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Bernie Williams being inducted into Latino Baseball Hall

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This press release is from Major League Baseball.

Five-time All-Star Bernie Williams will be among the six inductees who will be announced when the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame unveils its 2012 inductee class at Major League Baseball’s headquarters in New York City on Thursday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m. (ET). Williams is scheduled to be in attendance, along with Latino Baseball Hall of Famers Felipe Alou, Minnie Minoso and Tony Perez, who will be on hand to participate in the announcement of the new class. Omar Minaya, the former general manager of the New York Mets and Montreal Expos, will serve as the emcee of the press conference.

Six players whose careers impacted baseball after 1959 will represent the newest Latino Baseball Hall of Famers, chosen from a pool of 24 finalists. Williams will represent his native Puerto Rico, while his five fellow inductees will hail from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Panama. Additional selections will include veteran players and baseball executives whose contributions to baseball were made prior to 1959.

Williams, a member of four World Championship teams with the New York Yankees, played 16 years for the Bronx Bombers, from 1991-2006. The switch-hitter posted a .287 career batting average with 287 home runs, 1,257 RBI and 1,366 runs scored. Williams was an American League All-Star each season from 1997-2001 and the center fielder was a four-time Gold Glove winner (1997-2000). The Most Valuable Player of the 1996 American League Championship Series collected 22 home runs, 80 RBI and a .371 on-base percentage in 121 career Postseason games overall. Williams was the 1998 American League batting champion with a .339 average.

The accomplished musician is recording his third album this year and has co-authored a book, published by Hal Leonard Books, titled, Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance. His first album, The Journey Within, was released in 2003 and featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ heritage. His second album, Moving Forward, featured guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Secada.

The 2012 class of Latino Hall of Famers will be officially inducted on February 11, 2012 in a ceremony at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater located in the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Established in 2009, the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame (Salón de la Fama del Béisbol Latino) has hosted two previous induction ceremonies, honoring 38 players and personalities whose achievements have impacted baseball in Latin America. Drawings for the museum of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame have been completed and construction in La Romana is scheduled to start in the near future.

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23 Responses to “Bernie Williams being inducted into Latino Baseball Hall”

  1. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Yay Bernie!! :D

  2. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    It’s too bad that Williams, like Posada won’t get as much backing for the other HOF as they will for this one. Hopefuly, they’ll be just as happy with this one.

  3. blake August 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Kermit the Frog here.

    Just thought Id pass along a lyric.

    ” politics can start a fight…..religion’s hard to know who’s right……and one more topic I wont touch….that’s ones her it hurts too much” – Sammy Kerchaw.

    He also sings “Queen of my doublewide trailer “….a classic.

  4. West Coast Yankee Fan August 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Bernie is the best! Something we can all agree on.

  5. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    blake (aka Kermit) -little disappointed. I thought sure you were going to quote “Bein’ Green” or “Rainbow Connection”

  6. Tarheel In NYC August 29th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I’m so happy for Bernie! I sure do miss him.

    I did have the pleasure of watching him perform his music live in Madison Square Park in the Delta Dugout festivities during the Subway Series earlier this summer. He is REALLY good! Talk about a Renaissance Man :)

  7. luis August 29th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    luis August 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    ID,

    Point taken, i was trying to defuse the situation, i hope you don`t hold any grudges, besides i agree that modern stats are very useful, but they are flawed, because we are talking about human beings, so other factors have to be added to the mix. As an example we can use Nova, he was proyected to be a back of the rotation pitcher, but he has shown the moxie and ability to learn and adapt to become a much better player than stats proyected him to be…..

  8. Tarheel In NYC August 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    blake August 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    “Kermit the Frog here.”

    ========================================================

    When I read this, I totally heard Kermit’s voice in my head.

  9. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    blake (aka Kermit) -little disappointed. I thought sure you were going to quote “Bein’ Green”

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Kermit’s Irish? Kermit The O’Frog. Who knew?

  10. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    LoHudYankees Jeter, Rodriguez and Teixeira are not listed in the Yankees hitting groups today. No lineup yet. No clue why Tex would be out.

    My brother is going to be at the game tonight-so this means I should be expecting a panicked phone call if the only regular infielder he’ll be seeing is Robbie.

  11. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    DRob30 Yesterdays 3 strikeouts means $300 more to http://www.highsocksforhope.com!!!

  12. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Kermit?s Irish? Kermit The O?Frog. Who knew?

    *****************************

    :D

  13. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    The GCL Yankees have a 1-0 lead in the best of 3 Championship Series after a 12-3 win today.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....k_mrlrok_1

  14. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    KayShowESPN @russellmartin55 will join us @ 4pm from Baltimore on ESPN NY 1050, ESPNNY.com , XM 210 & SIRIUS 93 talking about his hot bat & the rotation

  15. blake August 29th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Erin,

    “Bein green ” is on the playlist ;)

  16. LGY August 29th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Bernie or Grandyman?

  17. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    blake- good. Everybody can learn valuable lessons from “Bein’ Green”. :)

  18. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Girardi is handling Posada correctly. sit him for 4 games and get him and his bat hot. Set him again and by the end of the season, he’ll be at .300 with 30 homers and 100 RBI.

  19. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Appears Noesi is the move. #nyy

  20. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    blake- good. Everybody can learn valuable lessons from “Bein’ Green”.

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    Unless it’s green mold

  21. Erin August 29th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    New Post: No Jeter or A-Rod in lineup

    :arrow:

  22. blake August 29th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Bernie had a better career so far than Granderson has….his 30 year old season was pretty darn good also.

    .342/.435/.536/.971

    We have to see how the “new Granderson” does in the coming years….but to.this.point advantage Bernie.

  23. DominicanYank August 29th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Congrats Bernie! Well deserved! He was one of the classiest players the classiest of franchises has ever seen…

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