Womack: C.C. Sabathia could still make the Hall of Fame, but he’s probably a long shot

From SABR member Graham Womack at The Sporting News on October 6, 2017:

After nine seasons in New York, CC Sabathia could soon be unattached.

The 37-year-old former Yankees ace is due to complete the massive deal he signed in December 2008 and later extended, setting the stage for him to finally hit free agency again. After a resurgent 2017 season, whe he went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA, 122 ERA+ and 2.8 WAR, he should have at least a few prospective suitors.

A lot hinges on Sabathia’s next deal. Among the possible concerns could be Sabathia’s lingering — though surprisingly difficult to extinguish — Hall of Fame chances.

Sabathia’s had a meandering road toward Cooperstown. As recently as perhaps 2013, he looked like he maybe had the best chance of any current pitcher to reach 300 wins. He offered remarkable consistency and an ability to chew innings, averaging 213 over his first 13 seasons while he made six All-Star teams and won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award.

Read the full article here: http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/cc-sabathia-yankees-stats-hall-of-fame-case-mlb-playoffs/132wmnllcezya13bqx799v5mqh

Originally published: October 6, 2017. Last Updated: October 6, 2017.