Andy Pettitte To Retire

It's the end of a three-month wait for the Yankees and a 16-year career for Andy Pettitte. The left-hander is set to announce his retirement tomorrow, the team announced.

The Yankees waited all winter for Pettitte and would have welcomed him back for a 14th season in pinstripes. Instead, the 38-year-old will call it a career and the Yankees will turn to the likes of Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova, Andrew Brackman and Sergio Mitre to fill out their rotation.

Pettitte won five World Championships with the Yankees and made three All-Star teams in a career that began with a relief appearance against the Royals in April of 1995. Pettitte retires with 240 regular season wins, a 3.88 ERA (117 ERA+) and 2251 strikeouts.

His teams made the postseason in all but three of his big league seasons, so Pettitte has lots of experience in October; he has 19 wins and a 3.83 ERA in the playoffs. Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, ranks first all-time in postseason starts and innings pitched and is tied for second with 173 strikeouts.

Pettitte becomes the second high-profile left-hander to turn down millions of dollars from the Yankees this offseason. Cliff Lee, the Yankees' top offseason target, turned down more guaranteed money from New York to return to Philadelphia.

Michael Kay of 1050 ESPN radio in New York first reported the news (on Twitter).


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466 Comments on "Andy Pettitte To Retire"


rickjimbo
4 years 6 months ago

oh boy, NYY crunch time now. I must say he had a heck of a career considering the PEI involvement stuff he seemed to stay mostly above the fray

Devern Hansack
4 years 6 months ago

I didn’t know he was involved with Prince Edward Island.

rickjimbo
4 years 6 months ago

sorry had a SCTV flashback there, “Magnum, P.E.I.”

4 years 6 months ago

Damn, you were all over that one.

4 years 6 months ago

All over it like the Yankees on aging fifth starters

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

I had to lol at the one, clever

4 years 6 months ago

7 days with out PEI equals one weak…spleen, liver, pituitary gland…

GoAwayNow
4 years 6 months ago

Thank the lord.

-The rest of the A.L. East

4 years 6 months ago

He’s always been a class act and one of my favorite Yanks ever. I think the whole Yankee family will be sad to see him retire.

rushforpresident
4 years 6 months ago

A class act who cheated at baseball? Nice standards Osc. I’m glad to see the cheating yankee go. Good riddance.

deere5800
4 years 6 months ago

You must dislike an awful lot of baseball players

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Or maybe he just loves the game and wants to see it played the right way….

rushforpresident
4 years 6 months ago

I’m going to go with this reply. Thanks flickadave.

deere5800
4 years 6 months ago

I want to see it played the right way too. But he played in an era when steroid use was absolutely pervasive in the sport. He did steroids and admitted it. To me that’s a hell of a lot more classy than those who sat on the hands, not to mention all those who denied it.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

He admitted it after he got caught. There is nothing classy about what he did.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

And we will never know if what he admitted to was ALL that he did. Will we?

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

True, but then again, you can say that about any player in this era can’t you?

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Any player that has admitted to HGH use, yes.

deere5800
4 years 6 months ago

Fair enough, but I’d say we can’t really pass judgment one way or the other because we have no idea how sincere he really was in his apology. It’s also classier than the way other’s handled similar situations

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

People can’t man up for their mistakes and apologize and move on?

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

They can, even though he didn’t man up about anything. Just don’t try to pass it off as being classy. I will give him credit for being smarter than the other roiders and spinning it in a way that made him seem like a team player.

Rob NY
4 years 6 months ago

I must have missed the handout describing what “the right way” is. Does “the right way” not include multi-vitamins and supplements because they didn’t exist in 1896? Damn all those helmet wearing pansies, they don’t play the right way!

vonhayesdays
4 years 6 months ago

they did have miracle elixers and tonics some of which contained cocaine and all kinds of uppers and vitamins , so it stands to reason that atleast some of baseball players tried or used them on regular bases . I dont really know and have no proof but just a thought

raullll
4 years 6 months ago

He didn’t use steriods, he used HGH.

HGH is produced by your body, and steroids people normally get from bullshark to get bigger size.

You guys know nothing and still keeep on talking.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Hey, didn’t I see you on the BALCO hearings? Does it really matter what he took? He still cheated the game.

raullll
4 years 6 months ago

“Does it really matter what he took?” what a stupid question, of course it matter what he took.

You have absolutely no clue what your talking about, all that matters to you is that he is a yankee and he must be hated.

i could understand your point if he took steroids and was lighting up the radar gun, but since 2002 andy’s fastball has never toched 90 mph on average.

Guys that take steroids normally hit more HRs or light up the radar gun, andy did neither

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Does it matter what he took? No it doesn’t. He cheated the game. He took HGH to heal faster so that he could get back to pitching sooner. That is just what he admitted to doing because he got caught. What else did he do that we don’t know about?

One of the reasons that it matters is because, by taking HGH to heal faster, he gave his team an unfair advantage over a team with players that didn’t use PEDs. That’s bad for the game. It would be like letting one team use corked bats.

Another reason that it matters, and I hope Pettitte finds this out in 5 years, is because a lot of the allure to many baseball fans are the statistics players produce. You see it on MLBTR all the constantly. People decide who is the better player or who a team should acquire (and how much said player should be paid) by what stats a guy puts up. Both HGH and steroids skew those numbers. That’s really bad for the game in a multitude of ways. How do you decide who deserves to be in the HoF if their numbers weren’t comparable to players that went before them? It doesn’t matter if Andy was lighting up the radar gun or not. He was able to play in games that he shouldn’t have been playing in because he used HGH (and who knows what else).

Yes, Pettitte was a Yankee and therefore he had to be hated BUT, as Yankees go, he was one of the more likable ones. I’m just as disappointed at Papi (and probably Manny) using PEDs as I am at Pettitte. In my opinion, Selig should have banned all players caught using PEDs for life. Pete Rose is banned for life because his bets might have influenced a handful of games. All of the PED users have influenced the outcomes of, probably, the vast majority of games. After a while, you might as well go watch professional wrestling.

Where would you draw the line? Sounds like you would be OK with all the players juicing and let the best chemist win. Or is it just all the Yankees that can juice with impunity? Seems like all that matters to you is that he was a Yankee and, therefore, he could do no wrong. You really think that that is good for the game?

bleachercreature
4 years 6 months ago

to me using a drug to heal faster and get back into the game is not a bad thing, he was upfront about that. What would you do if you were in his situation? besides he did that in Houston so technically it doesn’t make the Yankees cheaters it makes the Astros

monkeydung
4 years 6 months ago

to me he was the first one to come up with that excuse.

jaryl612
4 years 6 months ago

That’s exactly why Bonds, McGwire etc used drugs. They lifted weights which made tiny tears in their muscle fibers and used drugs to heal those muscles faster.

bleachercreature
4 years 6 months ago

that’s not even close to the same thing. Pettitte was legitimately hurt, those guys were healthy

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

The justification of why they did it makes little difference. They all did it, whether it helped them heal or helped prevent them from injury, it makes no difference

vinnieg
4 years 6 months ago

if you dont think pettitte has class your foolish. yeah he used hgh, but he gave the most sincere apology possible. he called himself an embarrassment and if thats not class then your out of your mind.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

That isn’t true at all. I believe his exact quote was “If I did anything wrong, I am sorry.”

0bsessions
4 years 6 months ago

I love that response. It’s what I give my girlfriend when she doesn’t like my tone.

It probably goes over just as well in regards to PED accusations as it does with her, too.

4 years 6 months ago

Just out of curiosity, what team do you root for? Because I can list a bunch of players on any team that probably used PEDs. Of course you probably wont respond, like the Yankee hating troll that you are.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

I’m curious. Name “a bunch of” Royals and Pirates players that probably used HGH. Of course you probably won’t respond, like the PED enabler that you are.

Rob NY
4 years 6 months ago

Barry Bonds was a Pittsburgh Pirate wasn’t he? Oh.

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

ya when he was skinny

thevoiceofbv
4 years 6 months ago

Josias Manzanillo, Tim Laker, Hal Morris (’99), Jason Grimsley, Denny Neagle, Jason Christiansen, Brendan Donnelly, Jeremy Giambi. The Mitchell Report had players on it from the lowest to the highest. As much as I cheered Andy Pettitte on, he will suffer the same fate as Mark McGwire.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

OK, I don’t think that any of the players that you listed should even be on the HoF ballot then. Fair?

thevoiceofbv
4 years 6 months ago

You don’t think Jeremy Giambi is a HoF’er? Just kidding, you made a fair point….you asked for a bunch of Royals / Pirates on the list. Quality is another thing….

sf55forlife
4 years 6 months ago

You left out Willie Stargell

4 years 6 months ago

I can name a bunch of Royals and Pirates that probably SHOULD’VE used PEDs.

But come to think of it… that George Brett blow up after he was called out in the “pine tar” game seemed somewhat reminiscent of “roid rage.”

rushforpresident
4 years 6 months ago

I am a Red Sox fan. And Yes, we had two major players that contributed to our two rings. And yes, I immediately wanted them off the team. And yes, Petitte was a great pitcher. And yes, I hate the yankees. BUT. More importantly than all of that, I LOVE BASEBALL. And it’s not fair to the memories and legacies of players like Ruth, Aaron, Speaker, Cobb, and Maris to let these guys off with “Oh, he apologized so nicely.” He cheated baseball. End of story.

sf55forlife
4 years 6 months ago

Babe Ruth injected himself with sheep testosterone. Mike Schmidt used Amphetamines. Willie Mays too. And Hank Aaron. And Willie Stargell. Mickey Mantle is a suspected PED user as well. Pud Galvin used PED’s as a player before the 20th century.

Whitey Ford used to doctor the baseball. Gaylord Perry too.

top_prospect_aw
4 years 6 months ago

Jimi Hendrix did purple haze, Bob Marley smoked weed and Eric Clapton tributes Cocaine…and I tell my best stories when I’m drunk. Who cares..appreciate it for what it is. :)

sf55forlife
4 years 6 months ago

so its ok for Hank Aaron to cheat, and yes he even admitted to it, but when Barry Bonds supposedly does it he is the worst human being known to man. GREAT!

TheWeedInLincecum
4 years 6 months ago

lol purple haze is weed lmao its a strain(f)

Yanksfan2010
4 years 6 months ago

So what team do you like? Your just someone who hates the Yankees. Andy Pettitte was a great pitcher.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Certainly an above average pitcher, but not a great pitcher.

Steven St Croix
4 years 6 months ago

Well said. Definatly not a HOF’er

4 years 6 months ago

Well, Steve Neither are you. I’d vote for him.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

good one.. are you rubber and him glue?

Rob NY
4 years 6 months ago

He was a very good pitcher, and I loved him as a player. Unfortunately, the only way to let him in IMO is by pointing out other pitchers who I think also don’t belong. That seems contradictory so I won’t do it.

ironnat
4 years 6 months ago

All criticism of the Yankees can be explained away by saying “Your just someone who hates the Yankees” but if that doesn’t work immediately mention the 27 rings and all is well.

Ben_Cherington
4 years 6 months ago

“If you aint cheatin, you aint tryin”

I think that originated in baseball! Players and managers have been cheating for 100 years. Its part of the game, sometimes you get caught, sometimes you dont. You can find tons of guys in the hall who cheated some way or another. Ty Cobb sharpened is spikes, at least Pettitte was trying to hurt anyone, just trying to heal himself.

By no means am I saying its ok, but if you dont like cheating you need another sport!

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

I bet if I asked any Red Sox fan if Big Papi is a class act, they will say yes. If you are a Red Sox fan or if there are Red Sox fans who agree with you when you say Pettitte has No Class for cheating, then that should disqualify Papi as being a class act.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Has anyone even argued that cheaters can’t have class? Like Notsuresrs said earlier in the thread, “classiest most honorable cheat ever”. Sums it up pretty well I think.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

“rushforpresident [Moderator] 6 hours ago in reply to Osc S.
A class act who cheated at baseball? Nice standards Osc. I’m glad to see the cheating yankee go. Good riddance.

raullll
4 years 6 months ago

Kid everyone has HGH naturally in their body, the guy used it to recover from an injury which it would deff speed up the processs. It’s not like andy was pumping 95 mph fastballs.

4 years 6 months ago

Did you know that Andy Pettitte cheated to maintain a 4.50 ERA?

most overrated pitcher of all time

ironnat
4 years 6 months ago

A class act that left his team out to dry with his indecisiveness. He could have made the same decision two months ago and they could have filled his slot with a lot more options.

Rob NY
4 years 6 months ago

like who? The only guys that could improve the staff were Pettite and lee. Cliff decided to take more money and Andy retired. Who’d you want that got signed since Cliff did?

4 years 6 months ago

He did it to recover from an elbow injury.. Cut him some slack. It would seem his reason to use peds was to get back to 100%. Not 100% healthy plus peds.
Regards

Redsoxn8tion
4 years 6 months ago

Hats off to Andy. He was a great pitcher that I always feared facing when he played the Red Sox. Congrats on a great career.

4 years 6 months ago

So what position did you play?

4 years 6 months ago

Hoffman, Wagner*, and now Pettitte. Good luck everyone else on the ballot…

vtadave
4 years 6 months ago

What’s with the asterisk? Just curious…

4 years 6 months ago

Was gunna put a footnote, got tired. It’s been one of those days.

*not yet officially retired

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

If McGwire doesn’t get in, Pettitte shouldn’t get in.

4 years 6 months ago

u wanna call pettitte a cheater, fine thats ur opinion… but dnt compare him to bonds, mcgwire, and clemens… its 1 thing to use hgh its another to make a mockery of mlb and a circus of the media as those 3 have… its not a fair comparison

Ben_Cherington
4 years 6 months ago

One could also say…where would Baseball be without those three…especially McGwire in his prime. He put people back in the seats when baseball needed something to help revive the game. Just playing devils advocate by the way.

4 years 6 months ago

The only reason it’s a “circus” with those guys is because they were legit, transcendent stars who broke or set records. If Andy Pettitte had been anything better than an ok #2 starter throughout his career and then been found “cheating,” it would be a circus too.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Pettitte isn’t to begin with. And if McGwire doesn’t, Manny and A-Rod and the others shouldn’t

By the way, not sure if you heard after Henderson got elected, Canseco mentioned baseball is going to have a real problem when they find out they have a HOFer who used steroids. This was approximately right after Henderson got elected. Somebody mentioned though, although I can’t find a source or anything, that Canseco had said he believed Rickey was clean.

So let me ask you this, if he reveals what player it is, and if that player admits his guilt (although I doubt it). Do you think they should remove his plaque from the HOF? Is it fair to keep that player in and not elect the others. I don’t think it’s right to elect some and not elect others.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

I totally think that if they are keeping players out of the HoF because of steroid use and a player that is in now admits that he was a user then they should take him out of the HoF. Remember, I’m the guy that thinks there should be a ballot every year to vote people OUT of the HoF. That would make it more relevant than the “Hall of Very, Very Good” that it is becoming. The Baseball Hall of Fame won the 2010 museum Gold Glove didn’t it?

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

I already know my top 3 I’d vote off in that case

1- Phil Rizzuto
2- Bill Mazerowski
3- Jim Rice

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

That would make for an interesting thread wouldn’t it?

sf55forlife
4 years 6 months ago

THERE ARE PLAYERS IN THE HALL NOW WHO ARE ADMITTED PED USERS!

4 years 6 months ago

As Michael Kay would say….SEE YA!!!

shysox
4 years 6 months ago

As a White Sox fan, I shouldn’t be talking about bad announcers, but I hate Michael Kay.

bleachercreature
4 years 6 months ago

oh god I hate your guy! I’m sorry, but wow he is disgustingly terrible. He could probably have the worst calls ever and I hate John Sterling.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Imagine Sterling and Hawk as a team? GOODNESS GRACIOUS!

bleachercreature
4 years 6 months ago

NOOOOoooooOOOOOOOOooooo

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

I couldn’t be a CWS fan with that commentary. I mean, my Mets are feeling hard times but at least I can listen to Gary Keith and Ron

4 years 6 months ago

I’d rather have your guys… We (Phillies fans) went from Harry Kalas to Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler.

vonhayesdays
4 years 6 months ago

Rip HARRY

vonhayesdays
4 years 6 months ago

Ron Darling is tough to listen too but the rest are alright

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

Wow I can’t believe a Phillies fan is saying “I’d rather have your guys” to a Mets fan haha.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Ron is horrible. Keith always seems drunk when he speaks. Gary is decent though. But I cannot stand Ron Darling.

Ben_Cherington
4 years 6 months ago

PUT IT ON THE BOOOOOOOAAAARD…YES!!!!

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

As a Twins fan, even I have to admit it’s a pretty cool line they have with that.

4 years 6 months ago

Hawk is a bum

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

I can’t believe he was nominated for the Ford Frick award a few years ago.

strikethree
4 years 6 months ago

“HE GONE” as the Hawk would say…

4 years 6 months ago

I like Sterling and Kay. Screw you guys, I’m going home.

melkor77
4 years 6 months ago

grab some bench

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

DON’T STOP NOW BOYS!

sf55forlife
4 years 6 months ago

bad announcer yes. But his talk show is really good, he is a completely different guy on the radio. Probably because the Yankees limit his speech.

4 years 6 months ago

He gone!!!

wait_HOWmanyrings
4 years 6 months ago

EVERY SINGLE STRIKEOUT

4 years 6 months ago

I know…annoying. How did he get that job?

4 years 6 months ago

Checkmate, New York.

vinnieg
4 years 6 months ago

aside from boston tell me one team in the AL better then the yankees

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

Phillies

vinnieg
4 years 6 months ago

sorry bud, i meant in the AL.

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

rangers – tigers – rays – jays had a winning record against the yanks last year and have better pitching – a’s are on their heels – wsox – angels…

wickedkevin
4 years 6 months ago

Angels? You lose

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

vernon makes them WS favourites! haha

Stuntman23
4 years 6 months ago

Typically 3rd place teams in the AL West don’t make it to the WS.

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

ask the giants how they fared the year following a 3rd place showing in the NL west…

Russell Mania
4 years 6 months ago

This post is as correct as the phrase “the Red Sox could have won those championships without Ortiz and Manny on steroids”

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

take it your a yanks fan… need to loose the rose coloured glasses…

bleachercreature
4 years 6 months ago

lose*

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe he thought they were on too tight.

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

thats what you get when blogging at work and looking over your shoulder… oops. thx

4 years 6 months ago

I disagree with the Rangers. Their line up may be better but their rotation is just as bad if not worse and the Yankees have a better bullpen. Otherwise besides the angels i agree with your list.

4 years 6 months ago

so your saying that the yankees are the number 2 team in baseball behind boston, i think there are a great many teams that would beg to differ considering both teams have serious pitching issues…

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Just my thoughts, but the Red Sox don’t really have “serious” pitching problems. Lester and Bucholz were Cy Young contenders last year and Beckett will be healthy this year. Lackey is a better pitcher than he showed last year. Dice-K is an average pitcher at best though.

The Yankees do not have serious pitching problems either. Sabathia is one of the best pitchers in baseball, Phil Hughes is only getting better and (like Lackey) Burnett will have a better year this year. Nova showed he can do fine in the majors last year and and he will do fine this year and continue to grow. Their #5, whoever they choose will be fine for them if they can win 8-10 games.

In short, I would take either of these rotations over most of what other teams have.

4 years 6 months ago

A’s Rangers Twin’s White Sox possibly Tigers, Angels.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

lulz

4 years 6 months ago

no, no, no, no, no, no… ur done thank god… none of those teams r even close… the A’s have no offense watsoever… rangers lost their best player in cliff lee nd vlad who had an amazing year, twins have joe mauer nd morneau nd thats the extent of their team, white sox and tigers thats just laughable, and the angels do they even have a contending team anymore??? they might finish 3rd in the weak west… bryan says the yanks have pitching problems, name 1 team other than philly or boston that has a better #3 starter than phil hughes….

vinnieg there are none, ppl just dont know wat they r talkin bout

wickedkevin
4 years 6 months ago

I would argue, but your name is “TheSituation.” Thus, making your argument invalid.

4 years 6 months ago

The Giants didn’t have much offense either and look what they did last year, Yankees lost their best pitcher in Andy Pettitte, Joe Mauer plays a premium position, Yankees are laughable now too, and do the Yankees even have a contending team anymore? The weak west sent they’re best team to the WS last year, after dominating the mighty east teams of the Rays and Yankees. If Phil Hughes is your number3 starter whos the #2 starter? And I’ll name a team. The Rangers with Colby Lewis.

4 years 6 months ago

“The Giants didn’t have much offense either and [overachieved, were lucky, and got game changing calls]”

I fixed it for it you. (But I’m just a jealous Braves fan who wished we had three more runs in us) 😉

4 years 6 months ago

never thought I’d agree with a Braves fan but I’m going to here!

Again though I disagree with the sentiment that the Rangers are better. Their rotation has just as many questions as the Yankees and their bullpen is considerably weaker.

sf55forlife
4 years 6 months ago

hey completely dominated the Rangers and easily handled the Phillies. You can say they were lucky all you want, the truth is the Giants won over 90 games and had a team built for the playoffs. As much as the media likes to pretend that the Giants lucked into the playoffs it wasn’t really that way. The Giants were one of the hottest teams in the second half.

4 years 6 months ago

Tyler, what sport are you watching? Pettitte their best pitcher? I am sure CC has something to say about that. I think NY will be fine and they’ll compete. I think it;s funny that about a year ago everyone was jumping on the Mariner band-wagon during the off season and look what happened to them. Needless to say I predicted it (although not on this board). I am predicting it here: NY will win the division.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 6 months ago

Andy Pettitte was their best pitcher? I think there’s a big brown bear that would have something to say about that.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 6 months ago

this isn’t twitter you can spell words properly

vinnieg
4 years 6 months ago

A’s? Rangers? Twins? your out of your mind. None of these teams are better than the yankees.

wickedkevin
4 years 6 months ago

There may not be a team that is better, but I’d say there are a lot of teams that are close. Rays, White Sox, Twins, Tigers, etc.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Technically, the Rangers are the only team that can claim they are better than the Yankee’s in the AL at this very moment. Let’s chat about Boston in September.

vinnieg
4 years 6 months ago

yeah ill give you that. Now they dont have Lee so I am confident to say they are the number 2 team. But as we all know predictions are not credible

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Rangers

kevmill21
4 years 6 months ago

heck of a career, heck of a post-season force, enjoy retirement

4 years 6 months ago

To bad he lost his last post season game again who? The Rangers baybee!

rickjimbo
4 years 6 months ago

stay classy texas

4 years 6 months ago

You’re right, I apologize.

Infield Fly
4 years 6 months ago

You are right – it’s not classy – but to be honest it also happens to be the kind of thing MANY Yanks fans run around saying to fans of other teams — and on a regular basis. I just got a dose of it last week when I casually mentioned a different baseball team I like. The bragging and jeers began before I could finish my sentence. So just a little perspective….

4 years 6 months ago

Amen!

rickjimbo
4 years 6 months ago

Luckily for me I am a Red Sox fan
**cafe applause finger snaps**

glook2
4 years 6 months ago

He has more post season wins than the Rangers organization.

4 years 6 months ago

Post-season force….that’s going to be the fallacy on the likes of Jim “most feared hitter of his generation” Rice when Pettitte’s time comes and the writers have to try to justify voting for a guy who has no business in the hall. His post-season numbers are nearly identical to his regular-season numbers. Obviously the quality of post-season opponents is a bit higher, but his number in the playoffs still scream #2-3 starter. He only has the most wins because he’s made 42 starts for the team that has had consistently one of the best lineups in baseball.

4 years 6 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Now we’ll have to start speculating Brett Farve’s future on MLBTR.

Since_77
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks Andy! You will be missed.
I think game 5 of 1996 World Series was your best after loosing game 1. Thanks again!

touchmymonkey
4 years 6 months ago

Zambrano or Dempster for Joba – cubs get salary relief and nice solid BP ( Marshall, Joba, Wood, Marmol ). Yanks get starter they need.

4 years 6 months ago

It would cost a lot more to get either of those guys. And I don’t like the cubs or yanks and know this.

timmytwoshoezzz
4 years 6 months ago

LOL at the insanity of this trade. Even Hendry isn’t that dumb.

vinnieg
4 years 6 months ago

dempster wont happen. But I dont think it would take alot to get big z at all. Chicago hates that contract, and hates his attitude. Im not Hendry or Cashman but I can almost guarantee they would accept a Nova, Phelps, or Noesi for big Z trade. Its just a matter if zambrano wants to go to NY.

4 years 6 months ago

Ya, but they wouldn’t just straight up take Joba. You also got to remember that they trained away Gorzo, and acquired Garza so it seems they are wanting to try and win this year.

Bob George
4 years 6 months ago

Joba is incredibly overrated, injury prone, and a poor character. Dempster and Z both have no trade clauses.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Injury prone? He hurt is back once. I will agree hs is overrrated and has a poor character taste. But hey, so does Zambrano

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

I think you might have missed the Cashman press conference where he said that Joba wouldn’t be a starter because he hasn’t been the same since he injured himself in a game in Texas. I still don’t know if that makes him any more “injury prone” than the next guy but he hasn’t just hurt his back once.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Overrated? Or underrated (lifetime 3.77 FIP in 373 IP w/ a career 9 K/9, yeah horrible).

Injury prone? One 15 day DL stint since 2007.

Bad charachter? Based on what? No DUI’s, no mention of a clubhouse cancer, never involved in any off fieldfights or media blow ups.

Great insight.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

didn’t he get caught for DUI?

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

You know what? My bad. You are right. He had one a couple of years ago. I stand corrected. Makes him stupid but not really and indictment on his charachetr. I wouldsay though had anyone been hurt then he would deserve to pay the consequences unlike Leyritz.

4 years 6 months ago

“Bad character” he says about Joba. Meanwhile Carlos Zambrano is supposed to be included in the conversation.

Chuck Norris
4 years 6 months ago

oh no you didn’t!

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Ouch….. $20 buck says the yanks swing a deal for a starter in the next 2 weeks….

Brett Gardner, we hardly knew ye.

Sniderlover
4 years 6 months ago

It would be awfully stupid to trade Gardner unless he is in a package deal for Felix or something.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, like Gardiner, Hughes, Montero and Cano!

$1529282
4 years 6 months ago

Why do people even mention Felix’s name in trades?

4 years 6 months ago

Because Jon Heyman had nothing to write about after the Yanks missed out on Lee, so he looked for a bad team with a great pitcher and said “Hey, the Yankees could ask about him” and all of a sudden people are speculating on Felix trade rumours. Nevermind that Felix is under control for the next 4 years and the Mariners have the endless cash flow that is the Nintendo war chest.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

lol I’m baffled by that statement.. Is it sarcasm or idiocy? I cannot tell

Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

It’s gonna cost them. Every team now knows the Yankees are desperate. Dumping Joba for a starter won’t get it done.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 6 months ago

Looks to be a potentially rough season for the Yankees without a legitimate no. 2-3 guy on the roster. I mean, yeah, Phil Hughes could be that guy, or Burnett could return to form…but that’s being a little optimistic isn’t it? I think they’re in trouble.

4 years 6 months ago

:(

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

Intercom: Attention! All hands on deck! All hands on deck! The USS Steinbrenner has been critically damaged!

Rear Admiral Jeter: Don’t worry, we can still make this season work. My gold glove defensive abilities shall see us through.

Lieutenant Rodriguez: I can carry us through with my offensive power!

Ensign Sabbathia: I can has cheezburger?

Fleet Admiral Cashman: Pfft. Pettitte? He never figured into our plans. It was a bluff all along. Just like us wanting to sign Cliff Lee. No big deal, we knew this would happen. Why do you think I signed Freddy Garcia?

Ensign Swisher: I still get to play right? Hey, are you guys listening to me? I’m a good player too! Guys? GUYS?! *says to self* nobody ever loves me…

—-

While I wouldn’t say they’re beyond repair for this season, losing Pettitte now too does hurt a significant bit. They could still very well win the division, or at least get the wild card. If they make the playoffs, I think they get to ALDS at best. They better start looking for a better pitching staff.

Good luck Yankee fans!

4 years 6 months ago

what gold glove defense?

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

That would be the joke.

4 years 6 months ago

Ya I know, I think its completely stupid he got it.

Bob George
4 years 6 months ago

Finally, baseball’s Brett Favre retires. Hopefully this is for good.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

The only way you can say that Andy is Brett Favre, is if he pitches another game again. There is a difference between being undecisive about retiring, and retiring and coming back not once, not twice, but THREE times.

Infield Fly
4 years 6 months ago

Andy spent his off-time sexting women? News to me! :p

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Wasn’t that Clemens?

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

Andy you will be missed. Selfishly I wanted him to return, but if he doesn’t want to pitch anymore then I’ll say congratulations on a great career. A class act who gets to retire on his own terms. Though his Hall of Fame credentials are marginal if not debatable I do hope the yanks retire his number due to his great contributions to the team, and his involvement on evry one of the yankees world series since 1996.

bglaszcz
4 years 6 months ago

Big time Red Sox fan here, and Andy Pettitte was one Yankee I could never hate. Seemed to always beat us too, glad he’s retiring and putting the Yankees in a tough spot! He normally went about his business not ruffling too many feathers, and he fessed up amongst the HGH allegations. Much respect for the guy.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Same here! Pettitte was a clutch pitcher and class act! Big blow for the Yanks!

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

“Pettitte was a clutch pitcher and class act!”

Of all people, I can’t believe you said this

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

If he announced he was coming back he would have went the “overrated, old steroid user, Jose iglesias best prospect ever” route

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

The Stalker Returns!

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Why? I don’t like the Yankees but I’ve always respected the hell out of players like Jeter, Mariano, etc!(Arod, not so much) I have way more problems with the idiots who make ignorant comments about the Sox than fans of NY!

MadmanTX
4 years 6 months ago

Good for Andy. Yet another blow to the Evil Empire.