Whoa means no for Pettitte's Hall shot

By hitting brakes and not padding stats, lefty saves voters from temptation to say yes

Updated: February 6, 2011, 9:54 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

There's a difference between being an all-time great Yankee and an all-time great, and a difference between being a hall of fame guy and a Hall of Famer.

In both cases, Andy Pettitte was definitely the former but not quite the latter.

And despite the disappointment and frustration many Yankees fans no doubt feel today, he did many of us with Hall of Fame votes a huge favor by choosing to retire when he did, before his career numbers might improve to the point that they ...

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