We admit we made a mistake not ranking Bernie Williams
last year. Were we rebelling against a Yankee bias, or was it that we just considered him just not good enough? Regardless, that is the beauty of Baseball is that you can easily reevaluate what you may have missed the first time. Lord knows it happens all the time during the actual balloting process for the Hall of Fame.
Maybe our initial thought was because the Yankees themselves were confused about Bernie Williams too. He had some power, but was not a primary threat in that department. He was fast, but did not steal many bases. For years, New York did not know where to bat him in their lineup. Eventually, they knew what they had; a very consistent hitter who had decent enough pop in his bat to place in the cleanup role. He batted over .300 eight consecutive seasons (including a batting title) and had very respectable slash numbers in that period. He won the Gold Glove four times and his career post season numbers (remember, he was a Yankee so there was a lot) was virtually identical to his regular season tallies.
Williams hit near the ten percent mark on his first year of eligibility which was enough to keep him on the ballot, but not enough to consider him a serious threat for the Hall. Our guess is that the career Yankee will stay on the bottom of the eligible candidates for awhile.
Should Bernie Williams be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 53.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 19.2%