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Andy Pettitte: “I feel like I can pitch for a long time”

Mar 4, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Andy Pettitte AP

After coming out of retirement to pitch well for the Yankees last season and then deciding to return this season on a one-year, $12 million contract Andy Pettitte is dropping hints that he might keep going for a while.

“I’m loving being back,” Pettitte said, via Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. “If I stay healthy, I feel like I can pitch for a long time. It doesn’t mean I want to, but I feel like I could.”

Pettitte will be 41 years old soon and missed three months last season when a line drive broke his leg, so the staying healthy part may prove difficult. But there’s no doubt that his performance last season–which included a 2.87 ERA and his best strikeout rate since 2004–was that of a pitcher who has plenty left in the tank.

  1. vallewho - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Hope he does, at a reasonable price.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      why are you worried about price.

      • vallewho - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Because it has never made any sense how veteran players (nearing the end of their careers) keep expecting to be paid as if their performance is on an upswing. Yes, he’s very good and can still be very good, but the BIG IF is IF he can stay healthy.

        And I’m not accusing A.P. of being one of the money-hungry types here…

    • andrewproughcfe - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      I fixed Andy’s quotes:

      “I’m loving being back (for $12 million),” Pettitte said, via Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. “If I stay healthy, I feel like I can pitch for a long time (but it will cost more than $12 million after this discount season). It doesn’t mean I want to (not for just $12 million a season), but I feel like I could (for about $18-$20 million a season).”

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Can the Yankees fit him in under the Luxury Tax ceiling for 2014?

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      why are you worried about the tax for, you paying a lot of players money
      they have no business being paid, he has delivered before.

      • cur68 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        er…what? Is there a gibberish translator for fanofevilempire’s comment?

        Anyhow, fair question for a team trying to get their payroll under control. As we all know, in the past the Empire has relied on being able to outspend the competition. This re-branding as “The Fiscally Conservative Empire” might see them having to draft and develop talent instead. Andy Petitte might not fit with the rebranding if they have a cheaper, younger alternative that gets them under the Tax Ceiling. Of course the upshot of all of this is that things could get pretty competitive there in the AL Beast for a while. At least until they get over this “Get Under The Luxury Tax” kick they’re on.

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    But he can’t pitch long enough unfortunately (for him) to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    55 wins away from Cooperstown Andy, you man enough to go for it?

    • cackalackyank - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      I’m not sure what the 55 wins thing is about. There are quite a few pitchers in the HOF that have less than 300 wins. The main issue for Pettitte is that he is a confessed steroid user. With the way things are going it may be hard for players to get in just because they played in the “steroid era”, never mind actually admitting use. We have a mentality among some voters and fans that even if Pettitte set the all time record for wins, he should be left out. I personally think that if he were to have another successful season he should be in, not just because of his regular season stats, but because of his post season work.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Even if Pettitte didn’t use steroids he wouldn’t be considered for the HoF unless he had 300 or more wins (he’s got 245).

        He’s a decent pitcher on the highest payroll team for the past 20 yrs. Many of the ‘quite a few pitchers in the HOF that have less than 300 wins’ you mention either played on bad teams or were way more talented then Pettitte.

        Regardless of the steroid issue, he needs 55 more wins to ever be considered.

        Sorry Andy, ain’t gonna happen

      • tuberippin - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Mussina has a far better chance than Pettitte ever will, Andy’s post-season statistics notwithstanding.

      • cackalackyank - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        I’ll pick a real easy one, even though I’m sure some will argue that he was “way more talented” than Pettite… Catfish Hunter. Catfish has a 224-166 record. He certainly did not play on a lot of “bad teams”, in fact he had 5 world series rings like Pettitte does. Their ERA are .6 apart. The most significant difference is that Hunter did pitch 319 innings more than Pettitte has so far, but not real surprising given the increased use of relief pitchers in the last 30 years. Mussina may have more wins but was never on a World championship team.

      • bozosforall - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        All three better than overrated Curt Schilling.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I’m unnerved by Andy’s confidence. Does Viagra improve pitching late in life?

    • Gamera the Brave - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I find that it messes up my center of gravity…

    • slartibartfast4242 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I hear it is pretty good for pitching tents.

  5. randygnyc - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Cur- the spending freeze and $189 self imposed cap is only for next year, according to Yankee brass. They’ll no longer be exposed to usurious punitive taxes if they get below that figure, ONE TIME. NY press has reported that after 2014, things will return to normal. Unless this is all misdirection in an effort for the Steinbrenners to market the Yankees for sale.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      You are correct. However, I will say that the crunch date for avoiding this tax hit is unfortunately timed for the NYY. It figures to have a real impact on the FA status of Cano, and if Pettitte, Kuroda, and Mo have good seasons and want to play for the Yankees in 2014 it could mean that at least one or more of them won’t get their wish. There are also a few other pieces of the pitching staff that have finished with arbitiration now and can become FA, that would seem to become difficult decisions in this scenario.

    • anxovies - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Can’t see the Steinbrenners selling the Yankees. They just made a bundle on the sale of YES and everybody has their boats, planes and vacation homes. Now all they have to do is nurse on the cash cow regularly and make sure that she doesn’t go dry. How’s that for barnyard metaphors?

  6. pellypell - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    HGH is a helluva drug.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Not a bad gig for $12 million a year. I might give er’ a shot next year too.

  8. randygnyc - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    With a few more wins, Andy would’ve been considered for the hall in conjunction with his post season success. His PED confession makes it a non starter, IMO, whether he miraculously wins 300, or not.

    • bozosforall - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      So much for players “coming clean” like so many “fans” demanded. Meanwhile, those who continue to hide behind denials, such as David Ortiz, can do no wrong in the eyes of losers such as Boston fans. Total joke of a process.

  9. fanofevilempire - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    cur68, you are really good at reading gibberish. Now stop being a douche!

  10. jg725 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    wow….. so many haters……….

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