Andy Pettitte: 'I Don't Feel Like I'm A Hall Of Famer'

Joe & Evan
June 18, 2019 - 2:29 pm
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Andy Pettitte is one of the greatest pitchers the Yankees have had in the 21st century so far.

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Pettitte had three separate stints in New York, winning five World Series championships with the team. He retired after the 2013 season and has recently become eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, Pettitte joined “Joe & Evan” on WFAN to talk about his career with the Yankees and about his prospects for Cooperstown. The 47-year-old lefty doesn’t think he should be elected to the Hall.

“I didn’t feel like a hall of famer when I played,” said Pettitte. “I played with hall of famers. The game was such a struggle to me. Really, I don’t expect that. I’m still so honored and so blessed that I was on the ballot and people were voting for me. One day I may have a chance to go in. But it’s not something that I really followed. If that came that would be again for me an unbelievable blessing from God.”

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He’s modest, but Pettitte’s career numbers are impressive. He won 256 games in the big leagues with 2,448 strikeouts and a career ERA of 3.85.

Even when Pettitte left the Yankees for the Houston Astros he was leaving one good team for another. Pettitte claimed that his numbers are so good because he was lucky enough to play with great players on some great squads.

“I don’t feel like I’m a hall of famer. If you start looking at numbers, I was blessed to be healthy and play on great teams and win a lot of ballgames, so I have some of the numbers that I think could get you there.”

The only dark spot on Pettitte’s career is his admission to using performance-enhancing drugs for a very brief period of his career. Unlike others being accused, Pettitte admitted his guilt and apologized.

He told “Joe & Evan” that he thought his admission was a big part of why people mention PEDs when talking about other former players, but not him.

“I think the press conference that I had at spring training, I think that helped. Whatever they wanted to ask me, I didn’t have nothing to hide. It was obviously an uncomfortable situation … the biggest thing for me, like I said before, is the kids. I don’t want any kids thinking that I think that (PED use is okay). I would never want that.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Joe & Evan's full interview with Andy Pettitte.