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CC Sabathia bids farewell to baseball after 19 MLB seasons

After going off injured in the New York Yankees' defeat to the Houston Astros, retiring CC Sabathia bid an emotional farewell to baseball.

CC Sabathia bade farewell to baseball on Monday, two days after he went off injured in the New York Yankees' postseason defeat to the Houston Astros.

Veteran pitcher Sabathia, who confirmed in February that this MLB season would be his last, had to leave the field during Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. 

The Yankees went on to lose 6-4, with the Astros claiming the series 4-2.

Sabathia took to Twitter on Monday, posting an emotional goodbye to baseball following 19 years in MLB.

"It all started in Vallejo, CA in my grandma's backyard throwing grapefruits at a folding chair," the 39-year-old wrote.

"I could have never imagined how much this game has meant to me since. Through the ups and downs, baseball has always been my home.

"From Cleveland, to Milwaukee, New York, and everywhere in between, I'm so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present."

Sabathia went 251-161 with a 3.74 ERA and 3,093 strikeouts in 19 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and the Yankees.