C.C. Sabathia was ready to retire, but he wasn't about to leave his sport behind.
Sabathia spent nearly two decades in Major League Baseball. And the celebrated southpaw covers them all in his book "Till the End"—the decade-plus with the New York Yankees and the seven years in Cleveland.
But one of the best parts of his career was that sliver of a season he spent in Milwaukee in 2008. Why? He wasn't the only one on the Brewers roster who looked like he did. At least six other Black players had key roles on that playoff team.
Rosters like that were rare. And they're rarer now. Only 58 Black players held roster spots league-wide on opening day this year.
That's why Sabathia stepped into a role as special assistant to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. He leads initiatives aimed at further diversifying the sport.
Because representation matters.
Yokohama gets it. It's why the tire maker is throwing its weight behind All-In, an initiative designed to foster diversity in motorsports, particularly when it comes to gender.