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There’s “a very real possibility” that Andy Pettitte will retire

Dec 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

Pettitte looks in

At the risk of adding to the annoyance factor I complained about earlier this afternoon, here’s Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger with the latest Andy Pettitte update:

Person with knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking puts his chances of a return at 30%. “There is a very real possibility that he will retire.”

Someone in the last thread suggested that maybe Pettitte has already decided to retire, the Yankees know it, and that they both agreed to keep mum about it so as not to make the Yankees seem even more desperate for pitching than they are, thereby making it slightly easier for them to make a deal.

I have no idea if that’s true. I will say, though, that it makes more logical sense than a grown man taking several months to make a decision with as few variables in play as the one facing Andy Pettitte.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    At the risk of being slightly off topic, I do not think that he is Hall of Fame caliber.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

      But is he in the shape of his life?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

        After 6 innings he was usually done. I think that even though he is slimmer than Sabathia, I have to vote no on his being in the best shape of his life.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM

        There are redwoods in California that are slimmer than Sabathia. Dude’s a frikkin’ mountain. His jersey could be used as a car cover.

  2. rd82 - Dec 20, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    I think there is a very real possibility Andy and his agent see how desperate the Yanks are for pitching and he is using the situation to pry some more money from them.

  3. Glenn - Dec 20, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    He’ll be back. And I hope he starts showing his age like Jeter and Posada, and unlike Rivera. Before all of the NY haters starting gloating too much, let’s remember that there is great potential for a bounce-back year for a lot of the Yankee players. They could easily win it all next year. I hope I am very wrong.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

      Am I the only one who got lost about 5 times reading this post???

  4. Jack Marshall - Dec 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Pettite learned this trick from his ex-pal Rocket. It was nauseating when Roger did it, too.

  5. bigleagues - Dec 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Question. If you are Andy Pettitte, and you are considering retiring at what would be considered an early age for a still productive pitcher who could still make a lot of money in an occupation which has a short career lifespan . . . because you want to be closer to your family . . . why wouldn’t he at least listen to the Texas Rangers?

    Pettitte’s long term celebrity is secure in New York. If he decided to close out his career in Texas – the Yankees fans who would be upset with him in the short term would get over it in due time.

  6. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Isn’t this the same situation he’s been in every other time he’s contemplated retirement?!

    He sits there and says he thinks he’s done. We get a dozen reports bouncing back and forth and around Christmas it seems he’s pretty much ready to hang up the cleats.

    Then after spending the holidays with his family and the in-laws, he realize he’d rather play ball all summer. So somewhere close to the beginning of Spring Training, Cashman hops on a plane, flies down to Texas and woos him over with another one-year deal?!

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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