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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — New York Yankees great CC Sabathia announced his retirement Monday.

Sabathia’s career ended with a whimper last Thursday, when he exited Game 4 of the ALCS with an apparent shoulder injury.

After speculation that the 39 year-old would retire following the injury, Sabathia tweeted a statement saying that he was leaving the mound for good.

“I’m so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present,” said Sabathia in his tweet.

The 2007 Cy Young Award winner began his career as a Cleveland Indian before being traded to Milwaukee in 2008.

Sabathia would then sign with the Yankees in 2009 as a free agent and helped lead the storied franchise to its most recent World Series victory. He lead the league in wins twice in 2009 and 2010.

Former teammate Robinson Cano congratulated Sabathia via Twitter saying that Sabathia is a “first ballot Hall of Famer for sure.”

The six time All-Star finished his career with 251 wins, 3.74 overall ERA, and 3,093 strikeouts.

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