On Monday, the Yankees announced that Pettitte accepted a front office position with the organization. The 46-year-old will serve as a Special Advisor to the General Manager.
Pettitte returns to the organization that he spent the majority of his playing career pitching for. Over 15 seasons in the Bronx, the fierce left-hander picked up 219 victories, and was a major contributor on five Yankees World Series Championship teams.
Recently, some former Yankees have begun to take on front office roles throughout Major League Baseball. Last offseason, Derek Jeter took over as part owner/CEO of the Miami Marlins. Last week, former teammate and “Core Four” member Jorge Posada joined Jeter’s staff in Miami as a special advisor.
Jeter had shown interest in adding another one of his former teammates to his staff, but Pettitte’s interest was working with the Yankees in some capacity.
Andy Pettitte said that Derek Jeter asked him about joining the Marlins front office, but Pettitte’s interest was being with the Yankees.
During his news conference, Pettitte described his new commitment as “very laid back.” This new role will allow him to help the Yankees while also spending time with his family.
Brian Cashman spoke to the media, and seemed very excited to have Pettitte back within the organization. According to Cashman, Pettitte will assist with the physical and mental side of the game, both at the major league and minor league levels.
Brian Cashman said that new special assistant Andy Pettitte will assist on the physical and mental sides in both the majors and minors.
Cashman said that he told Pettitte: “I’ll take as much Andy as I can get.”