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CC Sabathia to serve as ESPN analyst during final MLB season

CC Sabathia won’t be retiring until season’s end, but the New York Yankees pitcher nevertheless is already preparing for life after an outstanding baseball career.

ESPN announced Tuesday that Sabathia will be serving as an MLB analyst throughout the 2019 season. The 38-year-old will be featured on “SportsCenter” and “Baseball Tonight,” among other ESPN shows. There are also plans for Sabathia to be a guest host on ESPN Radio New York’s “Humpty & Canty” show, per ESPN’s announcement.

Sabathia insists his new analyst role with ESPN will not interfere with his duties with the Yankees.

“As I begin to look toward the future, I’m excited to have this opportunity with ESPN,” Sabathia said in a statement. “With that said, my singular focus is on winning another World Series Championship for Yankees fans and the city of New York.”

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.

All told, Sabathia should hit some significant career milestones this upcoming season, barring any health- or injury-related setbacks. 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.

Regarding Sabathia’s new job with ESPN, the decision to have a current player fill the role of an analyst is a unique one, to be sure, but there’s no reason to believe the veteran will not be able to balance both gigs. That said, serving as an ESPN analyst conceivably could serve as fodder for critics should Sabathia struggle on the mound this season.