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Pettitte retirement huge downer for the Yankees

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  February 3, 2011 02:18 PM

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Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement from baseball at a 10:30 a.m. press conference at Yankee Stadium tomorrow, the team announced officially just moments ago. What a huge blow for the Yankees, who had hoped to have at least a half-season from Pettitte.

The Yankees have only been able to sign end-of-the-rotation/rehab types in Mark Prior (who will actually try to make it as a reliever), Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia as possible replacements. They'll have to get really lucky to replace Pettitte, who at 38 years old was still one of the best lefties in the game. He went 11-8 with a 3.28 ERA last season, but was increasingly battling nagging injuries.

He'll likely have some type of role in testifying in the Roger Clemens perjury case this summer and that might have expedited his decision.

If he sticks to his retirement plans he'll have ended his career 240-138, a .whopping 635 winning percentage and a 3.88 ERA. HIs historic postseason record was 19-10 (.655) with a 3.83 ERA. Two hundred and three wins came with the Yankees.

He'll likely become quite a debate in the years to come about Hall of Fame possibilities given his immense postseason record and the fact he admitted to taking human growth hormone.

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