Andy Pettitte is the Yankees' new strikeout king. Pettitte tied and passed Hall of Famer and fellow left-hander Whitey Ford during his start on Monday against the Twins, and now stands alone atop the franchise's all-time strikeouts list. Pettitte tied Ford's lifetime total with his 1,957th punchout in a Yankees uniform, a swinging strikeout of Twins center fielder Clete Thomas in the second inning. He then passed Ford with career strikeout No. 1,958, fanning Justin Morneau in the fifth inning. The left-hander mentioned it is hard to fathom that no other Yankee has thrown more strikeouts than him. "It's cool," Pettitte said. "I feel very honored to be able to be with this organization for so long and it's very special." Those were Pettitte's only two strikeouts of the night, as he left after five-plus innings with the Twins leading, 4-3. He allowed four runs on six hits and four walks, laboring through a three-run, 42-pitch first inning. The Yankees rallied late for a 10-4 victory. Pettitte did note he was disappointed with his outing overall, but to get it with a win -- Joe Girardi's 600th Major League managerial win -- made it that much more special. "That makes it nice, that's for sure. Joe was able to get his 600th win also," Pettitte said. "That's good stuff. I feel very fortunate to be able to be around as long as I have and to be able to be mentioned with Whitey's name is obviously always an honor." Ford held the top spot on the Yankees' strikeout leaderboard for nearly 50 years as he passed Red Ruffing for the franchise lead on Sept. 9, 1963. Nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board," he pitched 16 seasons with the Yankees, compiling a lifetime record of 236-106 with a 2.75 ERA in 3,170 1/3 innings spanning 498 big league games (438 starts). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Pettitte passes Ford in Yankees record book
MLB.com | Jul 2