Pettitte hints at 2013 return (again)

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Andy Pettitte‘s return from a one-year retirement stint has been a smashing success to date, though a fluke leg injury cost him more than two months of the season. The 40-year-old left-hander hinted in August that the extended DL trip put the thought of returning to the Yankees to pitch in 2013 into his mind. Simply put, he hadn’t gotten all of the baseball out of his system due to the injury. While speaking with the media yesterday, Pettitte reiterated that returning as a player next year was still a consideration, if not downright likely.

“I know one thing: I know the competition and the desire to compete is still there, and I don’t feel like I kind of got that itch out from the 70 innings or so that I threw this year,” said Andy. “I was expecting to do a little bit more work than that. But we’ll see. We’ll see how this goes, and then I’ll factor everything probably in … it’s going to be a situation where you, again, just need to go home, see if I want to do this again.”

The Yankees would, without question, welcome Pettitte back with open arms next season if he decided to return for another year. They’d probably give him a sizable raise as well, considering he only pulled in $2.5M this year. Brian Cashman admitted to offering Pettitte upwards of $12M back in December, before the left-hander decided to return. He told the club to move forward with their offseason plans without him, and that money wound up in Hiroki Kuroda‘s pocket.

For now, the most important thing is Game Two of the ALDS tonight. Pettitte has made 42 (!) playoff starts in his career, so this certainly isn’t his first rodeo. He’s pitched on all sorts of rest and through every weather imaginable, so a little drizzle and eight days off shouldn’t be much of a concern tonight. There’s a good chance retirement will again cross Andy’s mind if he helps the Yankees win the World Series, and as much as I love the guy, I sure hope we get to find out in a few weeks.

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  •!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Without looking at his stat page I believe he is going for Post season win number 20. Yeah, I know pitcher wins suck and he’s been in the post season pretty much every year, but still pretty damn cool. Most guys have a hard enough time putting a 20 win regular season together.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Pettitte will definitely be back. I expected that all along. You don’t unretire for only one year when it’s obvious that you have plenty left in the tank. As long as he has his family’s blessing and can continue pitching effectively, he’ll keep going. That means at least one more year.

    • jjyank

      I thought he might have just done one more year, but that was before the injury. So he might still have enough fire for 2013.

      And regarding his family’s blessing, I seem to recall reading that it was his family that convinced him to come back in the first place. Seems to be all adding up to Andy back in pinstripes in 2013.

  • Eddard

    The desire to compete and play the game just doesn’t leave guys like Andy and Roger. Andy will be back next season to notch win #250 and seal his hall of fame candidacy. If Curt Schilling can get in based on his playoff stats then so should Andy.

    • Mike

      Andy is not a HOFer, and I”m not saying this solely because of the HGH thing. His numbers are good, but not HOF worthy

      Andy Pettitte – Hall of Very Good, not the Hall of Fame.

      • Joe F

        He’s borderline.

        • Mike

          Borderline at best, but he’s going to fall well short of the votes. He won’t make it.

          • vicki

            right or wrong, voters do like rings.

      • CS Yankee

        Agreed, Moose and Andy will not make the HoF…Curt has an outside chance due to the 86 y.o. drought and the ketchup stained sox.

        Pedro, Greg & Randy will be in in either the first or second attempt. Glavine will take 4-5 years to get in due to the fade at the end, and I don’t see any other pitchers during that era making much of a case except for Roidger; which case Rusty will need to give him the introduction.

        • Mike

          It will be a shame if Pedro, Maddux and RJ do not get in on their first year.

          3 of the top 4 pitchers in the past 25-30 years, with the 4th, if you exclude roids, being Clemens.

          • vicki

            cleared of all charges.

            • Mike

              So was OJ Simpson in 1994 and Casey Anthony last year. Just cause one is found innocent doesn’t mean they didn’t do it.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                I don’t think any of them were found innocent, I think they just were found not guilty…

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Moose has a shot-he’s a better pitcher than Andy.

    • hogsmog

      I don’t know about the HOF for Andy. He only really had one dominant season, and the rest were solid but unremarkable. I think a good benchmark for HOF candidacy is to be able to say “Player X was arguably the best Position X for multiple years in his career”. I don’t know if I can say so for Pettitte.

      • CS Yankee

        Are you saying that two pitchers or 1Bman (or whatever) that had great careers in the same era, can’t get in?

        Seems like there is four basic classes that get in;
        1) Studs for 10-plus years…1st ballot guys like Mantle, Mays, etc
        2) Solid players for 15-20+ years…Perry, Niekro, etc.
        3) Solid-to-Stud-like players with hardship…Catfish, Kirby, etc.
        4) Famous solid types that are PC-like…Scooter

        Most of the HoF seems to be filled with the #2 types and visitors walk by those plaques without much notice, but the Willian, Gehrig, Ruth & Aaron plaques and displays get the most attention (as they should).

      • vicki

        i imagine you mean that 1997 was his one dominant season (or do you mean 96?). but his 2005 for the stros was pretty beastly.

    • Ray

      Disagree. Curt Schilling’s postseason stats were amazing; Andy’s are just large, because he played for the Yanks for so long. 2.23 ERA vs 3.81? Come on. Yes, Pettitte pitched more than twice as many postseason innings, 277 vs 133. But his record at the halfway mark: 10-5, 4.11. He was mediocre-to-good throughout, with a few gems, just as many bombs, and great run support.

      Both are borderline but I’d vote Schilling in first if I had a vote. I’d lean yes on Pettitte but would have to think about it. In reality I think both are in, but only after a longgg wait.

  • Rich in NJ

    They need to know fairly quickly about what Pettitte wants to do. They can’t let it linger.

    As for a raise, sure, but a lot of it should be incentivized based on IP.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Andy’s been given all the time he needed before, and there is no reason why that won’t occur again.

      • Rich in NJ

        And that may have caused them to trade Montero. It’s time to be smarter.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Most likely one had nothing to do with the other.
          Trading for Pineda was a lot more about the future than just 2012.
          Andy’s delay probably only meant that instead of just getting Pettitte, they got Pettitte and Kuroda, so that worked out well.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Of course, come on back Andy…and Hiroki too.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Andy is the all time record holder for post season wins. I don’t know how you put that into an HoF discussion but it has to count for something. Just wish he and Mo were a tandem again this year.

    But watching the core four through these years has been amazing and I think Yankee fans are spoiled to the point they fail to appreciate the greats they’ve seen. Both Jeter and Mo are first ballot HoFers.

    Even if Andy doesn’t make HoF, it’s been spectacular watching this guy and having him on the championship teams all these years.

    • jim p

      Well, it is the Hall of FAME, not Hall of Stats Which Lead to Fame, so there’s a case to be made that someone who was seen nationwide in the Fall for whatever it’s been — 12, 13 years at this point? — with the most appearances and victories then would be given serious consideration. Not necessarily a first or second time eligible, but eventually.

      And you are so right about how lucky we’ve been. And to see these guys together from rookie through certain/possible Hall of Fame status is something few or no other team’s fans have seen.

  • Rey22

    So do they shell out 10M+ for both Kuroda and Andy in the offseason? I am, of course, all in favor of that, but I’m curious about how much that leaves them to work with assuming they probably bring Martin back at about 9M, they need a RF, and the only big contracts off the books are Swisher and (maybe) Soriano.

  • kevin w.

    If they do bring him back, I hope they go with a modified 6-man rotation part of the season and get Phelps and (hopefully) Pineda some starts. With Pettitte being in his 40’s and Kuroda going to be 38, they should try to save some of those bullets for the post-season.

    • vicki

      wouldnt mind an annual late summer dl stint for old guys and the big man.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Come back, Andy.