Pettitte will retire at the end of the season

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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.

He will be one of 12 players to finish with at least 15 seasons for New York Yankees, joining teammates and good friends Derek Jeter (19), Mariano Rivera (19) and Jorge Posada (17).

Photo credit: (August 31, 2013 – Source: Rich Schultz/Getty Images North America) 

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3 Responses to Pettitte will retire at the end of the season

  1. Tim says:

    Love Andy, I believe is a HOF based on postseason alone. His career numbers would probably be just a little short ,but he was a beast in the clutch and deserves to be in HOF!
    I didn't forget about PED issue ,but Pitchers who pitched in steroid era deserve some slack. I know pitchers have used too but it is still pretty one sided.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Whether he is HOF worthy is a tough call. He was never regarded as one of the best pitchers in the game, and was never even the ace on his own staff. However, how many pitchers have won more games, with a better ERA in the DH league, during his career?
    Only 6 pitchers from his era have more wins Maddux ( 355, great pitcher, helped by not having to face DHs), Clemens (354, throw out the last 8-10 years for steroid use), Glavine (305, also in the non-DH league), Randy Johnson (303),
    Mike Mussina (270), Jaime Moyer (269!).
    So throwing out Clemens for obvious reasons, only Mussina had more wins primarily pitching in the AL. Hard to say 255 wins doesn't belong, especially in the 5 man rotation era. Sometimes a player gets in because of a long quality career instead of peaks of brilliance. I think that's the case here, send Andy to the Hall.

  3. Michael R says:

    TT, I think your next to last sentence SHOULD be the reason he gets it.

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