Mr. October has crossed enemy lines.
According to multiple reports, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is now working within the Houston Astros organization in an unspecified role.
“I’m involved and have been involved with Jim [Crane] and the ‘Stros,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I’m happy to be here. It’s working well. I’m fitting in. all to make the ballclub better and at the same time we’re working on a lot of baseball fields and charity things that we can do together for the community.
Jackson, 75, has been a familiar face around the Yankees, working with the team since 1993. He would often appear at Yankees spring training and several games over the course of the season while working as a special advisor to the team.
Jackson told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post he had “taken my retirement, really” back in February.
Per the New York Post, Jackson had developed a friendship with Crane but it is unclear why he changed his mind on his apparent “retirement.”
News of Jackson’s presence in Houston also comes as the Yankees are about to host on a three-game series against the Astros — the first matchup between the teams since a sign-stealing scandal was unearthed following the 2019 season when the Astros beat the Yankees in six games.
The scandal, which began during Houston’s 2017 championship season, led to the firings of manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, but the players escaped any punishment.
The Astros had beaten the Yankees in seven games in a tightly contested ALCS that year before advancing to the World Series where they beat the Dodgers in six games.