After last season ended, many fans expected the Yankees to come back in 2011 with the best rotation in the majors, one that would feature CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Andy Pettitte, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes.
Now that the Phillies signed Lee and with Pettitte expected to announce his retirement tomorrow, Yankees fans are cringing at the sound of the team’s rotation.
Make sure you check out Peter Botte’s roundup of reactions from Hal Steinbrenner, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez, Joe Torre, Ron Guidry, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra.
I’m going to be posting more about Pettitte’s retirement, obviously, but I think a good question to begin thinking about is if he’ll make the Hall of Fame. He lacks a Cy Young and doesn’t quite have the regular season numbers, but his postseason totals speak for themselves. Initial thoughts?