Andy Pettitte has spent 15 of his 18 years in Major League Baseball wearing pinstripes and has been the ultimate symbol of consistency — 250 wins, yet no Cy Young awards and only three All-Star appearances — during his career in the Bronx. Pettitte is so unassuming that it’s easy to forget he’s still effectively pitching for the Yankees at the age of 41 — ancient by starting pitcher standards.
Last night, Pettitte became the Yankees’ all-time strikeout leader with this K of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.
The Yankees legend broke Hall of Famer Whitey Ford’s mark of 1,957 to give him the most strikeouts in the Yankees’ vaunted history. Pettitte now has 2,386 career strikeouts, which is good enough for 41st all-time.
Unfortunately, his admitted use of performance enhancing drugs — which he arguably handled with more grace than anyone in the MLB — will likely negate any chance he ever had of making the Hall of Fame at least in the near future.