Let’s face it. In baseball, 41 years old is not young. Many legendary pitchers have failed to produce at that age, and some have even retired before they hit it. New York Yankees starter Andy Pettitte has pitched well for his age, but I think that after this year, he might call it quits.
After getting off to a hot start, Pettitte seems to have cooled off considerably. In April, he registered a 3.86 ERA and tallied three wins while striking out 25 and walking only 7. Last month was a different story. Pettitte posted a 4.83 ERA and had three losses, though he at least maintained his excellent strikeout to walk ratio, posting another 25 K’s and another seven walks. So far in July, his numbers have ballooned: 5.40 ERA, a 1-0 record, six strikeouts and four walks.
Pettitte seems to be declining before our very eyes, and I think that this is the beginning of the end for his career. He’s been an excellent Yankee, but I think even he realizes that the ride is almost over. Furthermore, Pettitte has been known to chat about possible retirements. Why not now?
If the Yankees lost Andy Pettitte next season, it would be a huge blow to their franchise. He’s arguably the greatest Yankees pitcher of all time, and he provided the team with leadership and veteran savvy, on and off the field. Although it might be unlikely, I truly hope he stays.