I was just thinking about the NY Yankees not offering lifelong Yankee Bernie Williams, a key member of 4 WS teams, a contract – he won’t accept a minor league deal and he won’t play for any other team. A long time fan favorite will be involuntarily retiring. He supposedly wanted just one more year (well, a whole lot of guys who need to retire want just one more year – it must be the hypercompetitive nature (big word meaning big ego…) Bernie, of course, isn’t going to go in the Hall of Fame, although he sure is in the Hall of Very Good, and he isn’t approaching any major milestones. AND his skills have been declining for a good 3 or 4 years.
Craig Biggio, a little older, a LOT better, and a sure fire HOFer if he had retired last year, also wanted one last year (and I wouldn’t be surprised if NEXT year he wants one last year, too.) Like Bernie, he was an indispensible member of 10 years of winning teams, and like Bernie, his skills have declined over the past few years.
I’m not sure he would have been re-signed if McLane didn’t want so badly for him to get to 3000 hits.
And I’m not sure how it will affect the team if Biggio is still looking for that 70th hit and he’s hitting like he did in the second half of last year. I also am reasonably sure he will stay in the lineup no matter what, until he gets that #3000….