Quote: Bernie Williams on the Hall of Fame Ballot

It has been five years since Bernie Williams retired stopped playing baseball which means he is now included on the Hall of Fame ballot. Personally I’d like to see him be included in the Cooperstown, but I think his numbers will fall just short of inclusion.

Here is a statement from Bernie via the NY Post:

“To know your name is on the Hall of Fame ballot means you were blessed to have a long and successful career. The voting is something I have no control over,” Williams said in a statement. “I am very proud to have played my entire 16 year career for the New York Yankees, the best organization in baseball, and honored to have been part of so many amazing postseasons and four world championship teams”

Bernie finished his 16 year career with a .297 batting average, a .858 OPS, 287 home runs, 2336 hits, five All-Star game appearances, four Gold Glove awards, and one Silver Slugger. He won the 1998 batting title with a .339 average. He also won four World Series titles and the 1996 ALCS MVP.

Bernie also ranks high on a number of Yankees all-time lists including 2nd in doubles, 4th in walks, 5th in hits, 5th in extra-base hits, and 6th in home runs and RBI’s.

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9 Responses to Quote: Bernie Williams on the Hall of Fame Ballot

  1. John says:

    Bernie is the only guy in history to win a batting title gold glove and world series in the same year. I found that very interesting for all the guys in history.
    I agree that his numbers fall short alittle. I would love to see him in but the writers wont do it.
    It makes the 96-00 dynasty all the more amazing when you consider we beat the braves and their trio of hall of fame starters, a HOF 3rd baseman and maybe Mcgriff. And we won two other titles with only 2 lockdown HOFers. Jeter and Rivera.
    Bernie,Tino, O'neill,Wells, Pettite and Posada are all in the Hall of the Very damn good. But I dont see them getting in.
    I have had the Posada argument with people and Im shouted down, I think he should be in.

  2. John says:

    The other one I get heated about is Mr. Cone. I hear people tell me Curt Schilling belongs in and not Cone. thats unreal to me.
    Cone-194-126 3.46 era WON a CY young award and finished top 6 5 times. Playoffs 8-3 3.80 % titles. got 3.9% and dropped
    Schilling- 216-146 3.46 Era No Cy young award 4 top 6 finishes. Playoffs 11-2 2.23 era 3titles.
    Maybe its my HATRED of what a jerk Schilling is but if he is a shoe in why not Cone?
    Anyway the fact that the 96-00 Yankees that won 4 titles will have 2 HOFers and other teams that won less have more shows what great TEAMS they really were.
    Thanks sorry I rambled on everybody have a great weekend

    • Susan says:

      Maybe none of those guys get in the Hall of Fame but they all have something more important, a fist full of rings.

  3. Bronx_Knight says:

    I love Bernie — he is my all-time favorite Yankee — but I think he falls just short. I think if he had played two more seasons, say mostly platooning from the right side of the plate, he would have cleared 2,500 hits. The HOF voters like round numbers and I think he would have made it.

    Bernie paid the price for being a true Yankee — after his last season for the Yankees, the resurgent Phillies reportedly offered him $6M for a one-year deal. Bernie refused to play for anyone but the Yanks and turned it down.

    Had he continued to play, things might be different. As it is, he falls short … UNLESS the HOF voters take into account that Bernie's numbers were earned during the steroids era, he was competing against, and hitting against, guys who were juiced, and he himself has never been suspected of juicing.

    MAYBE when the whole steroids era is sorted out, a veterans' committee with some perspective will vote him in 35 years from now. Sad as it is for me, not now.

  4. David K. says:

    If you believe the HOF is just for big numbers, then Bernie falls short. If you believe the HOF is for great players and winners, then Bernie is in. I think Michael Kay described it perfectly once. He said Bernie was the greatest non-instinctive player he ever saw. He didn't have great baseball instincts because he started playing baseball relatively late, but he was a great player nonetheless. I would add here that he was the best clutch hitter that I have seen, and I have been a fan since 1981. Bernie was better under pressure in playoff situations, which is a very rare quality. I think he is a Hall of Famer. Believe it or not, I would take him over Ken Griffey, Jr. over that stretch of time where they were at their best. Without Bernie and with Griffey Jr., would the Yankees have won those four World Series? Probably not, maybe 2, at most 3.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      David, I have to say that if you think Bernie was better than Junior you must be on drugs. Take Bernie off those teams and put Griffey in, with that short right field porch, and they win 6 WS instead of 4. Griffey was one of the 20 best players of all time. Bernie isn't even one of the top 20 Yankees, and never finished in the top 5 in MVP voting. And clutch? His WS numbers were crap. What he was, was a very good player for a long time who can play center for me anytime. But no way a HOFer. and I'm a lifetime Yankee fan.

  5. Tom T says:

    Bernie was so reliable for so long on so many great Yankee teams. The fact that he could turn around and hit from both sides made him very special. He had a great career. If we are saying that Jeter and Rivera are Hall of Famers, and they are – where does that leave Bernie? The Yankees dynasty from 1996 through 2001 was amazing and we may never witness anything like it again in our lifetime. They were simply the best team hands down and I feel that Bernie was the overall best player on the best team. The only thing he could not do was throw. There is no debate on that but he did everything else. Power,average,speed and fielding – he did it all. He scored over 100 runs every year for those 6 years, averaged 105 runs batted in, averaged 26 Homers, averaged 32 doubles and 80 walks per season during that amazing stretch. Batting title in 1998 at .339 on what many consider the greatest team of all time.

  6. Tom T says:

    His postseason accomplishments are tremendous and all this without steroids. He exemplifies class in every way. He should go in without a doubt. He would enhance the Hall of Fame. In 1996 he led the team in Homers, runs scored, triples, steals and OPS. In 1998 he led the team in OPS,SLG,OBP and AVG., in 1999 he led the team in Runs Batted In and Walks and in 2000 he led the team in Homers, Runs Batted In, Triples,Doubles,SLG and OPS – unbelievable!!