-Star and 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner. In addition, he's the active leader in innings and strikeouts. But as his playing career is clearly winding down, he seems comfortable and set to move into his post playing days.
Sabathia notes that doing podcasts is nothing new to him, it's something he's always done while playing. It is a natural fit for him to be in the studio talking baseball. Among the platforms this season in which Sabathia will appear include Golic & Wingo, SportsCenter, First Take and Baseball Tonight.
While baseball is the game he has made a career out of, Sabathia actually says he would prefer roles in which he talks about anything other than baseball. Joining ESPN Radio New York is on the agenda for Sabathia. On air, he will talk about other major sports, such as basketball and football.
As for the type of on air commentary we can expect from Sabathia, ESPN vice president of production Dave Roberts has no worries about him fitting in. In fact, he notes the knowledge and unique perspective Sabathia has about baseball and being an avid sports fan, should resonate well with the fans.
While full time broadcasting is most certainly in Sabathia's future, he will also concentrate on helping the Yankees throughout the season on the field. After winning 100 games last season, the Yankees figure to do battle with the Red Sox again this season. A World Series title would be the ultimate way to transition fully into a broadcasting career.