It's hard to talk about the Yankees and not mention one of their staples during the 1990s, Bernie Williams, who owned centerfield. But things for Williams started off slow, and in 1995 owner George Steinbrenner (for the second time) considered trading Williams. The Yankees kept him, and luckily for them, Williams had his breakout season. He hit 18 homeruns and led the team in runs, hits, total bases and stolen bases. Bernie continued his hot hitting into the postseason, leading the Yankees with a .429 batting average in the 1995 ALDS against the Seattle Mariners.
After continuing to improve, Bernie showcased his skills to the baseball world again in the postseason. He batted .467 in the ALDS against Texas and played an amazing centerfield.
He picked up where he left off in the ALCS against Baltimore, belting an 11th inning walk-off homer in Game 1. Ending with a .474 ALCS average and two homers, Bernie was named the ALCS MVP. He had just four hits in the 1996 World Series, but his 4 RBI's led the Yanks, and a clutch homer in the eighth inning of Game 3 helped capture the team's first championship since 1978. During the 1998 season, in which the Yankees went 114-48 to set a then-American League regular season record, Williams finished with a .339 average, becoming the first player to win a batting title, Gold Glove and a World Series ring in the same year.