Bernie Williams

Bernabe " Bernie " Figueroa Williams (born 13 September 1968, San Juan ) is a former Puerto Rican baseball player in Major League Baseball.


Bernie Williams was in his youth a great interest in baseball, classical guitar and athletics. At the age of 15 he won at an international athletics meeting four gold medals, he was considered one of the best 400m runners in his age group. But he opted for a career as a professional baseball and signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees at the age of 17 years in 1985. The outfielder made ​​his debut in the Major Leagues on July 7, 1991, when he had to replace the injured Roberto Kelly. Until the injury to Danny Williams Tartabull commuted between major and minor leagues before he took over the master position in center field.

His performances in the next two years has been satisfactory, but not spectacular. To beat especially at the power homers he lacked. With its power increase from 1995, the Yankees were again at an annual title contender. 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, Williams won with his team the World Series. 1998 Williams was the first player in the Major Leagues who could win the title of best batsman, a Gold Glove and a World Series title in the same year. After this season, he signed with the Yankees a seven -year contract, which earned him $ 85 million.

In the last race of this contract year 2005 Williams had difficulties that were apparent, especially in the defensive play. Due to these weaknesses, it was not surprising that the team an option to extend the contract with a salary of $ 15 million was not aware of. However, agreement was reached on 22 December 2005 on a new one-year contract for $ 1.5 million.

In March 2006, Bernie Williams stood in the squad of Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classics. After the 2006 season, his contract ran out at the Yankees, he played his last game on October 1, 2006. 2007 he again tried to stay with the Yankees, but have not been reinstated in the team.

His positions as a player