After sending Cameron Maybin on his merry way, the Yankees needed some more good karmic news for their broadcasting team entering 2024.
If the latest reports are eventually finalized, it looks like they'll get it, importing one of the few people who can swap stories with David Cone and Paul O'Neill and somehow come out on top.
According to media reporter Andrew Marchand, YES and Bernie Williams have discussed the Core Five-r joining the Yankees' team this upcoming season. Perhaps making a salient point or biting quip will earn Williams the additional 0.4 bWAR he needs to eclipse 50 for his career.
And while Williams and Carlos Beltran are surprisingly comparable in Hall of Fame discussions, they're not at all comparable on the mic.
Yankees legend Bernie Williams reportedly in talks to join YES Network
Don't expect Williams to cut his teeth on the broadcast right away, but according to Marchand's report, he could eventually work his way into the role (and could help relieve some of David Cone's burden as he works an increasing number of national games):
"Williams could be a candidate to join lead pre-and-postgame host Bob Lorenz and top studio analyst Jack Curry on some nights.- Andrew Marchand
If Williams were to come aboard, YES would likely first try him in studio before deciding to increase his workload."
Williams, a renowned jazz guitarist, four-time World Champion, five-time All-Star, and advocate for IPF awareness (and repeat guest on the Yanks Go Yard Podcast) is decorated enough as it is. For him to be pursuing a media opportunity -- and one that involves remaining embedded with his beloved Yankees -- shows that, despite an extremely busy schedule, he still misses the daily grind of pursuing a championship.
2024 seems poised to be an exciting season in the Bronx, just as Aaron Judge's and Gerrit Cole's World Series windows seemed to be threatening an early close. Williams joining the fray and sharing his unique insight would be the icing on an already delicious cake -- and, we assume, some of Jack Curry's scoop tenacity might rub off on him by proximity alone.