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CC Sabathia expected to announce plans to retire after 2019 season

CC Sabathia is expected to soon announce plans to retire following this season, one that will mark his 19th in Major League Baseball.

While there has been no official confirmation, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that a source indicated Sabathia will make his retirement announcement this coming weekend.

Sabathia enjoyed a solid campaign in 2018. In 29 starts, the left-hander posted a 9-7 record with a 3.65 ERA — his lowest since 2012 — and a 1.314 WHIP.

It merits noting that Sabathia, 39 in July, underwent an angioplasty on Dec. 11, although the pitcher was said to be in “great spirits” and “looking forward to the season.”

All told, Sabathia, barring unforeseen issues, should hit some significant career milestones this upcoming season. With a 246-153 record, he’s only four wins away from notching 250 career victories. Further, he’s only 14 strikeouts away (2,986) from notching 3,000 career Ks.

If Sabathia does hang up his cleats for good after the 2019 season as expected, it will certainly wrap up a Hall of Fame-caliber career that should earn him a spot in Cooperstown.