Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will retire after this season.
The team announced Pettitte’s decision in a news release Friday, hours before opening its final homestand. The 41-year-old left-hander initially retired after the 2010 season, but he sat out only one year before returning to the Yankees.
“I’ve reached the point where I know that I’ve left everything I have out there on that field,” Pettitte said in the statement. “The time is right. I’ve exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that’s exactly how I want to leave this game.”
In a nice bit of symmetry, Pettitte is scheduled to make two more starts this season — one at Yankee Stadium and the other in his hometown of Houston.
Pettitte is set to pitch against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, when the Yankees will honor longtime closer Mariano Rivera. Baseball’s career saves leader also is retiring.
“One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday,” Pettitte said. “It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.”
Pettitte holds MLB records for postseason wins (19) and starts (44). A three-time All-Star, Pettitte has helped New York to seven AL pennants and five World Series championships during 15 seasons in pinstripes. He was the MVP of the 2001 AL championship series and is the franchise leader in career strikeouts with 2,009.
Dodgers blasted for pool party
How dare the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate in “our” swimming pool.
That was the general sentiment of indignation after Adrian Gonzalez and 20 or so other Dodgers left the champagne-soaked visitors’ clubhouse and jumped into the iconic Chase Field pool in jubilation after clinching the NL West title in Phoenix.
The Dodgers insist they meant no disrespect, but that pool in the right field corner of Chase Field is as close to a landmark as the ballpark has.
Arizona utility infielder Willie Bloomquist and Sen. John McCain are among those who took to Twitter to decry the Dodgers for a perceived lack of respect.
Heyward begins comeback
The Atlanta Braves activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the disabled list. He is wearing a special face mask to protect his jaw when he bats.
Heyward had been sidelined for a month after his right jaw was broken by a pitch from New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese on Aug. 21.
Heyward will wear the mask on the right side of his batting helmet.
Ellsbury confident for playoffs
Jacoby Ellsbury said he is ”very confident” he can return to the Boston Red Sox lineup for the postseason. The center fielder has missed 11 games since being diagnosed with a small fracture in his right foot.
Ellsbury has a nondisplaced fracture of the navicular bone. The injury initially happened on Aug. 28 and he played seven games before it was diagnosed.