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Andy Pettitte announces that he’s retiring after the season

Sep 20, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

Andy Pettitte AP

UPDATE: Pettitte has now made it official, issuing a statement saying: “I’m announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now while I’m still wearing this uniform how grateful I am for their support throughout my career. I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special.”

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that he’s “getting a lot of buzz” that Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement later today.

Pettitte previously retired after the 2010 season, sitting out 2011 before re-signing with the Yankees last year. He pitched very well in 2012 and has been a solid mid-rotation starter this season, throwing 169 innings with a 3.93 ERA and 117/45 K/BB ratio. He’s been particularly good of late with a 2.02 ERA in 49 innings since mid-August, so performance-wise Pettitte is certainly still very capable of being an asset at age 41.

If this is it for Pettitte he’s lined up to make his final two starts in New York this weekend and in Houston next weekend. Those are the only two teams he’s ever played for and Pettitte lives in Texas, so that’s a helluva way to go out.

UPDATE: Sherman has confirmation that Pettitte is indeed calling it quits and says the left-hander “has told friends this season has been very hard on his body physically, much tougher than he had anticipated.” And in a nice bit of timing, his final Yankee Stadium start Sunday is on “Mariano Rivera Day.”

  1. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Yeah, but he’ll still have to testify, won’t he? That is how he’s going to go out: with an ummm, hah, uhhhh and a resonating er, ah, well, uhh….

    • historiophiliac - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Balky Pettitte

      • Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        The plaintiff is awarded second.

    • badintent - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      He sounded like all the Wall Street CEOs in DC testifying in front of Congress. And like McGwire.

  2. phantomspaceman - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    You know Andy, always misrememberin’ stuff.

  3. timb12 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Time to sign The Rocket.

  4. carefreejt - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    with the yankees in need of pitching help, one rumor that won’t die is a possible return of Andy Pettite. “Andy misses the game, the guys in the clubhouse, etc. He would only return for the Yankees though.” says a family friend

    May – 2014

    yawn.
    HGH

  5. dondada10 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Does that mean all the teams the Yankees played this year have to give Andy a gift, too?

    • bravojawja - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Only the ones he played in the postseason.

      • badintent - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        For his entire career ? The list is long. But I’ll take the cash presents. He can have the rocking chairs

  6. bigdaddy44 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    A true Christian knows he is not perfect and will make mistakes. A true Christian will also rectify those mistakes when given the opportunity. Tell the absolute truth, whatever it is, not what someone else wants you to say. The only judgement on you that matters will be by Him, not any man on this earth. Choose your words wisely.

    • Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      An honest man of any faith would do the same. He’d just do it because of his innate sense of integrity, not because he was worried about some fairytale upstairs.

  7. munsonsgravity - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Another dirty ballplayer retires. Slowly but surely we are cleaning up the game.

    • Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Keep dreaming.

  8. raysfan1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    No matter how one feels about the Yankees, that was quite the crop of home-grown players who came up through their system in the mid-1990s.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      That’s true. And it’s amazing that it’s so rare. I mean, they got a catcher, a shortstop, a reliever, and a starter. All great players. And it’s just so rare for a farm system to come up with that level of talent at the same time.

  9. papichulo55 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    One of the most reliable Post Season pitchers to ever play the game! Well done, sir.

  10. happster - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Is it that time of year again, where Andy Pettite retires? He makes Brett Favre look decisive.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Hardly, but that’s funny.

  11. chiadam - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I didn’t read the article.

    • Reflex - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I’m certain your local community college has classes to assist you with your literacy problem..

  12. aceshigh11 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Talk about a bummer of a season for the remaining “core four”.

    Seems like an anticlimactic way for these guys to go out…I’m a Sox fan but I remember all the great battles over the years. It’s like petering out rather than one last hurrah.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”
      –Gen. MacArthur

  13. cackalackyank - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Well this just confirms yet another hole that needs to be filled. I have to say I think it would be best for Jeter if he just opted out now and joined Mo and Andy,it would make for a complete fanfest the last week of the season. Then just bring on the rebuild.

  14. cowboyzshininstar - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    We knew it was coming

  15. doublezero74 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Andy Pettitte is a winner. He was always a tough competitor and I for one will not miss him, but much respect to the future hall of farmer

    Sox fan

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