My friend Jon is a few years older than me, and I remember him saying that turning 30 wasn’t a big deal. It was turning 31 that made him feel old.
CC Sabathia turns 31 years old today.
He has 171 career wins, the most by any pitcher before their 31st birthday since Catfish Hunter had 202 in 1977. According to Elias, the last pitchers with at least 170 wins before turning 31 are currently in the Hall of Fame: Hunter, Bob Feller, Hal Newhouser, Robin Roberts, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Ferguson Jenkins and Jim Palmer.
Maybe Sabathia will feel like an old man today, but I doubt it. Since May 19 he’s gone 11-1 with a 2.11 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 17 walks. If he’s pitching like an old man, it’s because he’s pitching like Cy Young. And for whatever it’s worth, I didn’t think turning 31 was so bad.
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