After 16 years in the big leagues Andy Pettitte has decided to retire.

As a Yankee fan I hate to see him go, but Andy Pettitte has had himself one hell of a career.  5 World Series rings with the Yankees, a record of 240-138, lifetime ERA of 3.88 and three all start appearances.   I would love to have Andy back in pin stripes for the 2011 season but I totally support his decision to retire.

At 10:30 this morning Pettitte has a press conference scheduled at Yankee Stadium to officially announce that he is done with major league baseball.  He was one of the last remaining members of the 1996 Yankees that won the World Series (Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera are the other left).

There is some debate among Hall of Fame voters as to whether or not Pettitte will end up in Cooperstown due to his name coming up on the Mitchell Report and his admitted use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH).  In my opinion he is hands down in the Hall of Fame, except I don't get a vote.  Maybe his honesty in the Mitchell Report hearings will play a roll in landing him in Cooperstown but like many of the other guys on that list he will have  a hard time.   He is also a key witness in the Roger Clemens perjury case coming up later this year and some speculate that could have played a key roll in his decision to retire.  Andy, you will be missed.  All Yankee fans and baseball fans wish you the best!