Although not a Hall of Famer, Yankees legend Andy Pettitte is perfect for Monument Park

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Andy Pettitte has been a warrior on the hill.

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte announced Friday he will retire at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

With two starts remaining in his 18-year career, Pettitte (10-10, 3.93 ERA) is slated to take the mound in the South Bronx on Sunday and then for a final time next weekend against the Astros in Houston.

“I’m announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now while I’m still wearing this uniform how grateful I am for their support throughout my career,” said Pettitte, 41, a member of the “Core Four” who has recorded the most ever postseason victories with 19. “To have the opportunity to tip my cap during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special.”

Using a piercing cutter and pinpoint control, Pettitte has compiled 255 wins, in comparison to 152 losses, with a 3.86 ERA since debuting as a Yankee in April 1995.

A three-time All-Star who has captured five crowns in pinstripes, the winningest hurler in the 2000s will leave the game with more triumphs than Juan Marichal, Don Drysdale, Jim Bunning, Catfish Hunter, Lefty Gomez and Sandy Koufax.

Pettite is a borderline Hall of Famer who undoubtedly maximized his abilities.

Although a durable workhorse deserving of great praise and honor, “Dandy Andy” didn’t accomplish enough to be immortalized in Cooperstown.

However, as arguably the Yankees’ premier starter ever, Andy Pettitte does warrant a special place in Monument Park.

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