When the 2013 season ends, Mariano Rivera won't be the only one making his final appearances in pinstripes for the team, as it will also be the end for Andy Pettitte too.
Thr 41-year-old has announced that at the conclusion of the season, he will retire from the sport and released a statement through the Yankees regarding his decision to step away from the game.
“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 to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special. I’ve reached the point where I know that I’ve left everything I have out there on that field. The time is right. I’ve exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that’s exactly how I want to leave this game. One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday. It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.”
This will be the second time Pettitte has retired, as he retired two years ago back in February of 2011 when he was 38 years old, but in March of 2012, shocked the entire baseball world when he announced that he wanted to make a comeback to the Yankees in the 2012 season after getting the itch to put on the pinstripes again after coming to spring training to be a special instructor.
In that season, Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts, but missed three months due to suffering a fractured ankle back in June against the Cleveland Indians, but returned in late September to help get the Yankees to the postseason. He returned to the team on a one-year, $12 million deal to pitch for the Yankees in 2013 in what will now be his final season in professional baseball.
Pettitte has a career 255-152 record with a 3.86 ERA in 519 starts and also has 19 postseason wins, which is the most all-time in baseball history among pitchers. In his 18 seasons, he has won five World Series championships with the Yankees, the last one being back in 2009, where he went 4-0 during that stretch and pitched in and won every single deciding game that October, which includes Game 6 of the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In 2013, he is currently 10-10 with a 3.93 ERA in 28 starts with 169.1 innings and 117 strikeouts in that stretch. Pettitte has at least two scheduled starts left in the regular season; his next one will be on Sunday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium.
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