The Yankees ace CC Sabathia has been hitting the gym since he retired from the sport in 2019, showcasing remarkable weight loss.
CC Sabathia has had one hell of a year. His 2019 MLB season with the New York Yankees began while he was still recovering from heart surgery.
The athlete later sustained a partially dislocated shoulder and knee injury, both of which expedited the end of his pro baseball career, and he retired from the sport in October.
Although people may have wanted Sabathia to spend the first six months or so following his retirement relaxing as he recovered from his injury (and really, who can fault him?), the former pitcher couldn’t hit the gym harder.
Pro athlete mentor Dave Paladino, who trained Sabathia, posted a picture of the outcomes of his practice, and the internet was shocked.
CC Sabathia’s Weight Loss Transformation – How Many Pounds Did He Shed?
CC Sabathia does not look the same since retirement. The picture of the longtime New York Yankees pitcher circulated across the social network in May, displaying the left-handed athlete sporting trimmer lean and strong muscles.
Ryan Ruocco, who co-hosts a podcast with Sabathia, stated on Twitter the picture was not edited and that Sabathia was striving diligently during the coronavirus quarantine.
“Not Photoshopped,” Ruocco wrote. “The big fella has been getting after it during quarantine!”
— Ryan Ruocco (@RyanRuocco) May 12, 2020
Sabathia has been in major leagues for 19 years, starting with the Cleveland Indians as a 20-year-old in 2001. He came second in the American Rookie of the Year vote the same season, falling short to Ichiro Suzuki.
During the 2008 season, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and guided them to make the offseason. In the postseason that followed, Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees. It was the biggest pitcher contract in MLB history at the time.
Sabathia would spend the last 11 years of his career in pinstripes and won a World Series with the team in 2009 but his weight would become a topic of discussion in his career.
As per Baseball-Reference, Sabathia was registered at 300 pounds at one point in his career. After joining spring training in 2011, the New York Daily News announced Sabathia had lost 25 pounds and attributed his weight loss to not consuming cereal daily.
He began making adjustments to his lifestyle again in 2014 and chose to go vegan in 2018. In December 2018, after coping with a blocked artery, he had a stent put in.
Following the 2019 season, Sabathia hung up his boots. He ended his career with a single Cy Young trophy, an American League Championship Series MVP title, and six All-Star appearances. His 251 career victories made him a successful leader until he retired. Bartolo Colon comes second with 247.
CC Sabathia Looked Shockingly Thin Back in 2014
CC Sabathia appeared to undergo weight loss in 2014.
Source: Bleacher Report
CC Sabathia had long held a picture of himself as one of the rounder players in Major League Baseball. That seemed to have shifted, as CC’s wife Amber Sabathia shared a picture of the left-handed ace at a wedding over the weekend in January 2014 looking positively lean.
The MLB star claimed he did not undergo weight loss, instead suggesting the offseason of intensive exercise managed to add shine to his body.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Sabathia said: “I’m actually the same weight as I was last year, just a little more toned and a lot more strong. This is the first offseason I was able to weight-train and get stronger and not worry about weight loss.”