Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Yankee Bernie Williams ponders return to majors

Former Yankees CF Bernie Williams' appearance in the World Baseball Classic has him thinking about a return to the majors.

Williams, 40, played his 16th and final season in 2006 but never formally retired. He went 0-for-5 with two walks for Puerto Rico in the WBC.

"I felt really good about playing," said Williams, who was in New York to tape an interview for the YES Network's CenterStage program. "I am my worst critic and I didn't feel very bad about it. It took me a while to get acclimated. But after a while, I felt very encouraged."

JETER NICKED: Yankees SS Derek Jeter bruised a knuckle on his left pinkie during a collision at first in the first inning of a 6-4 win over the Braves but stayed in the game. The team said Jeter is fine.

Jays: All in context

DUNEDIN — RHP Scott Richmond didn't appear to improve his chances of making the Blue Jays' starting rotation, but manager Cito Gaston cut him some slack because of a 30-mph wind and a shaky defense.

Richmond, in the mix with LHPs Brad Mills and Ricky Romero for the last two rotation spots, gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits in a four-inning, 80-pitch outing as the Tigers won 5-1.

"Overall, he didn't pitch that bad," Gaston said of Richmond.

"I don't think one start's going to ruin me," Richmond said. "I hope one outing's not the decision maker."

Phils: Ryan goes boom

BRADENTON — Ryan Howard hit a tape-measure home run off Pirates RHP Ian Snell in the fourth inning of the Phillies' 10-4 loss.

Snell left a two-strike fastball over the plate to Howard, who hit a shot over the batter's eye in centerfield that was the longest at McKechnie Field this spring.

"It was a loud crack," Snell said. "The wind helped it, but it still went far. It probably hit someone's car. I've never given up one that went that far."

Howard won't have any trouble remembering his eighth homer of the spring.

"I got it up, and it's kind of windy out there," Howard said. "It kept carrying."

the teams

Phillies vs. Red Sox

1:05 today, Bright House Field, Clearwater

Yankees vs. Pirates

1:15 today, George M.

Steinbrenner Field, Tampa

Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets: Call toll-free 1-888-525-5297 or (727) 733-0429 or online at

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Tickets: Call (727) 467-4457 or online at

Yankees: 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Tickets: Call (813) 879-2244 or online at

Former Yankee Bernie Williams ponders return to majors 03/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 28, 2009 9:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
  2. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting


    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  3. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  4. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.