Posted by Chris J. on January 27, 2008
Brian Cashman started trash talking about Bernie Williams the other day, leading to this thread at BTF. In post #22 Lance Linden says "For my money, Williams was the Yankees' best outfielder since Mantle." Is that true? Well, looking at the PI . . .
Clearly, he crushes everyone in terms of quantity. Only 4 had half as many games as him (Piniella juuust misses 50% as many games). He leads in every notable counting stat except SB, where he's 3rd.
Looking at the guys with 500+ games (Williams is over 2000), he's middle-of-the-pack at OPS+. The only guy noticably higher than him with much playing time is Dave Winfield though.
That's career. How 'bout single-season? Well, he's not as good. Going by OPS+, he only has 1 of the top 11 seasons (though 6 of the top 20). Then again, Dave Winfield only has 2 of the top 11 and 3 of the top 20.
So, yeah, I guess he is the best OFr for the Yanks since Mantle.