Andy Pettitte throws the ceremonial first pitch before game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium

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Andy Pettitte Nearing Removal From Hall Of Fame Ballot

January 18, 2019 - 4:04 pm
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By WFAN.com

As Yankees fans anxiously wait for one, possibly two franchise legends to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday, another New York great could be looking at his first and final year on the ballot.

Mariano Rivera is a lock to be voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, while Mike Mussina seems to have a good chance at also receiving enough votes to make it in this year.

However, former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, in his first year of eligibility, is a lot closer to being removed from the ballot than he is to being voted in.

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With just under 45 percent of all ballots publicly revealed, Pettitte has been named on only 6.5 percent, according to Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker

A player needs at least five percent of the vote in order to remain on the ballot the following year. 

Pettitte went 256-153 with a 3.85 ERA in 18 seasons with the Yankees and Astros. He appeared in three All-Star Games and finished in the top six in Cy Young Award voting five times, while winning five World Series championships. 

Pettitte is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in postseason wins with 19, four more than John Smoltz in second.

Unfortunately for his chances, Pettitte was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report. The longtime Yankees pitcher admitted that he used HGH in 2002 to speed up the recovery on an elbow injury, and immediately apologized for what he called "an error in judgement."