Pettitte set to retire

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NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte has decided to call it a career after 16 big league seasons.

The New York Yankees said Thursday that Pettitte will announce his retirement at a Friday morning news conference.

Pettitte spent 13 years with the Yankees and three with the Houston Astros. He owns a career record of 240-138 with a 3.88 earned run average in 489 games, all but 10 as a starter.

The 38-year-old lefty considered retiring the last couple of years to spend more time with his family in Texas, but this winter it appeared he was serious about it. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went into this offseason believing Pettitte would not return for 2011.

Pettitte finished the 2010 campaign with a record of 11-3 and a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts. He was off to a brilliant start at 11-2 before a groin injury in July sidelined him for two months.

After making three starts in September and October, Pettitte went 1-1 in two postseason outings as the Yankees reached the American League Championship Series.

Pettitte was a three-time All-Star with the Yankees and a member of New York's last five World Series championship teams. He is considered one of the "Core Four," the group that includes fellow champions Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada.

"It's been a pleasure to play with Andy for all these years, and the Yankees have been fortunate to have him representing the organization both on and off the field," Jeter said in a statement released by the team. "More importantly, it's been an honor to get to know him as a person and I consider him family. I wish for nothing but happiness for him and his family, as I know how important they are to him."

Selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 draft, Pettitte made his big league debut in 1995 and was 12-9 as a rookie. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting that season, then was 21-8 in 1996 and finished second in the AL Cy Young balloting.

The Yankees won their first of four World Series titles in a five-year span in '96 and captured the AL pennant in 2001 and 2003. Pettitte was 21-8 in 2003, but left New York as a free agent for his hometown Astros.

"He did a great job of channeling his energy into competing, and he was about as consistent a performer as anybody in terms of getting your money's worth," former New York manager Joe Torre added. "He glued our staff together. When you're performing with the same people year-in and year-out, it's always nice to have that security blanket. He was certainly that guy on the pitching staff."

After three seasons -- and another World Series appearance -- with Houston, Pettitte returned to the Bronx in 2007. He helped the Yankees to another World Series title in 2009, earning the win in each of the series-clinching games that postseason.

Pettitte is the winningest pitcher in postseason history with a mark of 19-10 and a 3.83 ERA in 42 starts. He has pitched in the World Series eight times and owns a record of 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 13 Fall Classic starts.

As a Yankee, Pettitte ranks third with 203 wins, behind only Whitey Ford's 236 wins and Red Ruffing's 231.

Pettitte, though, will also be forever linked to using human growth hormone. He was named in the Mitchell Report, the December 2007 document which detailed performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, and admitted to briefly using HGH in 2002 while trying to recover from an elbow injury.


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