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Bernie Williams

Free Agent — No. 51
Center field
Born: September 13, 1968 (1968-09-13) (age 38)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
July 7, 1991 for the New York Yankees
Selected MLB statistics
(through 2006 season)
Batting average     .297
Home runs     287
RBI's     1257
Doubles     449

Bernabé "Bernie" Williams Figueroa (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x838, 417 KB) Summary Bernie Williams at the plate, September 13, 2005. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The term doubles as used in sports like tennis and badminton refers to games with two players on each side. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of San Juan within the island of Puerto Rico Coordinates: Country United States Territory Puerto Rico Founded 1508/1521 Area  - City 76. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ...


A switch hitter, Williams has played his entire career (1991-2006) with the New York Yankees. In baseball, a switch hitter (or switch-hitter) is a batter who is able to hit from both the right and left sides of the plate. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


As of December 2006, he is 9th of all active players lifetime in doubles (449), and 10th in runs scored (1,366), singles (1,545), and times on base (3,444). He is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and runs batted in (80). He trails only Lou Gehrig's 534 for lifetime doubles as a Yankee. This article is about the baseball concept. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the first half of the twentieth century. ...


Williams is currently a free agent.[1]

Contents

Early life and career

As a young man growing up in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, the athletic Bernie developed strong interests in baseball and classical guitar. He was also active in track and field, winning four gold medals at an international meet at the age of 15. He was one of the world's best 400-meter runners for his age. Image:Vega Alta seal. ... Baseball on the professional, amateur, and youth levels is popular in North America, Central America, parts of South America, parts of the Caribbean, and East Asia. ... A classical guitar, also called a Spanish guitar, is a musical instrument from the family of musical instruments called chordophones. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ...


On his 17th birthday, September 13, 1985, he signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees organization. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


Playing for the Yankees' Double-A team in Albany, he continued to develop his athletic skills — particularly in the coveted area of switch hitting. Although viewed as a great prospect by Yankee management, his rise to the majors was delayed by the solid outfield that the team had developed in the early 1990s. Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates: , Country United States State New York County Albany Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 Government  - Mayor Gerald D. Jennings (D) Area  - City  21. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Nevertheless, he managed to break into the majors in 1991 to replace the injured Roberto Kelly for the second half of that season. He batted .238 in some 300 at bats. He was demoted to the minors until Danny Tartabull was injured, and Williams earned his stay at center by putting up solid numbers. Roberto Conrado (Gray) Kelly (born October 1, 1964 in Panama City, Panama) is a former Outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... Danilo Tartabull Mora (born October 30, 1962 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Seattle Mariners (1984-86), Kansas City Royals (1987-91), New York Yankees (1992-95), Oakland Athletics (1995), Chicago White Sox (1996) and Philadelphia Phillies (1997). ...


Baseball career

Williams had become the regular Yankees center fielder by 1993. Buck Showalter helped keep him with the Yankees through 1995, when George Steinbrenner sought to trade him. Steinbrenner was frustrated by the team's difficulty in placing him in any of the traditional baseball player molds. He had good speed, but rarely stole bases. In center, he was highly capable at tracking down fly balls and line drives, but had a weak throwing arm. He was a consistent hitter, but lacked home run power. Throughout the early 1990s he hit in the middle of the order as management tried to figure out where he fit in. William Nathaniel Buck Showalter (born May 23, 1956 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida) is an American former professional baseball player and the current manager of the Texas Rangers. ... George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as The Boss, is an American businessman and the principal owner of Major League Baseballs New York Yankees. ...


1995 was a breakout season for Williams. He hit 18 home runs and led the team in runs, hits, total bases and stolen bases. Bernie continued his hot hitting into the postseason, leading the Yankees with a .429 batting average in the ALDS against Seattle. In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None...


After continuing to improve in 1996, Bernie again showcased his skills to the baseball world in the postseason. He batted .467 in the ALDS against Texas and played a sparkling center field. He picked up where he left off in the ALCS against Baltimore, belting an 11th-inning walk-off homer in Game 1. Ending with a .474 ALCS average and two homers, Bernie was named the ALCS MVP. Bernie collected just four hits in the 1996 World Series but his 4 RBI led the Yankees and a clutch homer in the 8th inning of Game 3 got the Yankees their first of four consecutive wins to capture the team's first championship since 1978. In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... The 1996 World Series matched the defending champion Atlanta Braves against the New York Yankees, with the Yankees winning in six games to capture their first championship since 1978, and their 23rd overall. ...


During the 1998 season, in which the Yankees went 114-48 to set an American League record, Williams finished with a .339 average, becoming the first player to win a batting title, Gold Glove award, and World Series ring in the same year.


After that season, Williams inked a 7-year, $85-million contract with the Yankees, one of the largest in baseball at the time. The Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks were the main contenders for Bernie's services. For the length of the contract, the Yankees made the playoffs every single year, and as a result Bernie continued to add to his postseason statistics, placing in the top 10 of various career postseason categories. He also climbed the Yankee record books, placing him in the elite company of former Yankee greats. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ...


The last year covered by his contract, 2005, proved to be a difficult one. He started 99 games in center field and 22 games as designated hitter, but his already weak arm was highlighted as his fielding and batting abilities considerably weakened. He had a career-worst .321 OBP and batting average on balls in play (.274). As expected, the Yankees announced on August 2, 2005, that they would not pick up the $15 million option on Williams' contract for the 2006 season, opting to pay a $3.5 million buyout instead. In December Williams was offered arbitration by team general manager Brian Cashman to allow an additional month for negotiation. On December 22, the Yankees re-signed Williams to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract. is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Brian Cashman is the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the New York Yankees. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, Williams saw a good amount of playing time in the corner outfield spots with both Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield out with wrist injuries, and did spot duty in center field on days when starting center fielder Johnny Damon was given time off to rest, playing more than was expected when he signed his 1-year extension with the Yankees in 2006. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Hideki Godzilla Matsui , born June 12, 1974) is a Japanese Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the New York Yankees. ... For the military historian, see: Gary Sheffield (historian) Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter and outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Williams was one of the Puerto Rican players to agree to play for Puerto Rico in the 2006 MLB World Baseball Classic, joining Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltrán, Mike Lowell, Javier Vázquez, and José Vidro amongst others representing the US Territory Island Nation in a team managed by St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ... Carlos Juan Delgado Hernández (born June 25, 1972 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the New York Mets. ... For the article on the Mexican progressive rock musician, see Carlos Beltrán (musician) Carlos Ivan Beltrán (pronounced: bel-trahn) was born April 24, 1977 in Manatí, Puerto Rico. ... Michael Averett Lowell (born February 24, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican Major League Baseball third baseman of Cuban descent and also a cancer survivor. ... Javier Carlos Vázquez (born July 25, 1976 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a right-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2005. ... José Vidro (born August 27, 1974 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball player who is currently the designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Jose Oquendo is the third base coach for the St. ...


On July 26, 2006, Williams got his 2,300th career hit, becoming the 11th active player in the Majors with 2,300 or more career hits. Bernie continued to climb the NY Yankees record books by hitting his 443rd career double on August 16, 2006. This surpasses his bench coach Don Mattingly for 2nd-most as a Yankee. For the year, he walked only 7.3% of the time, a career-worst. is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) is a retired first baseman who played for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. ...


Williams' contract expired at the end of the the 2006 season. He was hoping to return to the Yankees in 2007, and was willing to accept a role as a back-up outfielder and pinch hitter. The Yankees, however, were short on roster space. Their plan was to make Jason Giambi a full-time DH and use a platoon at first base with two better fielding first basemen. With Melky Cabrera earning the job as the primary backup outfileder, the Yankees did not feel the need to carry another one. The Yankees did offer Williams an invite to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, giving him a chance to fight for a job. Williams, however, wanted a guaranteed roster spot and told several New York area newspapers in February 2007 that he would decline a non-roster invitation to the Yankees 2007 Spring Training. [2] When Spring Training began, Williams was not present, and many speculated that his career with the Yankees was over. On February 21, 2007, it was reported that his agent, Scott Boras, said that Williams rejected the non-roster invitation.[3] Boras has insisted that his client is not retired and would return to play this year, but only for the Yankees. Williams called Torre before the season opener to wish him and the team good luck for the upcoming season. Speculation regarding a return to pinstripes has died down as the season has progressed. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A non-roster invitee in baseball is a player invited to play in spring training without a guaranteed roster spot. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Career highlights

  • Made his major league debut on July 7, 1991
  • 5-time All-Star (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
  • 1996 ALCS MVP
  • 4-time Gold Glove Winner (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • 1998 AL Batting Champion (.339 avg)
  • 4-time World Series Champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • In 1999 led American League in IBB (intentional walks) with 17
  • Switch-hit home runs by teammates, one game Jorge Posada & Bernie Williams @ Toronto on April 23, 2000
  • First and only player in MLB history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a postseason game- And he had done it twice (1995 ALDS and 1996 ALDS)

Yankee team records

  • Second on the all-time doubles list for a Yankee, behind Lou Gehrig.
  • Second on the all-time singles list for a Yankee, behind Derek Jeter.
  • Third on the all-time at bats list for a Yankee, behind Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle.
  • Fifth on the all-time runs list for a Yankee, behind Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.
  • Most hits by a switch-hitter in a single season - 204 (2002)

In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a single is the most common type of base hit, accomplished through the act of a batter safely reaching first base by striking the ball and getting to first before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... Bengie Molina of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ...

Music career

In addition to his accolades on the baseball field, Bernie is also a critically-acclaimed musician. He was forced to choose between music and baseball. Growing up, Bernie wanted to be a professional musician. A classically trained guitarist, playing and composing music is Bernie’s first true passion with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds.


His major label debut, The Journey Within, was released in 2003. In addition to playing lead and rhythm guitar, Williams composed seven songs for the album. Tracks like “La Salsa En Mi” and “Desvelado” mix Bernie’s love of jazz with the sophisticated Latin rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage. The first single was a remix of his “Just Because”, featuring David Benoit. Other highlights include Williams’ heartfelt tribute to his father, “Para Don Berna”, a reworking of the Baden Powell song, “Samba Novo”, and “La Salsa En Mi”, featuring background vocals from 2003 Grammy Winner Ruben Blades and salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa. Also joining Williams is an all-star ensemble of musicians including multiple Grammy-winning banjo player Bela Fleck, keyboardist David Sancious, percussionist Luis Conte, bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Tim Pierce, and drummers Kenny Aronoff and Shawn Pelton, among others. David Benoit, (born May 9, 1953) is an American jazz fusion / contemporary jazz pianist, composer and producer, who is from Los Angeles, California. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Rubén Blades (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, actor and politician. ... Giberto Santa Rosa a. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Béla Fleck (born July 10, 1958 in New York City, New York) is an American banjo player. ... David Sancious (born November 30, 1953 in Asbury Park, New Jersey) is an American musician. ... Leland Bruce Sklar (born May 28, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American bass player, singer and composer. ... Kenny Aronoff (born March 7, 1953) is an American drummer who is a noted session musician and has played with a wide array of rock bands. ...


He played in the clubhouse with retired Yankee outfielder Paul O'Neill, who plays the drums. For other persons named Paul ONeill, see Paul ONeill (disambiguation). ...


Personal life

Bernathen married Waleska on February 23, 1990. They have 3 children; Bernie Jr., Beatrice, and Bianca. One song on Bernie's CD is named after Bernie Jr.


Career statistics

Bernie Williams (Updated as of October 2, 2006)
Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG%
Career 2076 7869 1366 2336 449 55 286 1257 147 .297 .381 .477

As of 2006, he holds career postseason records for games (121), doubles (29), home runs (22), runs batted in (80) and extra base hits (51). [1]


See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in doubles. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 250 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the highest batting average in a particular season. ...

References

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/features/freeagents
  2. ^ http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BBA_YANKEES_WILLIAMS?SITE=GAROM&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-02-10-00-24-16
  3. ^ http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070221&content_id=1809854&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

External links

Preceded by
Orel Hershiser
American League Championship Series MVP
1996
Succeeded by
Marquis Grissom
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Tim Salmon
American League Player of the Month
August 1997
Succeeded by
Juan González
Preceded by
Iván Rodríguez
American League Player of the Month
May 1998
Succeeded by
Rafael Palmeiro
Preceded by
Frank Thomas
American League Batting Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Nomar Garciaparra

 
 

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