The New York Yankees have had many successful teams throughout the history of the MLB. There have been a plethora of good players that have worn those pinstripes in New York.
One player who had success with the Yankees during his career was Bernie Williams. Williams won multiple World Series titles with the Yankees. After he retired from the league, he pursued music and made multiple jazz albums.
Bernie Williams career in the MLB
Williams spent his entire career playing for the Yankees. A native of Puerto Rico, Williams signed with the Yankees at the age of 17. During the 1991 MLB season, Williams made his big league debut. During that season, he played in 85 games and hit .238 with 34 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Over the next few seasons, the centerfielder started to see more production in his game.
During the 1995 season, he batted over .300 for the first time in his career. The next season the Yankees would win the World Series, and Williams would get his first World Series title, and it would not be his last. Williams would make five straight all-star teams and win four consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1997 to 2001. During those years, the Yankees won three consecutive titles from 1998 to 2000.
The Yankees were on top of the baseball world during those years, and they had a lot of talented players. Williams was the leader in the outfield for that Yankees team. Playing centerfield, you have to know how to take the right routes to balls hit in the gaps, and that’s something he knew how to do, and he did it well. If the ball was hit and it wasn’t a home run, Williams had a good chance of catching it.
Bernie Williams final years in New York
As Williams was nearing the end of his career, he continued to play at a high-level. He went on to win a Silver Slugger award in 2002 at the age of 33. That season he batted .333 with 19 home runs and 102 RBIs. Williams played until he was 37. In his final season, he played in 131 games and finished with a .281 batting average.
Williams signed with the Yankees as a teenager and finished his career with the same team that gave him an opportunity. He finished his career with a .297 batting average with 2,336 hits, 287 home runs, and 1,257 RBIs. Williams was the ALCS MVP in 1996 and was the AL batting champion in 1998. The Yankees retired Williams No.51 jersey after his career was over. Williams played his hardest and left it all on the field every season.
Bernie Williams pursued a music career after he retired
Now that Williams was done with baseball, he decided to focus on music. He enjoyed playing the guitar, and he ended up graduating from the Manhattan School of Music. Before he graduated from music school, he released a few albums.
In 2003, he released an album titled ‘The Journey Within,’ which reached No. 3 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Williams released his second album ‘Moving Forward’ in 2009, and that album debuted as Billboard’s No. 2 contemporary jazz album and was nominated for a Latin Grammy. So, Williams not only had success in baseball, but he had success in music too.