After a season that was wracked by a hamstring injury, Yankees ace Andy Pettitte has decided to retire:
The Yankees’ frustrating off-season took another discouraging turn with the news Thursday that Andy Pettitte would retire. Pettitte called Hal Steinbrenner, the team’s managing general partner, to tell him his plans. The Yankees confirmed in a news release that Pettitte would make a formal announcement on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees had hoped that Pettitte, 38, would continue pitching, and they were prepared to pay him $12 million or more to come back. But after missing two months last summer with a groin injury, Pettitte has decided to end his 16-year career.
After failing to sign the free-agent Cliff Lee, the Yankees badly wanted Pettitte back to solidify a rotation that is shaky beyond C. C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and the erratic A. J. Burnett. Pettitte was an All-Star last season, when he was 11-3 with a 3.28 earned run average, and like Mike Mussina in 2008, he retires near the top of his game.
Pettitte is married with four children and lives in Deer Park, Tex. But he often said his family enjoyed spending summers in Westchester County, and Manager Joe Girardi recently said that Pettitte had been throwing this off-season.
But General Manager Brian Cashman has been doubtful all along. Cashman said Pettitte had told him not to count on him for 2011, and he proceeded under that assumption.
Pettitte was a part of every Yankees World Series win from 1996 on, and he’s going to be missed.