Andy Pettitte – Hall Of Fame Worthy???
With the recent announcement that Andy Pettitte is retiring from major league baseball after 16 seasons, my first thought was if he is worthy of a Hall of Fame vote.
But the answer to that question is hard to answer with a resounding confidence.
The numbers are solid – 240 wins with 138 losses. He collected just 2 20-win seasons, but did add another 10 seasons with at least 14 victories. And while most of his career was played during the era of the specialty reliever, Pettitte threw just 25 complete games and only 4 shutouts. His career ERA is decent at 3.88, and he has a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.8:1.
As for the postseason, there is no pitcher that has been as solid. Boasting 19 career victories and 5 World Series championship rings, Pettitte is the most decorated post-season pitcher of our era. And second place on this list is a long way off…
As for individual success, Pettitte has earned 2 All-Star selections while finishing in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award on five different occasions.
And now with the stats and awards out of the way, the question still remains – Is Andy Pettitte worthy of induction into Cooperstown??
My answer – No.
Sorry Andy, you have been a thrill to watch – and I really have enjoyed watch you build a very strong case for being one of the top pitchers in post-season history. But that is not enough for me. For me, you must have been one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in the sport to get that kind of honor. And while very, very good, I never thought of Andy Pettitte as a team’s ace. Never winning the Cy Young Award hurts his chances. He also played for teams that had better pitchers, which put him into the 2nd or 3rd spot on his team’s pitching rotation – never the primary spot…
In five years when Andy Pettitte is officially added to the Hall of Fame ballot, I do hope that he gets 5% of the vote, but I want that for him more as a sign of respect for his championship filled career – not because he belongs in the same class of pitcher that hang their hats at Cooperstown.
Where do you stand on this one? Yeah or Ney???