As you may have heard, Andy Pettitte has returned to the New York Yankees. The pitcher retired somewhat abrubtly, as his last season (2010) was a very good campaign that saw him go 11 and 3 with an All Star appearance, so there was reason to think he could continue. Some have speculated that his retirement was brought on by his then impending role in the Roger Clemens trial, and as he has stated recently that he is "mentally ready to play", we have to wonder if there is some validity to that.
Regardless of his reasoning, Pettitte's return raises Hall of Fame questions for us. We were not sure when he retired whether he was Cooperstown material or not. Granted, he had a very impressive won/loss record of 240 and 138, but playing for some great teams certainly helped that statistic. Quietly, he has raied himself to #48 all time, but his WHIP is average and only three times was he in the top ten in WAR (for pitchers). We suspected, that he would have made our list but likely the bottom half.
So we ask this.... what would Andy Pettitte have to do to make himself a lock for the Hall of Fame, or at least raise his chances? He does not have enough juice left to get 300 wins, or 3,000 strikeouts (we don't think anyway), so that might be out. Is it possible? We would love to hear what you think.