Bernie Williams made an appearance at a charity dinner in New Rochelle last night.
Nothing has changed since he spoke earlier in the week. A few people asked about his playing first base, which is not going to happen with the Yankees.
Bernie admitted he hasn’t spoken to his own agent, Scott Boras, in weeks. That would seem to be a sign.
There seems to be a possibility that the Yankees could invite him to spring training on a minor-league deal and see what happens. The Yankees don’t owe Bernie anything – they’ve paid him well over the years – but that doesn’t seem unreasonable.
The best solution, however, would be a clean break before spring training. Nobody plays for forever, that’s just how it is.
Meanwhile, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had two interesting quotes in his notes column today:
Bud Selig on the posting system for Japanese players: “We’re going to address that soon. I don’t know exactly when, but we need to discuss it to see how we can make the system better for everyone.”
Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino on the Yankees going to China: “As a member of MLB’s International Committee, I can tell you that all of MLB is focused on China. The Yankees are not alone, and will not be alone, as they pursue development there. The Red Sox have a foreign policy as well, and Asia, including China, is a key part of that policy. We will work, hand and glove, with MLB and the Chinese government to grow baseball there. We look forward to the baseball competition in Beijing in the 2008 Olympics.”
Great, so now the Yankees and Sox will be fighting in China, too. The Chinese think holding back democracy is difficult …