New York Yankees news, 5/14/20: Mike Francesa rants over CC Sabathia weight loss, owners vs players war igniting

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Mark Fischer | New York Post: CC Sabathia is one of the most well-known Yankees players in the team’s history. While he just recently retired after the 2019 season, Sabathia spent 11 years with the Yankees, compiling a 3.81 overall ERA, 307 games played, and nearly 2000 innings pitched. His time with the Bombers was mainly successful, playing nearly his entire 30s with the club. He recently lost a ton of weight, which has, for whatever reason, forced Mike Francesa to rant.

Some are curious as to why Sabathia didn’t slim down during his playing career, and Francesa shot back stating that he doesn’t believe losing weight would have helped his arm in the latter portion of his career. Sabathia weighed 300 pounds while acting as a starting pitcher in the MLB, and his new physique shouldn’t indicate anything more than retirement goals.

Brendan Kuty | MLB owners agreed on Monday that spring training could start in mid-June and Opening Day could be scheduled for early July. While this is far from a solidified action, talks are currently being held between the players union and team owners. It is revolving primarily around payment and how they will manage the salary cap. Will there be prorated contracts? How will this entire thing work financially? There are plenty of questions still left for debate, but baseball is gaining steam with a start hopefully occurring within the next few weeks.

Andres Chavez | Empire Sports Media: While the world deals with the coronavirus in different ways, athletes all over the planet have begun to exercise community outreach programs to help fight on the front lines. One young minor-league player named Montana Semmel is one of them. A former 36th round draft pick by the New York Yankees has begun to raise money for Stamford health response fund. Here’s a look into the good he’s doing for the Stamford community.