Yankees ace CC Sabathia officially announced his retirement from baseball on Twitter on Monday.
"I'm so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present. All I ever wanted was to be a great teammate and win," he said. "I'm so proud of this year's team, we fought til the end. Love you guys! I'm going to miss going out there on the mound and competing, but it's time to say farewell. Thank you, baseball!"
Sabathia's announcement comes after the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday by the Astros. Even if New York had advanced to the World Series, Sabathia would not have been able to compete. He separated his shoulder during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, causing the Yankees to remove him from their roster.
Sabathia finished his 19-year career with a 251–161 record, 3.74 ERA and 1.259 WHIP. He also tallied 3,093 strikeouts and became the 17th pitcher in MLB history to reach 3,000 career-strikeouts earlier this season.
As a six-time All-Star, Sabathia played for the Indians, Brewers and Yankees throughout his career. He won a Cy Young Award in 2007 in Cleveland and the 2009 World Series with the Yankees.
He first announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2019 season in spring training in February.