Yankees' CC Sabathia becomes 17th pitcher in history to strike out 3,000

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or 2019, but following a sturdy campaign last season that ended in playoff disappointment, the left-hander opted to keep his career going at least one more year.On Tuesday, he recorded career strikeout 3,000 to join an exclusive club that carries just 16 other members. He accomplished the feat in the second inning against Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy. Traveling fans held up signs acknowledging his accomplishment at Chase Field in Phoenix as Sabathia embraced his teammates and then hugged his kids outside the dugout. History. #LegaCCy pic.twitter.com/aMOBjCKxRP— (@) May 1, 2019Sabathia, a six-time All Star, leads all active pitchers in strikeouts by a considerable margin. The next-highest tally belongs to 35-year-old Justin Verlander, who trails Sabathia by 241.MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN While Sabathia may be primarily remembered for his time with the Yankees — he is in his 11th season with them — his career also includes successful stints in Cleveland, where he debuted, and Milwaukee, where he almost single-handedly dragged the Brewers to the postseason following a midseason trade.In his 17-outing stretch run with the Brewers — perhaps the best months he ever produced — he kept his ERA at 2.14 and threw seven complete games, three of which were shutouts.That landed Sabathia a big contract in New York that could hardly have begun better. In his debut in pinstripes, he won the ALCS MVP award en route to a World Series title.Through it all, even in recent seasons, he has continued to rack up strikeouts, averaging 7.7 per nine innings over his career.His place in the 3,000-strikeout club now secure, Sabathia can chase 250 wins (he's at 247 currently), along with other milestones. But even if he hadn't returned this season, he would be remembered as one of the best and most durable pitchers of the 2000s.

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