Reactions: Andy Pettitte’s Retirement

Here's a look at some of the many and various takes on Andy Pettitte's retirement, which will be announced Friday …

  • The Yankees will be no worse for the wear without the services of the aging and declining Pettitte, writes Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Although Pettitte would have been a convenient solution for the problem of the Yankees' thin starting rotation, he wouldn't necessarily have been an ideal fit on account of his diminishing workload over the past three years, according to Morosi.
  • The Bronx Bombers should have assumed Pettitte was going to retire and executed an offseason plan accordingly, writes Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. Instead, they're now in a bind with the prospect of Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and a handful of promising but young prospects battling for two rotation spots.
  • Pettitte's decision is mildly surprising to Newsday's Ken Davidoff, who notes that Pettitte must have been pretty seriously contemplating a return, considering the left-hander had been throwing recently. Davidoff wonders whether the Yankees' failure to sign Cliff Lee and subsequently diminished World Series hopes factored into Pettitte's decision.
  • Pettitte simply must not have been "feeling it" after he began preparing for the 2011 season, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Don't expect a midseason return — a la Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez — for Pettitte, adds Olney.
  • Whether Pettitte would return was as uncertain as a "flip of the coin," notes Tom Verducci of SI.com. Ultimately, the allure of spending more time with his family pulled the industrious Pettitte away from the game, according to Verducci.
  • Considering they have a stellar lineup, solid bullpen, considerable financial resources for future moves and a top-heavy rotation that could be effective if things break right, the Yankees needn't panic, writes Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.
  • The Yankees' signing of reliever Rafael Soriano, thereby giving them a "lockdown pen," seems especially important in the wake of Pettitte's retirement, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.com.
  • Our own Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues recounts his signature Pettitte moment.
  • And the debate begins in earnest: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that Pettitte is not quite a Hall of Famer.


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139 Comments on "Reactions: Andy Pettitte’s Retirement"


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bobbybaseball
4 years 5 months ago

Very good pitcher but no, not a HOFer.

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4 years 5 months ago

how can you not say a HOFer? 5 rings? one of the best postseason pitchers of all time .. GTFO

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Exactly how is he one of the best post-season pitchers of all time? His post-season ERA is over 3.80. Oooh wow, he has the most post-season wins. Could that possibly be because he has 42 post-season starts? And he should also now get HOF credit for being on the best team in baseball for the last 15 years?

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MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I agree Pettitte isn’t a HOFer, but by your reasons why, that should exclude Jeter than right?

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wait_HOWmanyrings
4 years 5 months ago

i’m a yankees fan, and i agree, wins don’t mean ANYTHING

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

He’s not. The rings were as a result of a team effort. He didn’t win them by himself, and when it comes down to it he was just a damn good pitcher. He isn’t a legend, and he wasn’t one of the greats to play the game.

One pitcher who I find comprable is Jack Morris. If he doesn’t make it to the Hall then there is no way in hell Pettitte goes, and even if Jack does somehow get there his numbers were all in all better than Pettitte’s. Anyway you slice it, I just don’t see anyway to justify him getting into the Hall of Fame.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

During the regular season he was an above average pitcher not a great pitcher. His postseason stats added to his regular simply don’t make him a HOFer in my opinion.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

I think I’m a MLBTR HOF’er…What do y’all think?

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

I think it’s terrible that bags of potato chips only come with half of the bag full.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

I know!

True Story: Campbell’s soup, and tropicana orange juice, did a GENIUSbut horrible thing to us consumers. They made their can and box (respectively) a fraction of an inch smaller, but are putting less content in. Therefore, they keep it the same price, but give you less. Pretty messed up? But now we know why they are leading the stock market at Wall Street unlike some horrible companies like Zion Oil and one of the worst, Nike.

However, Heinz is one of the best products out there. It’s doing really well. So big ups there. Buy some more ketchup everybody.

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, it’s genius if you’re twelve. Pretty much all of those big companies have cheated the consumer out of their money like that for years and years.

I do agree with you on the ketchup though. Buy it people. And what does this have to do with baseball? Well I petition that we name the Marlins or A’s new stadum Ketchup Stadium or something of the sort.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

There’s also Heinz field EP. Come on man.

But back to baseball, can not wait until Marlins ballpark opens up. Go Fish.

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah of course you could name a park Heinz field. It’s too obvious. I just really wanted to say Ketchup Stadium. Sounds funny.

But yeah, I’m quite excited to see how their new park looks compared to the unsightly and criminally empty confines of Sunlife.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

But I’m going to miss Sun Life. The Marlins play non-classy, but good baseball there.

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wait_HOWmanyrings
4 years 5 months ago

i love the marlins and feel so bad for them that they don’t have anyone in the stands. hopefully a new park will change that

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

But oh yeah, guys, I think we need an MLBTR HOF. I need you guys to vote me in first ballot. come on.

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4 years 5 months ago

I like you man but don’t drop trow for votes, let them come to you!

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t want “likes.” I want MLBTR HOF votes, if there were such thing. And the president campaigns himself, so why can’t I?

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Slopeboy
4 years 5 months ago

Sorry Spannie, you’re a quality poster but you’ve never dominated your threads. HOFers should dominate. Maybe the veteran’s committee will vote you in.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

I hear you. But haven’t I at least made an imapct? I mean, Albert Pujols makes out every 6/10 times right?

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4 years 5 months ago

I think you are douchtastic.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

The fact that you not only used the word twice, but killed it after that, is “douchtastic.”

It was funny at first. Now it’s not. Good night.

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East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

How do we know you haven’t used any PEDs? (Posting Enhancement Drugs)

I’d probably vote for you.

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4 years 5 months ago

GTFO? you are douchtastic sir

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Guest
4 years 5 months ago

you just described most of the yankees of any time period. while they have produced a lot of talent, you cant say that most of them are HOFers. he had a great career, but it wasnt HOF great.

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johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

That would probably be Curt Schilling, or at least over the last 30 years or so. His 11-2 record was matched by dominating performances for the most part and WS rings? well as was also mentioned here.. Not sure they really count, but Schill won 3 along the way..

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johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

100% agreement with you there. When people like jack Morris are not in, with pretty much equal records, finished games they started, threw nearly 900IP more and did not have the “luxury” of pitching for the NYY and massive run support for the bulk of his career.. well, lets just say there are several other people that deserve HOF nods (SP wise) 1st. Morris, Schilling, Tiant, Kaat, or at least as muchso.

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hawkny1
4 years 5 months ago

If C. C. Sabatthia goes down to injury the Yankees will not have a starting pitching staff…. at least not one capable of competing with the likes of Boston, Toronto and Tampa Bay…

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

You can say that about most if not all potential playoff teams. If a team’s ace goes down the entire fanbase grits their teeth.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

Exactly. I’m not going to say it, but come on…have some sense people.

If Felix Hernandez “goes down with injury”, the Mariners might as well move to Oklahome City.

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4 years 5 months ago

I think the Mariners are the opposite of a contender though. Perhaps the Yankees are just in a more tenuous position than some of the other top teams?

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

I think he’s saying (or at least what I got out of this) is that while if Lester went down with an injury Bucholz would be there to pick up the slack, or if Halladay went down there’s that cushion. Same goes for a lot of the other contenders. Giants, Cards, or Reds. All of those teams have another potential ace to come in a keep the rotation steady. With the Yanks they have CC and no one else of ace quality to pick up some of his slack.

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4 years 5 months ago

Open message to any and all Yankee followers:

1) How good is Andrew Brackman?
2) What are the odds Joba Chamberlain gets another look as a starter?

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

1.) Decent, but not ready yet.
2.) Slim to none. His shoulder is cooked, or so says Cash.

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Since_77
4 years 5 months ago

We might not get a chance to see Brackman pitch for the Yankees. He could be trade for a veteran starting pitching between now and July.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

I really can’t see him being traded simply for a “vet”. I imagine it would have to be for a high caliber guy.

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wait_HOWmanyrings
4 years 5 months ago

i don’t know what people see in brackman, last year was one of his best years in the minors and he really wasn’t that great, my view is that if you can’t put up good numbers in the minors, you can’t put up good numbers in the majors

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East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

1) I feel like they’re grooming him for a closer role rather than a starter.
2) I I hope he does get another chance. I prefer him over Mitre/Colon/Garcia/etc in the 5th spot. If he goes into a long relief role, he’s being wasted, imo.

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4 years 5 months ago

Brackman is a good pitcher, B prospect. He has a good fastball and good curve. He doesn’t have 3 major league pitches, but he could be the best option the yankees have. If Soriano was not on the team, he’d most likely be next in line to be the closer after Rivera.

2) I hope he gets another chance, it seemed as if his shoulder got back to 100% the second half of last year. People forget up until that game against Texas (I think) when he came out because of his shoulder, he had an era under 3 as a starter, and he never gave up more then 3 runs per game. He’s the best option in my opinion, even better then Nova. If he doesn’t get a chance then it will probably be Nova at the 4, and Brackman or Garcia as the 5.

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qbass187
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah Ok, NOW no one’s that “surprised”. Just yesterday all these guys like Heyman & Olney were operating as if they were sure Pettite WAS going to return…even hedging their post season picks with Pettite in mind.

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qbass187
4 years 5 months ago

Nope. Especially not with his PED use.