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Saturday, March 28, 2009
WBC inspires Williams to mull return

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Former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams has been concentrating on his music career for the last two years. But his appearance with Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic has Williams thinking about a return to the majors.

Williams told reporters on Friday that his stint in the WBC has rekindled his interest in playing baseball. He never formally retired after playing 16 seasons with the Yankees.

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"I felt really good about playing," Williams said. "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."

"I can still play," said Williams, 40, who was in New York to tape an interview for the YES Network's "CenterStage" program. He went 0-for-5 with two walks during the WBC.

Williams has yet to ask his agent to contact any big-league teams and would not say if he'd play for a team other than the Yankees. But he did say he's not interested in playing for an independent league team or working his way back through the minors.

"At this point, I don't want to be the guy that tries to come back and goes to the independent leagues or the minor leagues for a couple [of] weeks," Williams said. "I would certainly welcome the opportunity to play in the big leagues at some point, even though the window is very short right now."

His second album, "Moving Forward," is scheduled to be released April 14th.