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03/28/09 6:52 AM ET

Bernie wants to return to big leagues

Classic renews interest in comeback for former Yankees All-Star

Despite his success as an accomplished recording musician, former Yankees star Bernie Williams would love to give baseball another try.

Williams, who spent 16 seasons with the Yankees from 1991-2006, told reporters prior to a Friday taping of the show "CenterStage" on the YES Network that his participation in the World Baseball Classic with Puerto Rico renewed his interest in returning to the big leagues.

"I felt really good about playing," Williams said. "I am my worst critic and I didn't feel very bad about it. It took me a while to get acclimated. But after a while, I felt very encouraged.

"I can still play," added Williams, who was 0-for-5 with two walks in four games with Puerto Rico.

Williams, 40, has not asked his agent to contact any Major League teams. He would not reveal if he'd be willing to play with any club other than the Yankees.

"I will not go into that right now," Williams said.

Williams said he has no interest in joining an independent league or working his way back with a stint in the Minor Leagues.

"At this point, I don't want to be the guy that tries to come back and goes to the independent leagues or the Minor Leagues for a couple [of] weeks," Williams said. "I would certainly welcome the opportunity to play in the big leagues at some point, even thought the window is very short right now.

"Baseball will always be in the picture," Williams said. "But it's not up to me."

The guitarist Williams was on "CenterStage" to promote his second album, "Moving Forward," which will be released April 14. His appearance on the show, which will include a performance by Williams and his band, will premiere April 8.

"I'm really content with what I'm doing right now," said Williams. "I've got the option to do whatever, and do it on my own terms."

Ed Eagle is a reporter and editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.