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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
CC on velo: I'll still be good

By Andrew Marchand

CC Sabathia had some laughs with Mike & Mike on ESPN New York 98.7 FM and across the country on ESPN Radio/ESPN2 on Wednesday morning.

When Mike Greenberg mentioned that the second Sabathia pitches in spring, Greenberg's Twitter feed fills up with how hard he is throwing, Sabathia knew the topic he doesn't love was next.

But Sabathia handled the velo question with relative ease. "My velocity is what it is, to be honest with you" Sabathia said. "As [Mike] Golic just said, I've thrown a 1.2 million innings. It is what is at this point. Wherever it is, I'm fine"

Sabathia reiterated that he needs to locate and he will be fine, if he does. As we have written about here repeatedly, Sabathia needs to reinvent himself to be successful. He may not use those words, but the fact he recognizes it is important.

Sabathia hit on some other subjects as well.

1. An ESPN The Magazine Players' Poll that said the Yankees are the most overhyped team in baseball:

"That's standard," Sabathia said. "If I wasn't on the Yankees, I'd be saying the same thing."

2. At 33 years old, how does he feel compared to other seasons?

"I feel like I'm further along than I have been in the past," Sabathia said.

3. On Masahiro Tanaka's ability to be successful in the majors.

"His stuff can play," Sabathia said. He said he has been impressed with Tanaka's ability to handle all things that come along with being a Yankee -- meaning the media and the expectations.

4. On Derek Jeter's retirement tour.

"It is going to be fun," Sabathia said.

5. On the Alex Rodriguez not being on the team this year.

"It is behind us," Sabathia said. He wasn't very verbose on A-Rod, saying he is still a teammate, but they can only worry about the guys in the clubhouse now.