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Andy Pettitte now all-time Yankees strikeout leader

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Andy Pettitte, no. 46, on Monday became the Yankees' all-time strikeout leader. (USATSI)
Andy Pettitte, no. 46, on Monday became the Yankees' all-time strikeout leader. (USATSI)

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With his fifth inning strikeout of Justin Morneau on Monday night, Andy Pettitte became the Yankees' all-time leader in strikeouts. With 1,958 whiffs as a member of the Yankees, Pettitte surpassed Whitey Ford's long-standing franchise mark.

Overall, Pettitte now has 2,386 strikeouts, but 428 of those came as a member of the Astros.

Ford, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, is still the franchise leader in wins with 236. Pettitte has 213 as a Yankee (good for third, behind Ford and Red Ruffing's 231 wins) and 250 overall.

As for greatest Yankee pitcher of all-time, the discussion is essentially down to Ford and Pettitte's teammate Mariano Rivera, who's in his final season.

Although a good starter is typically more valuable than even a great reliever by virtue of the vastly greater innings load, Rivera's excellence is such that we have a certifiable debate. While WAR is by no means a discussion-ender, it's worth noting that, according to Baseball-Reference, Rivera narrowly leads Ford on the all-time Yankee pitching WAR leaderboard.

Pettitte, for what it's worth, ranks third on that list, just ahead of Ron Guidry.

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