MLB Hall of Fame: Breaking down the 2020 ballot

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees field a ball against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees field a ball against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /
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Andy Pettitte – second year on ballot (9.9% in 2019)

Despite a fairly strong case for the MLB Hall of Fame, Andy Pettitte did not receive any traction last year.

A part of the Yankees Core Four, Pettitte was a key part of their five most recent World Series titles. Although he followed Roger Clemens to the Astros, Pettitte returned home, cementing his legacy as one of the best pitchers in franchise history. He seemed to be another perfect representation of the pinstripes.

Pettitte had a solid, albeit somewhat underrated, career. He was only named to the All Star Game three times despite earning Cy Young votes in five seasons and winning 15 or more games eight times. Overall, the 2001 ALCS MVP posted a 256-153 record, along with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.351 WHiP. In his 3316 innings, he struck out 2448 batters while issuing 1031 walks.

The problem is that Pettitte has the giant PED decal attached to his candidacy. Unlike some of the others, he admitted to his usage, and even threw Clemens under the bus. However, just like with Mark McGwire, honesty has not helped his cause. It is doubtful that he will ever get the due his career deserves.

Andy Pettitte is a borderline candidate for the MLB Hall of Fame. However, his PED usage almost ensures that he will not be inducted.