John Bernhardt

MMO Minor League Analyst John Bernhardt is a retired public school teacher and administrator, who still coaches high school baseball. Growing up in a Yankees household, Bernhardt was an ardent Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra fan. When the Yankees fired Yogi in his first season as the Bomber manager, curiosity turned to passion when the Mets signed Berra as a player/coach and he has pulled for the Mets ever since. In retirement, John writes the sports for a local weekly, The Catskill Mountain News and hosts Tip-Off, a Friday morning sports hour, from 8:00-9:00 on WIOX, 91.3 F.M.

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The Cesar Puello Dilemma

An article by posted on March 14, 2015 0 Comments
The Cesar Puello Dilemma

Left-handed pitching out of the bullpen, the Wilmer Flores bid to man the shortstop position, the return of Matt Harvey and when will there be room to accommodate Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz; these are the story lines out of Port St. Lucie this spring. I’d like to add the Cesar Puello dilemma to that […]

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It’s Time For All Fans To Embrace Shortstop Wilmer Flores

An article by posted on February 22, 2015 0 Comments
It’s Time For All Fans To Embrace Shortstop Wilmer Flores

In a recent Newsday report, Mark Carig applauded Wilmer Flores’ work ethic claiming the 23-year old infielder has only allowed himself two weeks away from baseball this offseason. As he prepares to take the reins as the Mets’ everyday shortstop in 2015, Flores has done all that he could to prove the doubters wrong. A […]

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Mets Prospects Well Represented In MLB’s Top 20

An article by posted on January 27, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Prospects Well Represented In MLB’s Top 20

Four of the Top 20 National League prospects ranked in the 2015 Major League Baseball Yearbook are Mets. The Amazins are the only NL club with four prospects to make the Top 20 list.  Both the Cubs and the Diamondbacks had three selections each.  Boston and Minnesota matched the Mets with four prospects for each franchise […]

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Rockies Shopping Charlie Blackmon

An article by posted on January 19, 2015 0 Comments
Rockies Shopping Charlie Blackmon

It’s that time of year.  As January rolls towards it’s conclusion and the spring training itch becomes an irritant, I rifle through baseball stats and begin my research for the fantasy baseball draft.  That process always unearths some surprises. I play in a 15 team keepers league. Overall production, not positional balance has always been […]

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Does Kevin Long Plan To Adapt Mets Hitting Philosophy?

An article by posted on January 13, 2015 0 Comments
Does Kevin Long Plan To Adapt Mets Hitting Philosophy?

In perusing old magazines ferreting unusual sports stories that might be topics on my Tip-Off sports radio show, I found an interesting quote from the New York Mets’ recently hired hitting coach, Kevin Long. Mind you now, Long had yet to be released by the Yankees and hired by the Mets when he made his […]

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Assessing Mets Second Lefty Reliever Candidates

An article by posted on January 8, 2015 0 Comments
Assessing Mets Second Lefty Reliever Candidates

Scott Rice, Darin Gorski, Sean Gilmartin, Dario Alvarez or Jack Leathersich?  Who will emerge this spring as the Mets second left-handed pitching option out of the bullpen to assist Josh Edgin?  Make your pick. Only one pitcher, Scott Rice, has any major league experience to speak off.  A feel good story, after 14 years of […]

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Who Is LHP Sean Gilmartin?

An article by posted on December 22, 2014 0 Comments
Who Is LHP Sean Gilmartin?

Anticipating the Rule 5 Draft can be like looking ahead to a trip to the dentist for an enthusiast of minor league baseball.  Inevitably, players you have watched perform their trade, and, perhaps, even gotten to know a little when attending games at venues like Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium are on the block, possibly lost to […]

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Send Us Your Mets Themed Holiday Favorites!

An article by posted on December 13, 2014 0 Comments
Send Us Your Mets Themed Holiday Favorites!

MetsMerized and WIOX radio are teaming up again to present their second annual Mets Themed Christmas Tip-Off radio show.  Every holiday season, Tip-Off radio hosts John Bernhardt and Randy VanKeuren dedicate the lion’s share of their last radio show before Christmas to Mets themed holiday carols.  MetsMerized readers write these Mets themed carols that they […]

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A Championship Season: Looking Back

An article by posted on December 2, 2014 0 Comments
A Championship Season: Looking Back

Any discussion about the Binghamton Mets 2014 Eastern League Championship should start with B-Met manager Pedro Lopez. After setting a franchise record for regular season wins and taking the Eastern League’s regular season championship then falling in the first round of the championship playoffs in 2013, Lopez got a taste of championship baseball and was […]

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Hansel Robles Shined In Relief, Mets Took Notice

An article by posted on November 23, 2014 0 Comments
Hansel Robles Shined In Relief, Mets Took Notice

On Thursday, the New York Mets added RHP Hansel Robles to the 40-Man Roster so that he would be protected from the Rule 5 Draft in December. Since then, we’ve had quite a few readers ask us about him in the comment threads and via email. Here’s something our Binghamton beat writer, John Bernhardt, wrote […]

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