Former Yankees legend CC Sabathia accomplished a lot as a pitcher. The physically imposing 6-foot-6, flamethrowing lefty won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award, and a World Series with the Bronx Bombers in 2009. Sabathia who was taken 20th overall in the 1998 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians (Guardians), also became the 17th pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts.
He’s also the third lefty to ever reach the mark. CC finished his career tied with the great Bob Gibson in wins by a Black pitcher with (251), only trailing Ferguson Jenkins.
Now in retirement CC is guiding his son, Carsten, a 6-foot-4 and 240-pound slugger who’s headed to Georgia Tech. The power-hitting first baseman has displayed tremendous pop from both sides of the plate, and that unique trait got him some looks in last week’s MLB Draft. Carsten projects as a first baseman in the mold of former Phillies great Ryan Howard.
When he committed to the “Rambling Wreck,” in February, Carsten had this to say: “I’m about to go where my granny’s gonna be my biggest fan.” Carsten’s grandmother lives near the Atlanta institution.
Carsten Goes Off The Grid: Not A Pitcher Like Dad
While most MLB father-son duos are usually hitters or position players, CC and Carsten are polar opposites with dad being a pitcher and Carsten being a slugging infielder. But that isn’t the only difference, as Carsten is much more mobile and agile than his hulking dad.
That skillset made him one of the top 400 prospects in this year’s MLB Draft. While he wasn’t drafted, he’s headed to Georgia Tech where he’ll continue to develop as a hitter and overall player.
Carsten Was A Coveted Recruit: Why Did GT Win Out?
While Carsten chose GT to continue his baseball career, he was a highly sought-after recruit with offers from Harvard, UCLA and Wake Forest to name a few. Following his commitment, in an interview with Northjersey.com he explained why the Yellow Jackets were the right fit for him, beyond being near his grandmother.
“Since Day 1, the first time I came in contact with them, they were all about family, and the culture, and the culture of winning that it takes to play at Georgia Tech. And once I started to get into conversations, not just about baseball, but about family, life, and things outside the white lines, I fell in love.”
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced the roster for the second edition of the “High School All-American Game” scheduled at Coors Field on Friday, July 9th as part of 2021 MLB All-Star Week in Denver.
This premier All-Star showcase game will feature a roster of 39 participants who are some of the top U.S.-based high school baseball prospects for the 2022 MLB Draft.
If you had any doubt that MLB was serious about increasing its number of Black and Brown participants, then look no further than the recent appointments of Ken Griffey Jr. (Senior Advisor to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with an emphasis on baseball operations, youth development and diversity) and former Stros manager Bo Porter (MLB Director of Coaching Development).
“Being selected to the High School All-American Game is an honor, “ Porter, a former MLB player, manager, coach analyst and executive, told MLBbro.com.
It places student-athletes into an intense competitive environment with their present and future competition. They will also be surrounded by coaches with hundreds of years of experience and wisdom.
I wish all of our High School All-Americans well as they continue towards conquering a lifetime goals of reaching their full potential in baseball and life.”
The roster boasts a diverse mix of athletes, from future MLBbros to the rising Latin Lords of MLB and is notably highlighted by:
- Players from 17 States, including two from Colorado, and Puerto Rico
- Sons of former Major Leaguers CC Sabathia, Andruw Jones and Lou Collier.
Additionally, eight of the All-American players will compete in the annual “High School Home Run Derby,” scheduled for Saturday, July 10th at 12:30 p.m. MT at Coors Field. MLB.com will livestream this round, with commentary by Braun, Jonathan Mayo and Yonder Alonso.
The players will vie for a chance to compete in the Finals during breaks of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, including:
- Elijah Green
- Termarr Johnson
- Jared Jones
- Kaden Martin
- Robby Snelling
- Riley Stanford
- Sal Stewart
- Jason Torres
Several players featured in the High School All-American Game and High School Home Run Derby rosters have previously participated in diversity-focused development initiatives led by MLB & USA Baseball.
Out of these players, we are seeing a stream of second-generation MLB hopefuls emerging; from Cameron Collier (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational) son of former Major Leaguer Lou Collier to CC’s boy Carsten Sabathia (Breakthrough Series and Hank Aaron Invitational) and former Braves slugger Andruw Jones’ son, Junior (DREAM Series)
Other MLB diversity products being featured include Elijah Green (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational, which is also supported by the MLBPA); Termarr Johnson (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational); Former Tennessee National Title- winning QB Tee Martin’s son, Kaden Martin (Breakthrough Series); Aiden Moffet (Breakthrough Series); and Kassius Thomas (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational).
The High School All-American Game will be led by an All-Star cast of coaches, including Managers Clint Hurdle (former Colorado Rockies Manager) and Clint Barmes (former Rockies infielder, 2003-2010), who will be supported by Chad Cordero (2005 MLB All-Star), Roy Hallenbeck (Retired Head Baseball Coach, Millville – N.J. – High School), Jason Maxwell (former MLB infielder; 18U National Team Manager, USA Baseball), Todd Pratt (former MLB catcher, 1992-1995, 1997-2006), Jerry Royster (former MLB infielder, 1973-1987) and Bianca Smith (Boston Red Sox Player Development Coach).
The High School All-American Game will serve as a feeder for the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, the primary identification event for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, which is slated to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL in September.
The PDP League will take place in late July at the USA Baseball National Team Complex in Cary, N.C.
Baseball continues to develop tremendous talent through its diversity programs and shape the future of MLB in a positive, inclusive, and multi-talented fashion.
Amber Sabathia has been making power moves alongside the greatest Black pitcher of our generation for the last 20 years. Now, she’ll get a chance to shine on her own after joining the Creative Artists Agency as a baseball agent.
Throughout their 19-year marriage, Amber has been a major part of CC’s Hall of fame career, including helping to run the many foundations he was involved in throughout his career. On Tuesday morning, she announced on her Twitter page that she would be joining the CAA sports team as a baseball agent.
They have four children together, and On Tuesday morning, she announced on her Twitter page that she would be joining the CAA Sports team.
The CAA baseball organization has more than 200 clients. The roster of talent includes three MVPs, four Cy Young award winners, seven Rookie-of-the-Year award winners, 25 Silver Sluggers and 22 Gold Gloves.
Since its inception, the division has totaled around $4.1 billion worth of contracts. Some of their clients include two-way player Shohei Ohtani, Jack Flaherty, Marcell Ozuna and Hunter Greene, who is one of the top prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Amber is the cofounder of PitCCh in Foundation which is an organization that works to improve the lives of kids in the inner cities. It was reported that she interviewed with four other agencies before deciding to join the CAA.
Black Ace CC is known as an OG throughout the league, and his wife is one as well as she has been at his side for the last 20 years. To go along with having 251 career wins and 3,093 strikeouts, he is the current Vice President of the Players Alliance, which is in its second year.
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Recently, more than 200 players involved in the organization decided to donate their game-day salaries on Jackie Robinson Day.
Post-retirement, CC talks all-things-baseball, and occasionally other sports, on his podcast, R2C2 with co-host, Ryan Ruocco. He’s also made a few appearances on MLB Network, breaking down live games.
“I’ve dedicated my whole life to the game of baseball. Nobody has been more supportive and influential than Amber. So proud of this next chapter for you. If you need me, I’ll be in full-time dad mode on the golf course with some Jordans on, she’s built for this!” said CC on his Twitter page.
There’s also another member of the Sabathia family who needs a shoutout from the Bro’s.
Yesterday Amber posted a video of Carsten, one of their four children, who went 2-4 in a win for Bergen Catholic High School, while making plays with the glove along with his bat. Looks like mom has a future client in the wings.
We at MLB Bro congratulate Amber Sabathia on her new role and wish her nothing but the best! It is important to get more black women involved in baseball and she will be a big part in representing them.