When Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the Yankees in next weekend’s series against the Astros, it will be his last regular-season start. The left-handed pitcher who is finishing his 18th season in the major leagues announced he’s retiring after this season.
The three-time All-Star says he’s announcing now so he can thank fans in his remaining days as a Yankee.
Pettitte has been with the Yankees for most of his career — from 1995 to 2003, then returning to the Bronx in 2007 after time with the Astros. He retired in 2010, but sat out only one year before returning to the Yankees.
Pettitte, who holds the major league record with 19 postseason wins, says he’s exhausted, mentally and physically, and knows the time is right.