Little ‘C’ is not so little anymore. And he’s doing big things, too.
Carsten Sabathia, who played for the Diamond Jacks Super 16U team this past summer, cranked up his credentials a bit last month on the west coast.
Sabathia went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs in the Generations All Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California. The event is in its first year but the organization is three years in development under the direction of the Mets’ Dominic Smith, who grew up in nearby Gardena.
“I started it because there was nothing like this when I was coming up,” Smith told Baseball America. “Guys get drafted from L.A. and they don’t come back and give their time and just help events or show their face and let the community know they’re from there and they’re trying to help.”
Smith is a product of Serra High School, a city in south Los Angeles where more than one in seven residents lives below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Smith formed Baseball Generations in 2017 with two friends. The organization is dedicated to providing instruction, mentorship and playing opportunities for inner-city youth.
The event brought together 40 of the top high school players in the nation. Smith and Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford served as managers of the two teams and the coaches were Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, Marlins infielder Jazz Chisholm, and Red Sox minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson.
Sabathia, the son of former New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, is a 6-4, 205-pound corner infielder from Alpine, N.J. He is a junior at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell.
Adam Weinrib, a writer for Fansided blog, recently got a peek at Carsten and offered this evaluation: “Retired Yankees ace CC Sabathia’s son is a 17-year-old slugger. Yes, Carsten Sabathia III, aka Little C, can really play this game.”
Team Smith defeated Team Crawford, 10-5, with Sabathia leading the way. Duke Ekstrom, a righthander from San Diego, was named the top pitcher after pitching two scoreless innings. Druw Jones, son of former major league slugger Andruw Jones, from Georgia, won the pre-game home run derby.
The game boasted many of the top high school players in the 2022 and ‘23 classes. Most were from Southern California. Smith’s Generations organization did attempt to bring in major talent from around the nation, including Termarr Johnson of Atlanta, Mikey Romero of Murrieta, Calif., Justin Crawford, the son of former major league Carl Crawford, from Las Vegas, and New Jersey’s Sabathia.
Sabathia plays now with the Diamond Jacks Super 17U team.