February 5, 2011 by staff
Andy Pettitte, (AFP) – Andy Pettitte took his bow at Yankee Stadium on Friday, saying his career is over after 16 seasons and five Major League Baseball World Series titles with the Yankees in New York.
“My heart is not where it should be,” Pettitte said. “He does not feel right for me anymore. I did not have hunger, drive, I felt that I needed. ”
The pitcher, 38, 240-138 left finished with an average ERA of 3.88 and won record 19-playoff games. He spent 13 seasons with the Yankees and three with Houston Astros to help their first World Series.
Joined by wife Laura, Pettitte said she talked to him to announce his retirement last October after the Yankees were ousted from the playoffs, advising him to wait until he is sure of what ‘he wanted to do.
That time came last weekend, while traveling between his home and ranch in Texas, although recently two weeks ago, Pettitte thought he could come back for one more season.
“It was an easy decision, but it was not an easy decision,” Pettitte said. “I think that taking the mound every five days is over and I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my life and understand that is.
“I do not want it to be something other than spending time with my family.”
Pettitte admitted using human growth hormone to recover from injury and should be called as a prosecution witness in the perjury trial of former Yankee teammate Roger Clemens planned to Washington in July.
Clemens is accused of lying to lawmakers when he refused to take drugs. Pettitte said Clemens admitted taking them in private conversations, but Clemens said Pettitte “misremembered” conversations.
Its role in the upcoming trial was not a factor in his retirement, said Pettitte.
“This has no impact on, I mean zero, in my decision. It had no impact on my life,” Pettitte said. “I never let that interfere with a life decision that I make for myself and my family.”
Pettitte helped the Yankees win the World Series crowns in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.
“Andy has played with a spirit of competition that brings out the best in the teams he played for, and illustrates the commitment of this franchise and the will to win,” Yankee owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner said in a statement. “He was an anchor for the tremendous success of our team has achieved since the mid-1990s.
“He won the right to be considered among the greats who wore the stripes.”
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