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Posted: Monday July 7, 2008 3:41PM; Updated: Monday July 7, 2008 9:03PM

Punctuation purge: New Brewers P Sabathia ditches dots in 'CC'

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  • CC Sabathia no longer wants periods after the initials he uses for his first name
  • It was not immediately known why Sabathia wanted it that way
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Write an e-mail and cc it all around baseball: New Milwaukee Brewers pitcher CC Sabathia no longer wants periods after the initials he uses for his first name.

From here on out, Carsten Charles Sabathia is just "CC" Sabathia -- not "C.C."

After holding a news conference Monday morning to announce they'd made a trade to acquire the reigning AL Cy Young award winner from Cleveland, a member of the Brewers public relations staff advised media members that Sabathia prefers to have his initials written without periods.

"Oh, really?" Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said.

But after Sabathia arrived in Milwaukee Monday afternoon, he said it wasn't a big deal.

"I guess I'd go no periods," Sabathia said.

The Brewers sent four prospects to Cleveland for Sabathia. The big lefty, as it turned out, became a player to be renamed later.

Melvin noted that the Brewers now have two players who don't use first names -- Sabathia and shortstop J.J. Hardy -- and wondered if it might start a trend.

Hardy, by the way, apparently is keeping his periods in place.

Sabathia isn't the first pitcher to request a name change upon joining the Brewers.

When the pitcher known as Jeremi Gonzalez for most of his career was traded to Milwaukee in 2006, he made it known through the team that the proper spelling of his first name was Geremi. Gonzalez was killed by a lightning strike in his native Venezuela in May.

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