Yankees Pitcher C.C. Sabathia Calls Time On Season, Enters Alcohol Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 10/05/15

The news came just the day before the Yankees make a push for their 28th title.

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The New York Yankees are making another push for a World Series, but C.C. Sabathia won’t be joining them. The Yankees pitcher announced that he entered an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the remainder of the postseason.

“It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player,” he said in a statement. He also said the Yankees organization has been fully supportive of his decision, which “has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.”

Sabathia had struggled for form throughout much of this season. He went 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA, but was pitching more effectively in recent weeks thanks to a new knee brace.

However, it had also been a difficult 12 months for the former ace off the field. Last December, Sabathia got into a heated dispute with staff members at Newark Airport that required police to intervene. He was ejected from a game this June, marking the first time that had happened since 2006. Sabathia was then involved in a confrontation outside of a nightclub in Toronto that eventually turned physical, although he was not part of the fighting.

He said in his statement that he is fully optimistic of a return to the field next season and intends to come back better than ever.

“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids—and others who may have become fans of mine over the years—to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help," he said. "I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do."

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