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Feb 4 – A Legend Rests: Thanks for the Memories, Andy

Number 46 Chooses to Retire

(New York, NY) – It has been a tough winter in New York this year.  The snow and storms have set records, and the Yanks have not been all that active in the marketplace and many teams around them have improved.  We lost the Cliff lee sweepstakes and deep down inside many Bomber fans quietly hoped and speculated that Andy would pitch sometime this season, even if he started in June.

And then the worst possible news to cap it all off.  Andy has chosen to retire.   One of the clutch Yankee performers in the playoffs of all time, and one of the classiest on and off the field, has decided to call it a career.   The rest of the post calls out his facts and figures and there is some short but great video clips as well.  As a fan, I say, thanks for the memories, starting in the 1996 playoffs and culminating in that 5th ring in 2009.  Andy was a Dandy.

Click this Link to see the top 9 Post Season Wins in his career per MLB.COM

And from Yankees.Com here are some career info and stats:
Pettitte, 38, finishes his career with a 240-138 (.635) record and 3.88 ERA (3,055.1 IP, 1,317 ER) in 479 starts over 16 Major League seasons with the Yankees (1995-2003 and ’07-10) and Houston Astros (2004-06). He is one of just 26 pitchers all-time to complete his career 100-or-more games over .500. Of the 19 Hall of Fame-eligible pitchers who have reached that plateau, only “Parisian” Bob Caruthers, who went 218-99 from 1884-92, is not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Originally selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Pettitte played 13 seasons with the club, going 203-112 with a 3.98 ERA (2,535,2 IP, 1,122 ER) and 1,823 strikeouts in 405 games (396 starts). In franchise history, he ranks second in strikeouts and starts, third in wins, fourth in innings pitched and eighth in appearances (405). He appeared in eight career World Series (seven as a Yankee), winning championships with the club in 1996, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09.

Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, going 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 42 career starts. He also ranks first all time in postseason starts and innings pitched (263.0), and is tied for second with 173 strikeouts. His personal career postseason win total is more than that of nine other franchises (Kansas City-18; Arizona-15, Seattle-15, San Diego-12, Tampa Bay-10, Colorado-9, Milwaukee-9, Texas-9, and Montreal/Washingon-5). As a Yankee in the postseason, he went 18-9 with a 3.79 ERA (237.2 IP, 100 ER) in 38 career starts. While winning his final World Series with the Yankees in 2009, he became the first pitcher in Baseball history to start and win the clinching game of three series in a single postseason (ALDS vs. Minnesota, ALCS vs. Los Angeles-AL and WS vs. Philadelphia).

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One Response

  1. andy, i would be happy to retire your number and put you in the yankee hall of fame/monument park…unfortunately, i wouldnt be able to vote for you for the baseball hall of fame in cooperstown…you are a few wins short, and the history of performance enhancing drugs kills your candidacy

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