CC Sabathia will continue to be an ambassador for baseball as the Commissioner’s Special Assistant.
MLB announced Sabathia’s new role on Wednesday. Sabathia kicked off 19 seasons in the big leagues with the Yankees, Brewers and Guardians from 2001 to 2019, and will now work with the Commissioner’s Office in areas relating to the future of the sport: player relations, diversity, fairness and inclusion, social responsibility, youth participation and dissemination.
“I look forward to sharing my perspective as a former Major League player with the commissioner’s office,” Sabathia said in a statement. “I want to be able to continue to give back to the game that I love so much. This new role gives me the opportunity to continue the work that I am passionate about, to be an advocate for the players and to be able to contribute to the decision-making process of the league office after 19 years in the field. I can’t wait to get started.
Sabathia will be on hand to celebrate Opening Day Thursday at a fan event at MLB headquarters in New York. The southpaw, who has won 251 games and had 3,093 strikeouts during his career, will meet fans and throw out a ceremonial first pitch to start the 2022 season.
As Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Sabathia will be a liaison between the league and current players, working to develop the game and promote fairness in baseball. He will also work on new initiatives with The Players Alliance, of which he is vice-chairman.
Sabathia, a six-time All-Star who won the American League’s Cy Young Award in 2007 with Cleveland and a 2009 World Series championship with the Yankees, will continue to join MLB Network’s Clubhouse Edition specials, where he calls matches with other former players. .
“We are delighted to have CC Sabathia join the Commissioner’s office to work on some of our most important initiatives,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “We salute CC’s positive energy, strong character, creative spirit and civic approach as we continue our efforts to strengthen the game, diversify the sport and give back to the community. CC has a powerful voice in the baseball, and we appreciate the perspective he will bring to our office.”
Sabathia will be based in New York and will join a group of former major leaguers working in the commissioner’s office, which includes Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who is also a special assistant to the commissioner, and others like Raúl Ibañez, Billy Bean, Rajai Davis, Gregor Blanco, Joe Martinez and Dan Otero.