Trenton Thunder fans were treated with the opportunity to see legendary Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte rehab with the team during the 2010 Eastern League Playoffs. Little did anyone know that they’d be among the last starts he’d ever make.
Pettitte retired recently, but the debate among fans, writers and even those into baseball betting raged on as to whether or not he’ll be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame when his time comes.
A quick trip to MLB.com to look up his stats reveals a compelling case. A three-time All Star and five-time World Series Champion, the southpaw finished with a 240-138 record, 3.88 ERA and 2,251 strikeouts. But the postseason is where Pettitte really made his mark, finishing as Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in playoff wins with a remarkable 19.
But, regardless of the circumstances, Pettitte admitted to using HGH twice in 2002. And that might be just enough to keep him out of Cooperstown given his fringe nature as a HOF’er to begin with. To me, I think Pettitte’s postseason prowess is enough to put him over the top…but for most writers, I suspect he’ll have four “t’s” in his name but not enough “W’s.” Never an ace, Pettitte may very well be on the outside looking in when his name appears on the ballot.
What do you think? Is Pettitte a Hall of Famer?
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