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Bernie Williams to finally sign his retirement papers

Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams throws out the first pitch prior to Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Bernie Williams turns 47 in September. He last played in 2006. He was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2011. He is now, finally, formally retiring:

.@bw51official will formally sign his retirement papers at a press conference on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2015

I guess it’s good that it’s formal. It’ll make his number-retiring ceremony this summer less awkward, maybe, as he’ll be less-inclined to ask if he can play a couple of games in center in order to give Jacoby Ellsbury a blow.

Williams, of course, played 16 seasons with the Yankees and was the team’s starting center fielder during their incredible run of four World Series titles in five seasons from 1996-2000. The man is owed and allowed a ceremony, I figure.