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Friday
Sep202013

Andy Pettitte Announces His Retirement 

Jim McIssac/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte announced that he is retiring at the end of the season.

This is the second retirement announcement of Pettitte's career.  He retired after the 2010 season only to return in March of 2012.  He has spent 15 of his 18 MLB seasons with the Yankees.

"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," Pettitte said in a statement.

The 41-year-old Pettitte has 255 career victories, five World Series championships, and is the all-time leader in postseason wins with 19.

Pettitte will be able to leave the game with one of his closest friends, closer Mariano Rivera.  Rivera is also retiring at the conclusion of the season.

The Yankees are still fighting for a playoff spot in the American League, but if they don't make the postseason, Pettitte's final start at Yankee Stadium will come on Sunday.  He enters the game with a 10-10 record and a 3.93 ERA this season.

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