on May 11, 2011 at 06:28:07 AM
It is no secret that the New York Yankees have been on a pitching crusade after losing both Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte this past off-season. GM Brian Cashman made a lot of heavily criticized moves that seemed desperate at the time, but have actually been the savior and reason behind the Yankees hot start.
Regardless, the Yankees are not going to pass on trading for a possible ace if one is available and again we have Cashman to thank for that.
Cashman has built the Yankees farm system from the ground-up. It also happens to be loaded in all the right places with multiple young catchers who coveted right behind lefty-arms in ranking order of value.
So the watch is on for teams, who by beginning of July, can afford to trade a top arm to fulfill either immediate needs
on Feb 13, 2011 at 01:45:21 AM
Much like in a political campaign where your opponent attempts to bring you down by hammering away at your greatest strength to turn it into a weakness or non-factor, such seems to be the case with Andy Pettitte. With Pettitte retiring and the debate beginning on whether the lefty deserves a spot in Cooperstown, the anti-Pettitte crowd is tearing him down for his playoff record. One can argue whether or not Pettitte is hall worthy but going after accomplishments in post-season play is absurd.
Their chief reasons are Pettitte pitching for a dynasty Yankees team (never mind his helping pitch the Houston Astros to their first Pennant) pitching in the “Wild Card Era” with one more round (I guess all those writers still believe Babe Ruth’s 60 homers in a single
on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:53:17 AM
It’s taken me three days since Andy Pettitte announced his retirement to write a piece on the man that I consider to be one of the greatest Yankees of the past two decades. I did not know how emotional I would become on word of his decision, and so it has been a somewhat dismaying process for me to get my thoughts together, or for the very least write a piece deserving of my feelings toward Andy.
Although for weeks it seemed as though his decision to walk away from the game of baseball seemed inevitable, there was still hope, always hope, that the competitor in Andy would show itself, just one more time, and Yankees fanatics could rejoice in knowing they’d see #46 stare down batters for one more season.
But that’s not going to happen. Andy gave his “not so”
on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:55:25 PM
Much has been written on Andy Pettitte, things such as memories of the first time people heard the name associated with possibly being a major leaguer. Jack O'Connell, the baseball writer has a nice recollection, one that's much better than mine since I was 16 at the time.
Even if your memory isn't the greatest, one thing you can do is look up a career and see various milestones, such as major league debut, first win and so on. So below will be a list of Andy Pettitte's firsts.
First major league appearance: April 29, 1995, seventh inning in Kansas City in relief of Melido Perez
First batter faced: Wally Joyner flied out to center
First strikeout: Joe Vitiello pinch hitting for Bob Hamelin (also Vitiello's major league debut)
First hit allowed: Gary Gaetti single
First earned run
on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:43:50 PM
Andy showed you what he is all about. He rises to the occasion. He did it as a young pitcher and he continues to do it. He has courage."
— former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre
I wasn’t planning to write a farewell piece about Andy Pettitte today. It seemed I’d already said all I have to say; I’ve typed more words about Pettitte than any former or current player on the Yankees and—as I’m quick to tell anyone who asks—he’s simply my favorite Yankee ever. I didn’t want to wax sentimental, and I don’t want to clutter the atmosphere with words echoing what many others will surely say about him. I hate redundancy and had reservations about being just that.
I’ve been reminded this isn’t about me, though. It’s
on Feb 4, 2011 at 02:54:13 PM
The “Core Four” of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada are no longer teammates. This veteran group of proven championship players is beginning to split up.
After a 16 year career, Andy Pettitte has decided to retire. The decision, was made official during a press conference today in New York. The left handed starter thought about retiring after last season but felt obligated to return after the Yankees missed out on signing free agent starter Cliff Lee.
After starting workouts, Pettitte realized his heart was just “not where it needs to be” in order to return to the game. The veteran will instead stay home and spend time with his family, something he has always made a priority.
Pettitte is just the first of the Core Four to call it quits.
on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:55:37 PM
The year was 1995 and spring training began late because the strike did not end until April. The same stoppage had spoiled a 70-43 season for the Yankees, who were in their second year of recovery following the wayward years of 1989-1992.
During spring training, a young left-handed pitcher was competing with Sterling Hitchcock for the fifth spot in a rotation that included Jack McDowell and Jimmy Key. Up to that point, Pettitte had compiled an outstanding minor league career and projections were high, especially from Nardi Contreras, who was his triple-A pitching coach and said the following to the Times.
"He's going to be a great major league player one day. It'll be soon."
Pettitte was the opening day 28-man roster as a relief pitcher with no clue that he would soon be a regular starting
on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:03:50 PM
Even though Andy Pettitte is retiring, and the Yankees will truly miss him in the rotation, the Yankees still have starting pitchers capable of holding their own until the trading deadline.
They will be without his patented stare down, has always clutch play in big-time games, and one of the best pick-off moves of all-time, but he is retiring in a classy way. He is not continuing to play past when he is still productive and is retiring before Spring Training which is what a former Yankee was not able to do. It was unfortunate that Cliff Lee choose to pitch for the Phillies instead of the Yankees, but they were wise to sign Freddy Garcia and even Bartolo Colon to minor league contracts. Since there were not many free agents worth signing it made sense to gamble low even though
on Feb 3, 2011 at 03:57:45 PM
I remember watching Andy Pettitte pitch this summer against the Blue Jays. It was July 3, 2010 and unbeknownst to me at the moment, it would be the last time I saw Andy take the mound in person. It was a beautiful summer day and fans were still living off the high of the 2009 season as Andy pitched to his tenth win – a solid two weeks before the All-Star break. Everything was perfect. There was no way I could have known walking out of the stadium that day that I’d never sit in the stands and watch Andy pitch live again. If I had, I certainly would have taken a moment to take it all in – to watch Pettitte and smile, knowing that pitchers like him are few
on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:42:17 PM
Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement on Friday, finally answering a question that has hovered over the Yankees during the offseason. The Yankees had hoped that Pettitte would return in 2011 to stabilize their starting rotation, but Pettitte has apparently decided to end his 16-year career so that he could spend more time with his family.
Pettitte traveled to Yankee Stadium on Thursday to meet with Yankee executives, which is his way of offering an official good-bye. The Yankees had known for more than 24 hours that Pettitte was about to retire. While there was a remote chance that Pettitte could have changed his mind before the meeting, team officials didn’t think that would happen and it didn’t. The press conference will be at 10:30 a.m. and will be televised by the YES