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Andy Pettitte accepts front office role with Yankees

Andy Pettitte is back with the New York Yankees organization, this time in a front office role.

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.

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.

Earlier today, Pettitte was already working in his new role.

Pettitte joins a handful of former Yankees who currently serve as special advisors, such as: Carlos Beltran, Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez.