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31 days until pitchers and catchers report, and Andy Pettitte has yet to decide whether he wants to pitch in 2011. He announced he may sort of, maybe, pitch for half of 2011. In my humble effort to help the Yankees’ 3rd winningest pitcher of all-time make up his mind, I offer 5 reasons he should stop hanging out in his pj’s and get on a plane to Tampa.

  1. You stand to make one final, massive payday. If reports are true, the Yanks had penciled in $22 million for Cliff Lee. We all know that Lee walked away from that and headed to the land of cheese steaks instead, and the Yanks haven’t even begun to spend any of that money. My guess is you can safely tell Cashman & Company to fork over $17 million or so for one final season.
  2. New York loves a winner. There’s absolutely no way coming back can ruin your career reputation. If the team stays in contention, you’ll be the man who saved the season in many eyes. If the team falters and you have a great season, you’ll get to retire with your adoring fans thanking you for one final hurrah. Even if everything goes horribly wrong (team misses playoffs and you don’t play particularly well), everyone will remember you as a great pitcher who came back one final time and gave it your all, but couldn’t outrun Father Time any more.
  3. The Yankees need you! This might be stating the obvious, but they really do. Right now, the rotation projects to CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, AJ Burnett, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre. It may not be the worst rotation in history, but it certainly comes close. Injecting an Andy Pettitte gives the Yankees two proven starters and gets Mitre back into the bullpen.
  4. Solidify those HOF credentials. Your regular season numbers are probably close to being good enough to getting you into the Hall of Fame, and your post-season pitching should get you over the top (hey, you’re mentioned in the same breath with Whitey Ford and Catfish Hunter when it comes to big game pitching!). But another 15 regular season wins and you’ll pass Herb Pennock, Amos Rusie, Joe McGinty, Vic WillisJuan Marichal, Carl Hubbell, and Bob Gibson – all of whom are already enshrined. Another 150 strikeouts gets you past Marichal, Early Wynn, Rube WaddellRobin Roberts and Sandy Koufax. I know you’ve never been the type to worry about how baseball history views you, but a plaque in Cooperstown is a fitting way to cap off a great career.
  5. Nobody wants their last year to be an injury plagued one. If 2010 is your final season, I can’t imagine it’s the way you envisioned closing your career. Spending 2 1/2 months on the DL and then still not healthy enough to pitch at 100% in the playoffs. (Although, that 80% you gave us was better than the other 3 starters combined). Come on back and show everyone what Andy Pettitte at 100% for a full season can do.

Well, there you go. Just let me know when to send the limo around for you – I’ve got the jet all warmed up and the auto-pilot set for Yankee Stadium.

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