Andy Pettitte shocked us all when he came out of retirement last offseason and he might not be done yet.
Pettitte, who is now 40-years-old, missed the month of April to prepare for this season and then spent another two months on the DL with a broken ankle. But when he was on the field he was very successful, posting a 2.87 ERA with a 8.2 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 over 75.1 innings. Considering how good he was it is not a shock to hear that he might come back.
“I came back because I felt I had some competition left in me,” Pettitte told Jeff Bradley and Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger. “I wanted to help this team win another championship. I don’t think any result in this series was going to dictate what I was going to do moving forward.
“I still have the desire to compete, but there are family things. I just have to try and figure that out.”
“It’s a long season,” he said. “What better job to have than to play baseball? But it gets tough, whenever the family can’t be together. I have a son going off to college and I know to a certain extent he wants me to be there to see some of that. …
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to make up my mind in the next few weeks. That’s my hope, to not let it drag on.”
Pettitte’s decision to retire or go on was an annual ritual even before he retired. One year he announced he was returning in December, another year he waited until January and once he didn’t decide he was coming back until February.
Based on past experience, I expect that he will return. The one year he actually did retire it seemed much more likely at the time than any of the other years where he eventually returned. This has much more of the feeling that he will decide to come back.