CC Sabathia took the first step of his post-playing career as he's set to remain with the Yankees in a front office role.
Sabathia, who spent 11 seasons in New York, will serve as a special adviser to Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman, according to The New York Post. The report also indicated that there are discussions to include Sabathia, 39, on the Yankees' television broadcast.
In October, Sabathia announced the end of his professional career, which spanned across 19 seasons. He'd built a strong enough case to receive consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he never wanted to entirely step away from baseball.
Sabathia had always hoped to receive a role to remain within the Yankees' organization. During his final season, Sabathia expressed his desire for a front office gig upon his retirement, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.
The transition from the baseball field to front office isn't an unfamiliar route for a handful of former Yankees. Carlos Beltran served as a special adviser before he landed the managerial position with the Mets. Former Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher were Cashman's special advisers during the 2018 season.
According to the report, it's Cashman's expectation that Sabathia will be involved with the Yankees as well as its minor league affiliates. Sabathia, however, isn't a fan of the dress code that comes with potentially working in the broadcast booth.
“I’m not wearing a suit,” Sabathia told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post in May. “Why do I need to wear a suit to talk about baseball? It is f–king stupid to wear a suit. Guys on the field aren’t wearing dress clothes. People in the stands aren’t wearing dress clothes. It makes no sense. If they let me go up there in a Jordan sweat-suit, I’ll do games all day.”