Carsten Charles Sabathia Jr. (born July 21, 1980), known commonly as CC Sabathia, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previouly played for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers. Sabathia bats and throws left-handed.
Sabathia burst onto the scene when he made his major league debut with the Indians in 2001, where he helped anchor the team to its sixth Division title in seven years and placed second in the AL Rookie of the Year behind Japanese phenom and 2001 AL MVP, Ichiro Suzuki. Sabathia played the first seven-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Indians, where he won the 2007 Cy Young Award and led the Indians to the AL Central Division title and their first postseason berth since his rookie year. He played the second half of the 2008 MLB season with the Brewers, leading them to the Wild Card, their first playoff appearance in 26 years and their first as a member of the National League. In the offseason, Sabathia left via free agency and signed a lucrative contract with the New York Yankees for seven years and $161 million, at the time the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. With the Yankees, he led all of baseball in wins in both 2009 and 2010 and helped lead them to the 2009 World Series title over the Philadelphia Phillies in the franchise's first year at the new Yankee Stadium. He was also voted the 2009 ALCS MVP and is a three-time winner of the Warren Spahn Award (2007–2009). In addition, Sabathia is a six-time All-Star (three times each with both the Yankees and the Indians), and between 2007 and 2011 earned five consecutive top 5 finishes in the Cy Young vote.