Yankees Rumors: Andy Pettitte Leaning Toward Return

Just about two weeks ago a Texas radio station caught up with Andy Pettitte at a charity golf game and the veteran lefty dropped a bombshell – he was leaning toward retirement.

But he’s said that before and just like past years it appears he is likely to come back one more time. According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, industry sources have indicated that Pettitt is willing to come back in 2011.

This is great news as the free agent market after Cliff Lee is extremely thin so if the Yankees had to replace Pettitte as well as Javier Vazquez it would have been very hard.

It also would have been a shame because 2010 was disappointing for Pettitte. Not only did the Yankees lose, but Pettitte was dominant for most of the year only to be forced with a lingering groin injury that kept him out of action for most of the second half. It also held him back in the playoffs and that is not the way Pettitte wants to retire.

In the interview with that Texas radio station, Pettitte said that no matter what he decides 2011 will be his last year. That’s the way to go out, give Yankees fans a chance to realize that they are seeing the final year of a terrific pitcher. There will be ovations, chanting, and lots of adoration. 2011 will be a special year for Pettitte.

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4 Responses to Yankees Rumors: Andy Pettitte Leaning Toward Return

  1. Mike S. says:

    Agreed. Hopefully career win #250 (240 now, 203 as a Yankee) comes in front of the home crowd.

    If he wouldn't have gone to Houston for three years, he would have topped Whitey Ford's club record of 236 wins.

  2. Bronx Knight says:

    Every year, the same thing … I'm leaning towards retiring … OK, OK, one more year.

    BUT at least Andy always says, it's the Yankees or nuthin' …

  3. Bronx Knight says:

    Will Andy make the Hall if he retires with, say, 252 wins?

    • Mike S. says:

      The Good: The # of wins, the rings, the 19 postseason wins. It seemed like every postseason, he was there (even with Houston). The consistency.

      The Bad: No CYA to hang his hat on, ERA a bit high for the HOF (see Jack Morris and his struggles getting in). The HGH. Some years overlooked because of having Wells, Clemens, El Duque, Cone, Mussina, CC, Oswalt on his own team.

      Prognosis: Borderline HOF candidate. A very tough call. In the same boat with Mussina?