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It turns out the Houston Astros know how to steal more than signs.
The much-maligned ballclub poached Reggie Jackson from the Yankees, The Post’s Ken Davidoff confirmed Monday — six months after the Baseball Hall of Famer left his longtime special advisory role with the Bombers.
News of Jackson’s defection to the Astros was first reported by the Houston Chronicle. It adds another layer of drama to this week’s series between the Yankees and Astros, which begins Tuesday and will mark the first time the rivals will meet since it was uncovered in the fall of 2019 that Houston stole signs illegally en route to its World Series title in 2017, which included a seven-game ALCS victory over the Yankees.
“I’m involved and have been involved with Jim [Crane, the Houston owner] and the ’Stros,” Jackson told the Houston Chronicle after he was spotted at Minute Maid Park for a game last week. “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 baseball fields and charity things that we can do together for the community.”
It’s unclear what Jackson’s exact role is.
Jackson, 75, told Davidoff in February that he had “taken my retirement, really,” after parting ways in November with the Yankees — for whom he had mostly worked since 1993.
Over the years Jackson developed a friendship with Crane, who was forced to fire GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch after the sign-stealing scandal went public.
Before he was hired by George Steinbrenner more than two decades ago, Jackson, a lefty hitting outfielder, earned his spot in Monument Park by hitting three home runs in the 1977 World Series clinching game, drawing the moniker “Mr. October.”
Jackson also helped the Yankees to a championship the following season as part of a five-year tenure in The Bronx.
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