36. Bernie Williams

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36. Bernie Williams
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 8, 1948 in Alameda, CA USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 07, 1970
  • Final Game: May 12, 1974
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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! - 55.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 19.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2011
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: New York Yankees
  • Major Accolades and Awards: ALCS MVP (1) (1996)
    5 Time All Star (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001)
    Silver Slugger (1) (AL) (2002)
    Gold Glove (4) (AL) (1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000)
    Highest Batting Average (1) (AL) (1998)
    Most Intentional Walks (1) (AL) (1999)
    World Series Rings (4) (New York Yankees 1996, 1998, 1999 & 2000)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1998, 7th) & (AL: 2002, 10th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Batted In)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Power-Speed)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Defensive WAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 93.   Walks: 1,069
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2011: 9.6
    2012: 3.3
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

Should Bernie Williams be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 55.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 19.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.9%

Comments   

+1 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-21 00:00
Quoting John Smith:
A nice guy. I live in Puerto Rico and I know that many people here would be happy if he were elected. Nevertheless it is obvious to me that he is another player who belongs in the Hall of the Very Good. He played in an era of inflated offense, had he played for San Diego he wouldn't even be in consideration.

Nicely put, and I agree: Without the rings, Williams would not have made it to his second ballot. He'd be a Steve Finley.
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+2 #1 John Smith 2015-04-30 03:41
A nice guy. I live in Puerto Rico and I know that many people here would be happy if he were elected. Nevertheless it is obvious to me that he is another player who belongs in the Hall of the Very Good. He played in an era of inflated offense, had he played for San Diego he wouldn't even be in consideratio n.
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