Andy Pettitte case for Cooperstown

Andy Pettitte case for Cooperstown

Andy Pettitte case for Cooperstown

One of the most consistent players on five World Series championship teams, left-hander Andy Pettitte enters his fifth year in the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot with an interesting case as a New York Yankees legend – and admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Pettitte holds the all-time record with 19 playoff victories and 44 starts, helping the Yankees win it all in 1996, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09 – his final ring came after a stint with the Houston Astros.

Certainly not a candidate for dunks with a career ERA of 3.89, Pettitte didn’t even get time due to his use of human growth hormone, revealed in the 2007 Mitchell Report with Roger Clemens.

Still, you can’t tell the story of these Yankee teams without a chapter on Pettitte, whose arrival in 1995 coincided with a 14-year post-season drought. Pettitte won 256 games in his 18-year career, averaging 30 starts and a record of 15-9 from 1996-2010.

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