Andy Pettitte announced his retirement following the 2013 season. Here is his official statement:
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.
Pettitte's final two starts will be at Yankee Stadium on the same day the Yankees will be honoring Mariano Rivera, and at Minute Maid Park, where he played for the Astros in the three seasons he was away from the Yankees organization.
Minor League Ball | John Sickels: A look back on Andy Pettitte's career, from prospect to potential Hall of Famer. In the article, Sickels states that Pettitte compares statistically to Hall of Famers Herb Pennock, Juan Marichal, Catfish Hunter, and Carl Hubbell as well as ex-Yankees David Wells, Kevin Brown, and Mike Mussina, another pitcher who is on the edge of the Hall. Based on WAR, his 68.1 mark is comparable to Hall of Famers Eppa Rixey and and Early Wynn, as well as Jim Kaat ad Tom Glavine. By those merits, he could have a good chance.
Fangraphs | Matt Klaassen: After weeding through Andy Pettitte's advanced metrics, it looks like he might fall just short of the Hall of Fame. His peak years with the Astros were tremendous, but it also makes the rest of his seasons look simply average. The Hall should be filled with elite players, rather than above-average players who happened to stick around a long time. What could help his case is not just his postseason success, but also that those stats are better than his regular season numbers.
New York Post | Joel Sherman: Andy Pettitte retiring confirms what everyone has been thinking for awhile now; it's the end of an era as the Core Four comes to an end. He sees that the foundation of the dynasty he helped create is on the verge of collapsing and he's decided to get out while he still can.
CBS Sports | Jon Heyman: Despite his great career, his link to PEDs could be the one blemish that keeps him out of the Hall of Fame. You can say that using HGH to recover from an injury is different than using steroids while playing, but will the voters see it that way? Pettitte doesn't get the flack that other known users have gotten over the years, and has even come out with comments about cheating during the Alex Rodriguez fiasco that made him sound like a hypocrite. No one said anything then, so perhaps no one holds it against him.
New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Andy Pettitte is set for his deposition as a witness in the ongoing court battle between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee. He was helpful in getting the charges against Clemens lying to Congress dropped, but McNamee's defamation case against Clemens is something different. Once close friends, the relationship between Pettitte and Clemens has deteriorated to the point that they no longer speak as Clemens will be a part of the Astros' ceremony to honor Mariano Rivera.
YES Network | Zach Finkelstein: A countdown of the nine best accolades of Andy Pettitte's career.
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