The greatest Yankee center fielder of my lifetime, Bernie Williams, is going to play Winter Ball for the Carolina Giants, the team’s GM announced. Carolina, which is a part of the Puerto Rican Winter League, is excited to have him. “With a ballplayer like him, even though he hasn’t been playing for two years, you can’t say no,” Cruz said. Cruz went on to say that although Williams is 40 and has not played for two seasons, he is interested in playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in March.
Williams played for the Yankees from 1991-2006, was named five All-Star teams and won four Gold Gloves. He never officially retired from professional baseball, only turning down the Yankees offer of a minor league contract before the 2007 season.
Good for Bernie! I sad to see the way the Yankees treated him at the end of the 2006 season, especially after how clutch he was while only playing part-time that season. I would be interested in following the WBC a little more if I knew Bernie was playing.
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