TRENTON, N.J. — Bernie Williams sees similarities between this current Yankees and the championship clubs he played for that won four World Series titles — with one exception.
“Definitely it reminds me a lot of those teams except for the fact that this team right now has a lot more power than we used to have. We’ve got guys now that are capable of hitting 50-plus home runs. I don’t think we had a guy like that back when I was playing,” Williams said before performing the National Anthem at the Eastern League Double-A All-Star Game. “Everybody was spread across the board. [In 1998, Scott] Brosius, our ninth hitter, was the World Series MVP so everything was spread across the board in the lineup not a lot of weak spots. Which is kind of like these guys are except these guys can hit the ball out at will.”
Williams called the current young Yankees “very impressive. I don’t think we had a group of guys that were together coming into the team and making a splash as they have except for the guys that came maybe 20 years before that: Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano [Rivera] and Derek [Jeter].
“This crew is very similar pitching-wise, a nice mix of veterans and young players, but the lineup is just as good as any lineup in the league. Probably both leagues.”
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