Yankees fans rejoice!
According to a tweet from YES’s Jack Curry, Andy Pettitte is coming out of retirement to return to the New York Yankees. A few weeks ago Pettitte was thinking about making a comeback and now its official.
Curry is also reporting that the Yankees have signed him to a one-year deal.
If this is a hoax, it sure will be a disappointment for Yankees fans even though Pettitte has said multiple times that he is retired for good.
Pettitte is one of the most beloved Yankees in the team’s history. He has only played for two teams in his entire career, the Yankees and the Houston Astros. However, it has always seemed that Pettitte will forever have a soft spot for the Yankees.
In 396 starts with the team, Pettitte has compiled a record of 203-112. Pettitte has struck out 1823 batters in his time with the team, which ranks second behind Whitey Ford as well as recording a 3.98 ERA.
Pettitte is sixth in WAR among Yankees pitchers all-time with a 42.4. Pettitte ranks third in wins all-time as a Yankee with 203 wins. Only Red Ruffing (231) and Whitey Ford (236) have more wins with the team.
As per the playoffs, Pettitte has always been clutch and Yankees fans know that they can take a deep breath and know that Pettitte will usually give the team a quality start.
Pettitte holds the record for the most postseason wins with 19. That is more than John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemons, Curt Schilling and Greg Maddux. However, Pettitte is second behind Smoltz in strikeouts with 173 to Smoltz’s 199.
The last time we saw Andy Pettitte was in October 2010 when the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox. Pettitte gave up three earned runs in four innings of work but struck out eight batters.
Hopefully, for Yankees fans, Pettitte comes back with a vengeance.
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