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CC Sabathia costs himself $500K by getting ejected

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CC Sabathia has a contract incentive for 2018 which would pay him $500,000 if he completed 155 innings. Coming in to today’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays he had 148 innings under his belt. It’s been nearly three months since he’s gone seven innings in a game and he’s only done it three times all year, but he had a shot.

A really good shot as the game developed, actually, as the Yankees built up an 11-0 lead through the top of the sixth and Sabathia took the mound in the bottom of the sixth having thrown only 55 pitches while twirling a one-hit shutout. A half a million bucks was basically in the bag.

Then Rays catcher Jesus Sucre came up to the plate to start the bottom half of the sixth. And this happened:

I didn’t have the game on, but from what I can gather, Sabathia was throwing at Sucre in retaliation for the Rays throwing at Austin Romine earlier in the game.

We will obviously have more on this once people talk about it after the game — and if MLB has the guts to post video of it, we’ll have that too — but I think it’s safe to say that CC Sabathia broke every Does Not Give a Flying Crap-o-Meter present in Tropicana Field today.

I’m in awe. I’m sitting here slack-jawed right now.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.