Friday, December 12, 2008

Bernie Williams to Audition for 2009 WBC

Bernie Williams, New York YankeesAccording to ESPN.com, former New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams hopes to play for his native Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Williams, 40, will fly to Puerto Rico next week to play winter ball. If he performs, Williams could join Alex Rios and Carlos Beltran in the outfield. More likely, he’ll be used as a DH, pinch hitter and backup outfielder.

Still a fan favorite, Williams won four Gold Gloves in 16 seasons with the Yankees. He had a .297 lifetime batting average and slugged 287 homers.

Williams hasn’t played since his contract expired after the 2006 season. He has not officially retired and hasn’t ruled out a major league comeback.

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