NEW YORK STATE -- One of the greatest pitchers to wear the New York Yankees uniform announced his retirement.
On Friday, Andy Pettitte announced his retirement at Yankee Stadium.
He released the following statement:
“I’m announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now—while I’m still wearing this uniform—how grateful I am for their support throughout my career. I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special. I’ve reached the point where I know that I’ve left everything I have out there on that field. The time is right. I’ve exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that’s exactly how I want to leave this game. One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday. It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.”
Pettitte has spent 18 seasons in the majors, and the last 15 years with the Yankees. He helped lead them to five World Series Championships.
He previously retired after the 2010 season, but the Yankees brought him back for the 2012 season. Pettitte's final start is expected come on Sunday against the Giants, pending any possible playoff games.