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Andrew Eugene Pettitte (born June 15, 1972 in Baton Rougemarker, Louisianamarker) is an Americanmarker left-handed starting pitcher who is currently a free agent.

In his major league career, he played for the Yankees from – . He then signed with the Houston Astros, and played for them from through . In , Pettitte rejoined the Yankees. He has won five championships as a Yankee and is Major League Baseball's all-time postseason wins leader with 18.

Through 2009, Pettitte is 9th among active major league players in win-loss percentage (.629); 4th in wins (229); and 7th in strikeouts (2,150). He is also one of only three active players with at least 200 wins, 2,000 strikeouts, and a winning percentage at or above .600. The others are Randy Johnson and Pedro Martínez.

Early life

Pettitte is of Italian and French descent, the younger of two from Tommy and JoAnn Pettitte. He attended Deer Park High School in Deer Park, Texasmarker. Andy Pettitte also pitched the Deer to within one win of the state title.It was there he met his future wife Laura. Together, they have four children: Joshua Blake (born November 3, 1994), Jared (May 28, 1998), Lex Grace (January 10, 2001), and Luke Jackson (June 20, 2005).

Selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 MLB draft, he opted instead to attend San Jacinto College North in , where he won 8 of 10 decisions.

On May 25, 1991, he signed with the Yankees as an amateur draft and follow selection.

Professional baseball career

Minor leagues

In his minor league career he went 51–22, with a 2.49 ERA in 113 starts. He never had a losing season. In the rookie league, he had an 0.98 ERA.

Major leagues

First stint with the New York Yankees (1995–2003)

Pettitte made his major league debut on April 29, , with the New York Yankees. In , he made the American League All-Star team and finished second to Pat Hentgen for the AL Cy Young Award. He led the league in wins (21), was 3rd in W-L pct. (.724), and was 8th in the AL in ERA (3.87). The Yankees won the 1996 World Series with Pettitte going 1-1 in the 6 game series. The next year, Pettitte led the league in starts (35), pickoffs (14), and double plays induced (36), and was 3rd in the league in innings (240.3; a career high), 4th in ERA (2.88), wins (18), and W-L pct. (.720), 6th in complete games (4), 8th in strikeouts (166), and 10th in walks/9 IP (2.43). In , he was 7th in the league in complete games (5; a career high), and 8th in wins (16). That season, he won his second World Series Title with the Yankees, winning his only start in the four game series.

The Yankees continued their success in . New York won the AL East Pennant by 4 games while Pettitte was 3rd in the American League in wins (19), 6th in W-L pct. (.679), and 7th in complete games (3). He finished off the season with his fourth World Series Title. In , he made the All-Star team for the second time and was named the MVP of the ALCS, after winning Games 1 and 5 against the Seattle Mariners. He was 3rd in the AL in walks/9 IP (1.84), and 8th in strikeouts (164) and strikeouts/9 IP (7.36).

The following year, he was 9th in the AL in W-L pct. (.722) and complete games (3). Pettite continued his success through . Pettitte was 2nd in the league in wins (21), 5th in W-L pct. (.724), 6th in strikeouts (180; a career high) and strikeouts/9 IP (7.78; a career-best), 8th in games started (33), and 9th in walks/9 IP (2.16).

Houston Astros (2004–2006)



After the season, Pettitte left the Yankees, signing a 3-year, $31.5 million contract with the Houston Astros. He switched his uniform number to #21, in honor of Roger Clemens, who previously wore that number in Boston and Toronto. His season, in which he held batters to a .226 batting average, was shortened by elbow surgery.

Pettitte returned to form in to help the Astros make their first trip to the World Series. His 2.39 ERA in 2005 was a career-best, and 2nd-best in the National League behind teammate Roger Clemens. He was also 2nd in the league walks/9 IP (1.66) and LOB percentage (79.7%; a career best),[67235] 3rd in sacrifice hits (15), 5th in wins (17), and 8th in W-L pct. (.654). He held lefties, who over his career have outhit righties when batting against him, to a .200 batting average, had a career-best 4.17 SO/BB ratio.

In , Pettitte went 14–13 with a 4.20 ERA as the Astros missed the playoffs. He led the NL in starts (35), tied for 7th in pickoffs (4), and was 8th in double plays induced (26), and 10th in strikeouts (178) and batters faced (929). He held batters to a .229 batting average when there were 2 out with runners in scoring position.

Back in New York (2007–present)

Pettitte pitching during Spring Training 2007.
After the 2006 season, Pettitte left the Astros, and signed a 1-year, $16 million contract with the New York Yankees. There was also a player option clause in the contract which would have allowed Pettitte to stay in New York in 2008 for $16 million. Pettitte switched his uniform number back to #46 after wearing #21 in Houston. On January 11, , Pettitte was re-introduced as a Yankee at a Yankee Stadiummarker press conference.

Pettitte was followed back to the Yankees by former Houston Astros teammate Roger Clemens. Both players left the Yankees after the 2003 season to play for the Astros. In May 2007 Clemens signed with the Yankees as well and joined the Yankees rotation in June. Once again Clemens and Pettitte were pitching for the same team. Pettitte won his 200th career game on September 19, 2007.

In 2007 he led the American League in starts (34), was 7th in batters faced (916), and was 9th in innings pitched (215.3), finishing the regular season with a 15–9 win-loss record. He also had the 5th-lowest HR/9 innings pitched ratio in the AL (0.67).

On November 5, he declined his 2008 option, becoming a free agent. Then on December 1, 2007, Pettitte was offered arbitration by the Yankees. However, on December 3, 2007 Pettitte announced that he will pitch for the Yankees in 2008. On December 7, 2007, Pettitte accepted the Yankees offer of arbitration. He officially signed a one year, $16 million contract with the Yankees on December 12.

On September 21, 2008, Pettitte was the last starting pitcher for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He recorded his 2,000th career strikeout in the second inning, striking out Baltimore Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez. Pettitte ended up getting the victory in the game (a 7–3 win), pitching five innings. Pettitte led the Yankees in innings pitched in 2008 with 204. Over 14 seasons, Pettitte has averaged 158 strikeouts a season, the same number as he accumulated in 2008.

In 2009, the Yankees offered Pettitte a one year, $10.5 million dollar contract, but Pettitte declined because he and agent Randy Hendricks thought the amount was too steep a decline from his $16 million earnings the previous year. On Monday January 26, 2009, Pettitte agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract that was incentive laden. Based on innings pitched and days on the active roster, Pettitte could receive as much as $12 million for 2009. Pettitte began the season as the Yankees' number 4 starter, behind CC Sabathia, A. J. Burnett, and Chien-Ming Wang, followed by Joba Chamberlain in the 5th spot.

On August 31, 2009, Pettitte took a perfect game through 6 and 2/3 innings when 3rd baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. committed an error on a routine ground ball. The next batter (Nick Markakis), who wouldn't have come up in the inning if not for the error, got a hit to break up the no-hitter.

On October 25, 2009, Pettitte was the winning pitcher as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in game 6 of the ALCS to clinch the series and advance to the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. This brought his career total of series-clinching wins to five, breaking the record he previously shared with Roger Clemens, Catfish Hunter and Dave Stewart.

On October 31, 2009, Pettitte drove in his first postseason run during Game 3 of the World Series when he got a single to center field that scored Nick Swisher. He was the winning pitcher for that game.

On November 4, 2009, Pettitte pitched Game 6 of the 2009 World Series on three days of rest. Experts were critical of the decision to pitch the 37-year-old on short rest, but Pettitte again was the winning pitcher in game 6 of the 2009 World Series, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3. He extended his record career total series-clinching wins to six, and extended his record for post-season career wins to 18. He became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to start and win three series-clinching playoff games in the same year. Additionally, on September 27 against the Red Sox, Pettitte had been the winning pitcher in the division-clinching game. Pettite filed for free agency on November 19, 2009.

Career perspective

Pettitte pitching in 2008
Pettitte has been a 20-game winner twice, posting 21–8 records in and .

Pettitte has been a part of seven American League pennant-winning teams, one National League pennant-winning team and five World Series championship teams. He holds the record for most wins in postseason history with 18. He is the only MLB pitcher since to win at least 12 games in each of his first nine seasons.

For his career, Pettitte has a 229–135 win-loss record, with a 3.91 ERA and 2,150 strikeouts in innings. He also has never had a losing season in Major League Baseball.

Pettitte holds the all-time record for most starts and innings pitched in the post-season (40 and 249.0, through 2009).

When Pettitte started Game 3 of the 2009 World Series, he passed Christy Mathewson and Waite Hoyt, with the second most World Series starts. Whitey Ford is in front with 22 starts. Pettitte has played in 8 different World Series (7 with the Yankees, and one with the Astros), and been on the winning end of 19 postseason series - both of which are tops among active players.

Pettitte is 18–9 with a 3.90 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 40 postseason games (1995–2003, 2005, 2007, 2009), with the most postseason wins in the history of Major League Baseball. Pettitte has pitched 249.0 innings in the postseason.

During the period from 1995–2009, no major league pitcher has accumulated more victories.

Pitching style

Andy Pettitte throws a four-seam fastball, a cutter, a 12-6 curveball, a sinker, and a changeup. His out pitch is the cutter at 85-88 mph with good inside break on right-handed batters, resulting in a lot of ground ball outs and double plays. His fastball is now in the lower 90s and his curve is about 74-76 mph with a 12-6 straight down break.

Awards

  • 1996–All-Star
  • 1996–Good Guy Award, from the New Yorkmarker Sports Photographers
  • 1996–Greater Houston Area Major League Player of the Year, from the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America
  • 2001–All-Star
  • 2001–ALCS Most Valuable Player
  • 2003–Greater Houston Area Major League Player of the Year, from the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America
  • 2003–Warren Spahn Award, awarded annually to the top left-handed pitcher in baseball, from the Oklahoma Sports Museum


Use of performance-enhancing drugs

On September 30, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported that former relief pitcher Jason Grimsley, during a June 6, 2006 federal raid by federal agents investigating steroids in baseball, named Pettitte as a user of performance enhancing drugs. The Times reported that Pettitte was one of five names blacked out in an affidavit filed in federal court. Grimsley had told investigators that he got amphetamines, anabolic steroids, and human growth hormone (HGH) from someone (later named as Kirk Radomski) recommended to him by former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee, who is a personal strength coach for Clemens and Pettitte. However, on October 3, 2006, the Washington Post reported that San Franciscomarker United States attorney Kevin Ryan said that the Los Angeles Times report contained "significant inaccuracies." Contrary to the initial LA Times report, neither the name of Clemens nor Pettitte appeared in the affidavit submitted by Grimsley.[67236]

On December 13, 2007, Pettitte was one of several Yankees named in the Mitchell Report. Mitchell and his staff received the information on Pettitte from McNamee who told them he injected Pettitte with HGH on 2-4 occasions in 2002 so that he would heal from an elbow injury quicker.

On December 15, 2007, Pettitte verified McNamee's claim admitting to using the HGH on two occasions in 2002, as it was meant to help heal an injury, and not to enhance his performance. Pettitte said he felt an obligation to return to the team as quickly as possible. He denied any further usage of HGH during his career; he also denied use of steroids or any other performance-enhancing drug..

On February 13, 2008, in an affidavit made public as part of a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, Pettitte admitted to additional injections of HGH twice in one day in 2004, using HGH obtained via prescription for his seriously-ill father. Also in this affidavit Pettitte unequivocally recalled being told by former Yankees teammate Roger Clemens in 1999 or 2000 that Clemens had recently received injections of HGH. Clemens claimed during the noted hearing that Pettitte "misremembered" Clemens' 1999/2000 HGH remark, alleging that what Pettitte really heard was Clemens' reporting of his wife's use of HGH at that time, though earlier during this same hearing Clemens denied knowing of any use of HGH by his wife. McNamee corroborated Pettitte's recollection of events.

On February 18, 2008, Pettitte reported to Yankees spring training and apologized to fans for his past drug use. In the press conference, he said the performance enhancing-drug scandal has put a "strain" on his relationship with close friend and former teammate, Roger Clemens.

See also



References

  1. Andy Pettitte Stats and Graphs - New York Yankees | FanGraphs
  2. Andy Pettitte Declines his 2008 option
  3. Andy Pettitte Will Pitch in 2008
  4. Transactions: 2007, New York Yankees
  5. Chuck, Bill. 100 random things about the Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees, The Boston Globe. Published April 2, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
  6. Pettitte holding onto his pinstripes
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  10. Pettitte files to become free agent
  11. On December 13, 2007 Pettitte was named as one of the HGH users in the Mitchell Report.
  12. http://files.mlb.com/mitchrpt.pdf
  13. Yankees’ Pettitte admits to using HGH - Baseball - MSNBC.com


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