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Pettitte to Announce Retirement Friday 21

Posted: February 3, 2011, 4:04 PM ; Updated: February 3, 2011, 4:29 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Pettitte plans to announce his retirement Friday at a news conference at Yankee Stadium, a person familiar with the arrangements told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the news conference had not yet been announced.

A five-time World Series champion, Pettitte had been telling the Yankees since the end of the season that it was likely he wouldn't play in 2011. He became a free agent and has not attempted to negotiate a contract.

His intention to retire first was reported by YES Network's Michael Kay.

The 38-year-old left-hander is 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA n 16 major league seasons. He excelled in the postseason, setting a major league record for wins by going 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA.

Pettitte's departure leaving a huge hole in the Yankees' rotation, with no proven starters behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.

Having failed to sign free agent Cliff Lee, New York has agreed to minor league contracts with Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia in recent weeks, trying to find more options for a fourth and fifth starter in addition to youngster Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre.

Pettitte spent 13 seasons with the Yankees, interrupting his career in New York to play for his hometown Houston Astros from 2004-06. He was a three-time All-Star, earning the honor in 1996, 2001 and last year, and was a 20-game winner in 1996 and 2003 when he twice went 21-8.

He was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts last season. His season was limited by a strained left groin that caused him to go on the disabled list from July 19 to Sept. 19.

Pettitte had said that he increasingly felt the tug to return to Texas and his family. Once the school year ended, his family traveled to New York where they could be together during homestands, but the distance from his loved ones now has trumped whatever desire he had to climb higher in the Yankees record book.

Pettitte's 203 wins with the Yankees are the third-most in franchise history, trailing only Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).

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21 Comments

Pettie was a really good ball player. I'm sad he has to go.:(

What the heck is he talking about? He just announced his retirement now, not friday... He just said it.!
I agree that Mariano Ravera is way too old, but he still does great.

He WHAT!?

Petitte Rulz

I'm kinda suprised that Andy Pettitte retired but I don't think he has enough gas in the tank to play another season.

I agree

:(

Lets not forget that Pettitte juiced up with Clemons during the off-season and CHEATED! To bad, he actually was a very good player. At least he had the guts to admit he did it and not lie like Clemons. Just tell the truth already Clemons you JERK!

Roger Clemons was good before he juiced. I think he got 2 Cy Young's with the Boston Red Sox. Roger started juicing in 1996-97 with the Blue Jays.

I'm a Red Sox fan and now the yankees don't have as good of a chance to win a Words Series!!!

I agree

FINALLY! I'm a Red Sox fan, andI hated Pettitte!

I'm a yankees fan and i like pettitte

wow my mom and aunt are huge yankees fans so am I. But this is really suprising. well he had good times as a yankee!

WOW JORGE POSADA IS 39 YEARS OLD FROM THE YANKEES AND HE IS NOT RETIRING.WELL PETTIE IS GETTING OLDM

Mariano is 43. I think. The oldest athlete in any of the four major sports in America (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) is Niklas Lidstrom. I think the dude's been playing since 1988.

Is marianno rivera like 45?

also Mariano he is old

ya i agree

My Dad is pretty upset. He's a Yankee fan.

I'm a Red's fan

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