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Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia weighs in at 305 lbs in training camp – SportsUntapped.com
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Added March 1st, 2015 by Ian

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia weighs in at 305 lbs in training camp
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Starting pitcher CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees showed up to the Major League Baseball club’s spring training facility in Tampa, Florida this year weighing 305 lbs. This comes after two consecutive years of shedding excess weight before the ball season. The odd thing about the huge weight gain is that the pitcher claimed he actually gained the extra pounds on purpose for health reasons.

Also, Sabathia said baseball scouts felt he should be heavier to be a more effective pitcher even though he was concerned about his weight because of a family member who had health problems. Sabathia was relatively slim and trim last year, at least for him, but he struggled all season long. He suffered from a degenerative knee problem and only managed to start in eight games and didn’t do very well at all.

He told the New York Post the reason why he lost the weight originally over the past two years, “I lost that weight because I had a cousin die from heart disease. Now I feel good where I am at. I feel a little stronger, I feel my legs under me.” He also believes his pitches were losing their velocity because he didn’t have as much weight behind them. However, if he has a knee problem the joint is now going to be under the pressure of the extra weight.

The speed of Sabathia’s fastball has declined each year since the 2009 season, which was his first year with the Yankees. But statistics show his velocity went down before the 34-year-old started to lose weight and it could have something to do with the fact that he’s already pitched more than 2,800 innings in his pro career alone.

The left-hander went 14-13 in 2013 and hurled 211 innings following an operation to remove bone spurs from his elbow, but his fastball averaged about 90 mph and he felt that was way too slow. Over the past two years his record is 17-18 in 58 games with an ERA of 4.97. The club’s medical staff examined Sabathia recently at spring training and he passed all of the physical tests. He’s still owed $53 million by the Yankees for the next two seasons, so you can be sure they want him to be in good condition.

Sabathia lost 40 lbs after the 2012 campaign and weighed in at 250 lbs, but now believes the extra 50 lbs will benefit him. Time will tell if he’s right or not.

 
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