Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees former player Reggie Jackson speaks during a television interview before a game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Reggie Jackson Makes Up With Yankees

The Hall of Famer had some pointed words about Yankee star Alex Rodriguez. That didn't make anyone happy. Now Reggie's going to rejoin the Yankees after being temporarily told to stay away.

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Reggie Jackson Rejoining Yankees, Skipping Hall Of Fame Induction

Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson got himself in trouble with the Yankees, for whom he has been a “special adviser”, as well as with some active players and Hall of Famers, for controversial statements he made in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated.

He issued the requisite apologies, and now, he’ll be back to hanging with his Yankee buds. George A. King III:

Reggie Jackson’s re-entry into the Yankees’ clubhouse will take place Thursday or Friday in Oakland. The Hall of Famer is opting to spend the weekend with the Yankees instead of traveling to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions.

“He is not expected,’’ Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said of Jackson, who was sidelined by the Yankees during their series in Boston prior to the All-Star break and series against the Angels and Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium after being critical of Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame credentials due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Jackson also questioned whether Gary Carter, Jim Rice and others belonged in the Hall of Fame based on playing careers.

The article indicates Jackson, who has a home near Oakland, often has been with the Yankees when they play there. Given Reggie’s comments about some living Hall of Famers, it’s not surprising he wants to be far from Cooperstown on induction day.


Reggie Jackson Apologizes To Yankees, Others

In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson made some controversial statements about player PED use; some of his remarks were aimed at Yankees third baseman Reggie Jackson.

In response, the Yankees, who had Jackson as a “special adviser”, had distanced themselves from him, reportedly telling him to “stay away”.

Jackson’s now saying he’s sorry, in an official statement from the Yankees (note the byline says “New York Yankees Media Relations”):

“In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players.”

“This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t take greater care in expressing my views.

Reggie doesn’t back off the PED comments he made in the article; as you can see, he apologizes for naming names. Most likely, this was the requirement to get back in the Yankees' good graces. Though it might not happen as quickly as he would like.

For more on the Yankees, please visit Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York.

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