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Pettitte Returns to Yankees Spotlight



Pettitte, Ron Guidry, and CC Sabathia gathered near the pitchers’ mound, while Gerrit Cole leaned against a railing in front of the first base dugout, quietly expressing his appreciation for seeing the trio of Yankee legends.

Later, during his public introduction, Aaron Judge highlighted his satisfaction with having hitting coaches James Rowson, Pat Roessler, and Casey Dykes, who bring a wealth of experience to the game.

With Pettitte, the Yankees will benefit from both aspects: a franchise icon and a coach who understands the pressures of pitching in critical situations.

Manager Aaron Boone indicated during his post-workout press conference that Pettitte, who was hired last July as an advisor, would have a more involved role with the team this year.

Upon further inquiry, Boone confirmed that Pettitte would be present for around 40 to 60-plus games, although the exact schedule is yet to be finalized.

This increased involvement does not undermine the role of pitching coach Matt Blake, who commands respect within the organization. Pettitte’s presence, though frequent, does not formally place him on the coaching staff, as he expressed no interest in a full-time coaching position last summer.

Boone praised Pettitte’s extensive pitching knowledge, his status as a Yankee legend, and his ability to connect with both pitchers and other members of the team.

The Yankees’ decision to involve Pettitte more closely aligns with the players’ desire to work with coaches who have significant field experience, a sentiment echoed by Aaron Judge and supported by Boone.

Boone confirmed that players are eager to learn from coaches with extensive backgrounds in the game, describing them as “lifers” who bring valuable insight and understanding to the team dynamic.

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