The core four continues to shrink. The first one to leave was Jorge Posada after the 2011 season, and before this season Mariano Rivera announced that 2013 would be his final season. Well, you can now add Andy Pettitte to that list. According to Joel Sherman and Ken Rosenthal, the 41-year-old Pettitte will be announcing his retirement for the 2nd time this afternoon.
His final Yankee stadium start will happen on Sunday when the Yankees host the Giants, the same day the team will be holding a ceremony for Mariano Rivera. His final start will then come next week in Houston, where Pettitte’s from, unless the Yankees somehow make the playoffs.
Pettitte retiring means that Derek Jeter is all that’s left of a core group of players that led the Yankees to 5 championships in a 14-year run. He finally began truly showing his age this year and currently has a 10-10 record with a respectable 3.93 ERA.
Pettitte will go down as one of the best big game pitchers in Yankees history, and a true gamer if there ever was one. When the Yankees were on a losing streak, it was very comforting turning to Pettitte because more likely than not, he would get the Yankees back on track.
Pettitte’s 19 post-season wins are the most ever. His career record is 255-152, 103 games over .500. There has never been a pitcher who finished his career 100 games over .500 that hasn’t made the Hall of Fame.
His admitted HGH use in 2004 may hurt him, but Hall of Fame or not, Pettitte will certainly have his day in Yankee Stadium very soon.