Chicago White Sox: Young pitchers can learn from CC Sabathia
The Chicago White Sox have a lot of young talent on the mound and they can all learn a thing or two from one of the game’s greats.
The Chicago White Sox are loaded with young talent. A lot of that young talent the team believes is going to get them to the promised land. A lot of that talent is on the pitcher’s mound. With up and comers like Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease in the mix joining some already established young pitchers in Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, and Reynaldo Lopez, there is definitely some reason to be excited about what they can be.
All young pitchers need guys to look up to and one of the greats probably just threw his last pitch. New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia left game four of the American League Championship Series with an injury on Thursday night. It is a tough way to see his amazing 19-year career come to an end but he will leave behind a legacy that all young pitchers can aspire to have.
Sabathia is a six-time All-Star, 2007 Cy Young Award winner, ALCS MVP, and 2009 World Series Champion. It was an amazing run for CC and one that the White Sox pitchers can try to model themselves after. Whenever a great like this call it a career, it is important to go back and look at what it was that made them so successful. If you have the talent, it is about doing what it takes to utilize that talent and CC Sabathia definitely did that.
Sabathia’s longevity was something that helped make him so successful as he had 19 seasons made up as a member of the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees. He had a record of 251-161. His career ERA of 3.74 and WHIP of 1.259 are certainly some statistics to be proud of. He had 3093 strikeouts in 3577.1 innings pitched. These are numbers that a few players in the White Sox organization are absolutely capable of attaining.
CC Sabathia absolutely dominated the Chicago White Sox throughout his career. He had a 19-8 record against them for a .704 winning percentage. He had a 3.79 ERA and a 1.246 WHP against them in 249.2 innings pitched with 239 strikeouts. It was pure domination so the White Sox didn’t really enjoy seeing him on the mound too much. He dominated a lot of people and certainly had a great career. It is a shame to see him go out the way he did but he had a fantastic career and should be respected. The White Sox should definitely learn from how he played and only hope that they can have half the career he did.