Cashman on Pettitte: “Nothing New or Different”

General manager put out some interesting news today when he essentially told the NY Daily News that he didn’t think that Andy Pettitte would start the 2011 season. However, he backtracked from that stance shortly after that.

Here is what he told the Daily News: “I don’t think he’s determined if he’s officially finished or not, but he’s chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011.”

He then said he misspoke and that he should have substituted the word “start” with the word “pitch”.

So essentially Cashman is not claiming that Pettitte may pull a Roger Clemens where he doesn’t start the season only to join them later on in the season. What he is saying is that even though he has made nothing official, at this point it seems he is not going to pitch in 2011.

Cashman summed up this position by saying: “Nothing new or different,” Cashman said. “Exactly what I’ve been saying for the past month or two months.”

So if you’ve read today that Pettitte is retired or definitely not starting the season with the team, you’ve read an inaccurate report. As of right now nothing has changed. Pettitte is still on the fence, but does not appear likely to play again.

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8 Responses to Cashman on Pettitte: “Nothing New or Different”

  1. Yomommasan says:

    Here's 2 things I don't get: 1. da Yanks need Andy desperately. 2. He's jerking them around big time. Considering his career and all his actions from the day we first met him 15 years ago, did anyone think any person anytime would get a jerk job from Andy Pettitte????? What is going on here? This is so unlike anything Andy ever did or how he ever treated anyone before, I personally am flabbergasted. C'mon, Andy, how tough is it to say, "I will pitch" or "I will not pitch" or "I will not pitch until later in the season like Roger did"????? PICK ONE, damn it!

    • Mike S. says:

      Wrote it before, writing it again. A friend of mine said it before Christmas, and ESPN1050 (Wallace Matthews) writes about it two weeks later (kudos to my friend on being ahead on this). Could any of this with Pettitte have to do with Clemens' perjury trial this summer? Would Pettitte be called to testify?

      • Bronx Knight says:

        What would Pettite's possible testimony at a Clemens trial have to do with whether or not he plays baseball this year?

      • My question is, wasn't this the same exact scenario one year ago before his trial was delayed? What makes this different than last year?

        • Mike S. says:

          Dunno. Maybe because it's finally actually going to occur? It's scheduled for July.

          If he needs to testify, who knows how long he'd be on the stand and what disruptions it would bring. How many weeks it would take from Andy being on the mound.

          I'd like Andy back for another year. But as far as this…

          I can't say. What is going on behind lawyer's doors, who knows, maybe there is more to it than last year, I dunno.

          But the possibility of it affecting Pettitte's decision? I can certainly see that.

          Matthews column is here, it's an interesting take.

          http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/columns/st

          • I don't know. They could easily schedule Pettitte's appearances so he doesn't miss any starts at all. He'll be up on the stand once, maybe twice? It's not going to be for longer than four days. Just schedule him to come in the day after he pitches and there would be no problem.

            I think it's typical ESPN trying to take something insignificant and building it into a big story.

          • Mike S. says:

            I don't. I can clearly see how distracting it could be if it plays out a while. Might need to miss a start, maybe two. Maybe Andy doesn't want to deal with it while he is pitching, as Matthews states. The testimony, then Clemens' side trying to take Andy apart. Constant media scrutinization before, during and after it all could just tend to overshadow everything and disrupt Pettitte to the point where he feels he isn't giving the team 100% because of the distractions. I can't pretend to get inside Andy's head. Could I see it as possibly being a factor in his decision to play in 2011 or retire? Sure.

  2. Again though, at this point last season they thought there was going to be a trail midseason in 2010. Now they think there will be a trial midseason in 2011. Nothing has changed there.

    Again, he doesn't even have to miss one start. They could easily schedule it that way for him.

    It might be a factor, but it's probably a small one. This is a guy who was talking about retirement going back to 2007 before this was even an issue.