Yankees to Mr. October: Stay away

Updated: July 10, 2012, 9:57 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesReggie Jackson, a special adviser for the Yankees, usually is around the team but has essentially been benched, sources say.

After Reggie Jackson's disparaging comments about Alex Rodriguez and others last week, he was essentially benched by the Yankees and told to stay away from team events indefinitely, according to AL sources.

Jackson was not in Boston over the weekend, where the Yankees played the Red Sox.

Jackson, a special adviser for the Yankees, usually is around the team.

But at this time, there is enough anger at the Hall of Famer from within the organization that the team has decided that he should keep his distance until otherwise determined.

"A cooling-off period, but not a death penalty," a source with knowledge of the team's thinking called it when speaking to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand.

At some point, Jackson is expected to be back with the team, the source said.

"The Yankees think that the timing is not right for me to be around the team right now," Jackson told USA Today. "When the Yankees feel that the timing is proper, I'll return."

Jackson spent Friday apologizing to Rodriguez and the club's hierarchy, officials with knowledge of the conversations told ESPNNewYork.com last week.

Jackson contacted A-Rod, manager Joe Girardi and Yankees officials to apologize for the comments he made in last week's edition of Sports Illustrated. Rodriguez confirmed Jackson called him, but declined to reveal the nature of the talk.

"We're going to keep that very private," Rodriguez said Friday.

Rodriguez and Jackson have been friends for years, which caused the third baseman to joke about the comments.

"With friends like that, who needs enemies," Rodriguez said.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand was used in this report.

Buster Olney | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

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