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Andy Pettitte
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Andy Pettitte

Andrew Eugene Pettitte (born June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.

He made his major league debut on April 29, 1995 with the New York Yankees, with whom he spent nine seasons in the starting rotation. Selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 draft, he opted to attend junior college; on May 25, 1991 he signed with them as an amateur free agent. Pettitte was a part of six American League pennant-winning teams and four World Series championship teams. He is tied for a record 13 playoff wins with John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves. He is the only MLB pitcher since 1930 to win at least 12 games in each of his first nine seasons.

Pettitte has been a 20-game winner twice, in 1996 and 2003, each time with a 21-8 mark. In 1996 he was the runnerup to Pat Hentgen for the AL Cy Young Award after leading the league in wins, and in 2001 he was named the MVP of the ALCS after winning both the first and last games. He was named to the AL All-Star team in 1996 and 2001.

On December 11, 2003, Pettitte signed a 3-year, $31.5 million free agent deal with the Houston Astros. His old Yankees teammate Roger Clemens joined him a few weeks later, forgoing his planned retirement. Prior to the 2004 season, Pettitte has a record of 149-78, with 1,275 strikeouts and a 3.94 ERA.

Pettitte (pronounced "pet-IT") married Laura Dunn on January 9, 1993; they have 3 children.

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