Yankees' Andy Pettitte to retire at end of season

Yankees' Andy Pettitte to retire at end of season

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Andy Pettitte talks to the media regarding his announcement to retire at the end of the season, Sept. 20, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Andy Pettitte talks to the media regarding his announcement to retire at the end of the season, Sept. 20, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
In this Feb. 4, 2011 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte speaks to reporters during a baseball news conference announcing his retirement, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) In this Feb. 4, 2011 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte speaks to reporters during a baseball news conference announcing his retirement, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York Yankees Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will retire at the end of the 2013 season.

Pettitte, who has played 15 seasons with the Bombers, made the announcement at an afternoon news conference at Yankee Stadium.

"The time is right. I've exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that's exactly how I want to leave this game," he said. Pettitte said he was hesitant to make the announcement before the end of the season because he didn't want to take anything away from the celebration of Mariano Rivera's career, who is also retiring. But he said Rivera insisted he let the fans know.

The Yankees are expected to honor Rivera on Sunday. He announced his retirement after this season, his 19th with the Yankees.

Pettitte, 41, is a three-time All-Star and the only pitcher in Major League history to pitch at least 17 Major League seasons without ever finish with a losing season.

He pitched three seasons with the Houston Astros from 2004-06.

Pettitte's statement released prior to the news conference: "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. I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special.

"I've reached the point where I know that I've left everything I have out there on that field. The time is right. I've exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that's exactly how I want to leave this game.

"One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano's day on Sunday. 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."

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