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Was This It for Williams as a Yankee?

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS | WORLD SERIES REPORT / NOTES

October 22, 1998|BILL PLASCHKE

Bernie Williams had a perfect opportunity Wednesday to quiet the fears of Yankee fans by announcing that, all things being equal, he wanted to remain a Yankee.

He did not. In fact, he only heightened those fears by saying that after he becomes a free agent this winter, the Yankees have only the same chance as anybody else of signing him.

"Their chances are as good as any other team's," Williams said before going 0 for 4 in the 3-0 victory. "I have a lot of good memories, and will those weigh in my decision? Yes. But there's also been a lot of things that have gone on between the parties."

Some of those things have been messy arbitration hearings.

Another thing occurred when the Yankees' first offer to Williams--about $37 million for five years--didn't come close to agent Scott Boras' demand of about $77 million for seven years.

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