On September 18, 2010, CC Sabathia became the first major league pitcher to win 20 games in one season.
The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 at Oriole Park in Baltimore. The losing pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie, pitched five innings and let six runs score off of seven hits. Sabathia allowed three runs to score off of seven hits in the seven innings he was on the mound.
The left handed California native was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 1998 amateur draft. His first season with the Indians was 2001. He stayed there until 2008 when he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Yankees took him in for the ’09 season. He has won 204 games in the last 13 seasons and the future member of the Baseball Hall of Fame is still going strong despite past injuries and retirement rumors.
Sabathia has appeared in six All-Star games along side claiming the Cy Young award in 2007. He played in 11 playoff series, and helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“Playing meaningful games every night in September makes it fun. I follow what the other teams are doing. I watch every game now. I even went out and got the (satellite TV) package.” -CC Sabathia