PHOENIX, AZ — On this date in 2019, CC Sabathia cemented his legacy with a historic round number strikeout. In his final season, the New York Yankees big man southpaw recorded milestone career strikeout 3,000 in Phoenix.
Facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of family and friends, Sabathia whiffed old friend and ex-Yankee batterymate John Ryan Murphy for the special K.
One year ago today, @CC_Sabathia became the 3rd lefty in #MLB history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/mrUeX5qUl8
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 30, 2020
Sabathia joined Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson as one of three lefties in MLB history to register 3,000 K’s. Only 16 other pitchers have reached the mark period.
Sabathia would finish with 1,700 regular-season strikeouts in his Yankee career and 3,093 total on his surefire Hall of Fame career.