Pettitte announcing today so fans know last home start Sun, full circle final start will be near Hou home next weekend #Yankees #Astros
Andy Pettitte is scheduled to announce his retirement Friday afternoon, The Post has learned.
Thus, two members of the Yankees’ Core Four – Mariano Rivera and Pettitte – will be retiring after this season. Pettitte, 41, has retired once already, not playing in the 2011 season before returning to the Yankees in 2012.
However, Pettitte has told friends this season has been very hard on his body physically, much tougher than he had anticipated. The lefty also could see a great Yankees era coming to an end, an era he was a major contributor in constructing.
Pettitte is 10-10 this year with a 3.93 ERA. He is scheduled to start Sunday against the Giants, meaning his final home outing would coincide with Mariano Rivera Day at the Stadium. It also would line him up to make the final start of his career either Friday or Saturday back home in Houston.
The Yankees and the Astros are the only two teams for which Pettitte has played. In his 18-year career, he is 255-152 with a 3.86 ERA. In addition, he is the winningest pitcher in postseason history, having gone 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA.
He was a central part in the Yankees’ five championships of this generation. His 218 wins as a Yankee are third in team history to Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).
Pettitte is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate. But his chances to reach Cooperstown likely will be harmed by his admitted use of HGH on a few occasions.