Results for tag: Andy Pettitte
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:55:25 PM

Much has been written on Andy Pettitte, things such as memories of the first time people heard the name associated with possibly being a major leaguer. Jack O'Connell, the baseball writer has a nice recollection, one that's much better than mine since I was 16 at the time.

Even if your memory isn't the greatest, one thing you can do is look up a career and see various milestones, such as major league debut, first win and so on. So below will be a list of Andy Pettitte's firsts.

First major league appearance: April 29, 1995, seventh inning in Kansas City in relief of Melido Perez

First batter faced: Wally Joyner flied out to center

First strikeout: Joe Vitiello pinch hitting for Bob Hamelin (also Vitiello's major league debut)

First hit allowed: Gary Gaetti single

First earned run

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:55:37 PM

The year was 1995 and spring training began late because the strike did not end until April. The same stoppage had spoiled a 70-43 season for the Yankees, who were in their second year of recovery following the wayward years of 1989-1992.

During spring training, a young left-handed pitcher was competing with Sterling Hitchcock for the fifth spot in a rotation that included Jack McDowell and Jimmy Key. Up to that point, Pettitte had compiled an outstanding minor league career and projections were high, especially from Nardi Contreras, who was his triple-A pitching coach and said the following to the Times.

"He's going to be a great major league player one day. It'll be soon."

Pettitte was the opening day 28-man roster as a relief pitcher with no clue that he would soon be a regular starting

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 25, 2010 at 05:40:01 PM

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

That is the last stanza to Robert Frost's poem, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening and the reason for the headline of the post. The miles to go before I sleep can be applied to the Yankees, who are in the initial planning phase for next year.

On a normal Monday on E. 161 Street at noon, people are taking a break from being in the Bronx County Courthouse as judges, lawyers or jurors. They are usually found at one of the several lunchtime establishments, doing some shopping before returning to court or sitting outside on a surprisingly warm fall day.

Walking down the hill and crossing River Avenue, the massive two-year-old Yankee Stadium emerges from

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 18, 2010 at 04:29:17 PM

Today is October 18 and 33 years ago across the street at Yankee, the Yankees were World Champions for the first time since 1962. That was the night that Reggie Jackson hit three home runs off three Los Angeles Dodger pitchers.

Reggie Jackson obviously is not in the lineup, but the usual lineup against a left-handed pitcher is being used.

That night Jackson was doing what the Yankees envisioned when George Steinbrenner signed him as a free agent and tonight Andy Pettitte takes the mound looking to add to his October totals in a positive light by pitching well against Texas.

Since Cliff Lee is on the mound, it kind of allows Pettitte to fly under the radar, get overshadowed and lost in the shuffle. Those types of things are perfectly fine for Pettitte, who has 19 postseason victories,

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 17, 2010 at 05:35:25 PM

Today is October 17 and a year ago, the Yankees were beating the Angels in 13 innings on Jerry Hairston’s dash to the plate. That gave them a 2-0 lead heading into three games in Anaheim, meaning the Yankees had five games to win two.

Now because of the events of Game Two, the Yankees face a five-game series with the Rangers and whoever wins three games first will be the AL Champion.

Many wondered how the Rangers would respond to blowing a five-run lead in Game One. The answer was pretty clear when they laid a 7-2 beating on the Yankees yesterday.

In their first trip to Yankee Stadium since mid-April, the Rangers worked out first as by taking a loose session of fielding, throwing and batting practice to go along with a drill of pitcher’s fielding practice.

Maybe it is because

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 8, 2010 at 02:44:00 AM

The division series is always the most nerve-wracking, even as the Yankees fall behind early but my belief is the same as the players. Many times early deficits are nothing to worry about and in the first two games of this round, they have been right.

In fact the last five divisional series games have been comeback wins for the Yankees, so naturally curiosity strikes. When it does, it makes me want to know how many of these types of wins the Yankees have had during the divisional series.

The Yankees have now won their last six games when the opponent scores first in the divisional series. The last time they scored first and won was in Game One of the 2006 ALDS against Detroit when they scored five in the third on six straight hits off Nate Robertson.

Every postseason victory over the

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:55:15 PM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Four of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant unfolded for the Yankees during the 1980s and 1990s in years that they won it and years they fell short. Initially this was going to include 2000-2009 but this was long enough already and most people know about those years, so it was skipped.


1980 – A new decade ushered in a new manager. That man was Dick Howser and his first year was a 103-win season. The Yankees reached August with a 7 ½ game lead and won four of six but saw the lead cut to 5 1/2. It was reduced

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 24, 2010 at 05:21:35 PM

Reading the papers and listening to as much sports talk radio as I can tolerate, the general opinion is that the Yankees have no shot whatsoever of winning the American League East.

That is because of what happened the last two nights when they flushed away chances to go up 3 ½ games on the Rays with nine games remaining. Yes, they still have the wild card but the way it is being played out, there is no shot of the AL East title occurring.

At 1:00 on WFAN, listeners were told that if they divisional series tickets that they should set aside October 9 for Game Three with Minnesota and possibly October 10 for Game Four with Minnesota.

While the Yankees speak about winning the division and home field, it certainly is not the biggest deal this year.

So the question is will the difference

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 8, 2010 at 12:17:09 PM

Today is September 8 and a year ago Phil Hughes allowed a home run to Tampa Bay’s Jason Bartlett in the eighth inning of an eventual 3-2 win.

That brings us to a year later and the frequently discussed innings limit for Hughes has come into play again. It will result in him starting next Wednesday in Tampa Bay instead of Sunday in Texas.

Manager Joe Girardi told Hughes the news, then revealed it to reporters and said Hughes might get pitch an inning in relief during the Texas series.

Hughes is not the emotional type so it was hardly surprising when he accepted being skipped for the second time this year. The last time was after he beat the Mets on June 19 and he did not pitch again June 29.

After beating the Mets, Hughes had a 3.17 ERA and was 10-1.  Since that point, Hughes is 5-6

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 6, 2010 at 12:18:29 PM

There is not much going on but the good news is that Andy Pettitte threw his bullpen session.  He threw 20 pitches at low intensity and said there was no pain. 

The next step for Pettitte is a rehab start against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Eastern League affiliate of the Blue Jays.  For Trenton, Pettitte is expected to throw 60 pitches against the team that was second in home runs and first in on-base percentage and that will take place Thursday to give the lefty five days off.

Though the outing is more a way to gauge how Pettitte feels, he might also want to know who he is facing.

Nick Swisher is back in the lineup after missing three games with a knee injury.  Swisher had an MRI and was definitely relieved when the test just revealed inflammation and no