Jon Morosi @jonmorosi
CC Sabathia becomes only the third left-handed pitcher in @MLB history with 3,000 strikeouts. Huge congratulations to one of the most respected people in the sport, who has used his platform to help countless people -- inside and outside the game -- for so many years. @MLBNetwork
The New York Yankees star entered the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with 2,997 career strikeouts and didn't need long to reach the milestone. He struck out three batters in the second inning, with the third coming against catcher John Ryan Murphy to put himself in the record books.
It was an emotional moment for the pitcher, who was joined by the members of his team on the field:
Sabathia becomes only the 17th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 strikeouts for a career, although he is in even rarer territory as the third lefty:
Nolan Ryan leads all pitchers with 5,714 strikeouts, a mark no one will reach anytime soon, while Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Steve Carlton represent the only other members of the 4,000-K club.
Even if Sabathia doesn't climb up the list, he has still put together an incredible career that also includes 247 career victories entering Tuesday. With six All-Star selections, a Cy Young award and a World Series title also on his resume, this will likely add up to a Hall of Fame career.
The performance is even more impressive in an era that hasn't featured too many pitchers putting up these types of numbers. John Smoltz was the last player to reach the 3,000 mark in 2008.
Justin Verlander ranks second among active players with 2,759 career strikeouts, while Max Scherzer (2,503) also has a shot at matching Sabathia.