Sunday, September 29, 2013

Andy Pettitte Finishes His Yankees Career On Top

Andy Pettitte's baseball and New York Yankees career is officially over after last nights start so now seems like a better time than any to look back at Andy's 18 year career. The great thing about Andy after coming out of retirement for the 2012 season is he went out his way and went out on top. Not on top the way he probably wanted, which would result in a World Series championship, but he went out still pitching at the top of his game. This is it for Andy at age 41 as he is  not coming out of retirement this time so let me be the first to say thank you for everything you have done both on and off the field, in a Yankees uniform or not, because you are a class act and will always be a New York Yankee.

Here is the official stat line for Andy Pettitte's career:

  • 256-153 record in his career
  • 19-11 record in the post season which those 19 wins are the most of all time in playoff history
  • 3.85 ERA career
  • 521 starts
  • 3316 career IP
  • 2448 career K's
  • Career 1.351 WHIP
  • 1.305 WHIP in the playoffs
  • Three All Star appearances
  • 2001 ALCS MVP
  • Only pitcher to ever clinch all three series in the post season when he was on the mound when the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALCS, and the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series.
  • Got MVP votes in 1996 and 2005
  • Got Cy Young votes five times in his career
  • Never had a losing record for his entire career

Andy will retire with the most wins, innings pitched, strike outs, earned runs allowed, batters faced, errors committed as a pitcher, hits allowed, and games started among active pitchers. Andy will also retire as the oldest pitcher in the major leagues and a borderline Hall of Fame candidate.

Andy finished his career where it all started in a New York Yankees uniform. He may finish as the greatest Yankees starting pitcher of all time as a part of eight World Series teams, seven with the Yankees and one with Houston, including five World Series rings. Andy went out the way Andy wanted to go out and that is all that you can ask for. Goodbye Andy!

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