The New York Yankees announced today that LHP Andy Pettitte will once again retire following the 2013 season.
Here was Andy Pettitte’s statement from today’s press conference:
“I’m announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now—while I’m still wearing this uniform—how grateful I am for their support throughout my career. I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special.
“I’ve reached the point where I know that I’ve left everything I have out there on that field. The time is right. I’ve exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that’s exactly how I want to leave this game.
“One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday. It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.”
In his career Andy has gone 255-152 (.627) with a 3.86 ERA and he’s also the winningest pitcher in the postseason, going 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA. This season Pettitte has gone 10-10 with a 3.91 ERA but has looked like vintage Andy Pettitte in August, going 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA. Pettitte also pitched brilliantly in his last start, giving up one run in 6 innings-plus.
Photo credit: (August 31, 2013 – Source: Rich Schultz/Getty Images North America)