Team: New York Yankees
Height/Weight: 6’6”, 300 lbs.
Date of Birth: July 21, 1980
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Drafted: 1998- 1st Round by the Cleveland Indians
One of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball over the last 15 years, CC Sabathia is a pillar of the New York Yankees’ pitching staff. Sabathia helped lead the Yankees to the 2009 World Series championship and was named the MVP of the 2009 American League Championship Series.
Sabathia won the 2007 Cy Young Award as the American League’s top pitcher after posting a 19-7 record and a 3.21 ERA in a league-high 241 innings pitched. He is a six-time All Star selection. Sabathia entered the 2016 season with 223 wins, the second most among active MLB players. He leads all active MLB pitchers in strikeouts, complete games and Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
The 6’6” lefthander made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2001 and was the runner up for the Rookie of the Year award. He pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 before joining the Yankees in 2009. He is one of just 17 pitchers in Yankees’ history with at least 100 wins with the team.
Sabathia has been active off the field and in the community in numerous philanthropic activities. CC and his wife Amber have worked with the Boys & Girls Club to co-found a nonprofit, “PitCCh In Foundation,” which is designed to help raise the confidence and self-esteem of inner city kids in need through various community outreach, sports and educational programs.
On Sept. 15, 2017, New York Yankees All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber Sabathia hosted their annual youth backpack program at PS 47 (John Randolph Elementary School) in the Bronx, New York.
Through their PitCCh InFoundation, the Sabathias donated 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to all students in collaboration with the Kids In Need Foundation and State Bags. The Sabathias also provided backpacks to the youth at Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Justice Program and the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ Pre-K/3-K Readiness Program.
This was the eighth year of the PitCCh In Foundation signature program. To date, the organization has donated over 36,000 backpacks with school supplies through the New York Tri-State and Vallejo, Calif., CC’s hometown. Photos from the event are available here and must be credited to Roc Nation Sports.
To learn more about the PitCCh In Foundation or to donate, visit www.pitcch.org.