March 20, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) smiles as he walks into his press conference at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Pettite in Yankees' camp as special instructor

Don’t call it a comeback. Again.

When a player who has already retired and come back to play for two more seasons shows up at Spring Training after announcing his second retirement, media can’t help but speculate another return. Andy Pettite is back in Yankees’ camp, but he has reaffirmed to several reporters that he’s not planning a second retirement tour. Pettite, instead, is in camp as a special pitching instructor, doing things like observing prospects and throwing batting practice.

The pedigree is certainly there, and young Yankee pitchers probably get better just with him being in the room. Over 18 total seasons in the Major Leagues with the Yankees and Astros, Pettite compiled a 256-153 record with a 3.85 ERA in over 3,000 innings pitched.

But he’s not coming back.

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