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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Great First Impressions on Brandon Nimmo

An article by posted on July 8, 2014 0 Comments
Great First Impressions on Brandon Nimmo

He’s one of the most talked about Met prospects, a subject of heated debate ever since he was selected with the Mets’ top pick in 2011. After getting my first extended live look at Brandon Nimmo during Saturday’s doubleheader at Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium, I think most Met fans are going to be impressed and pulling hard for […]

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Sell, Sandy, Sell

An article by posted on July 8, 2014 0 Comments
Sell, Sandy, Sell

The current standings for the Mets comes as no real surprise. I predicted on the air the Mets would win 78 games this season while losing 84, a modest improvement over recent years. In doing so, I also admitted I might be caught up in preseason hype because a serious analysis of the roster left […]

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Matz Delivers Another Strong Performance

An article by posted on July 7, 2014 0 Comments
Matz Delivers Another Strong Performance

Sometimes it’s not just the win or the loss that’s the best indicator of a starting pitcher’s effectiveness and overall pitching performance. That was the case Saturday in Binghamton where the Mets’ highly touted left-handed prospect Steven Matz dropped a 2-0 decision against the Erie Sea Wolves. Matz pitched brilliantly for Binghamton, tossing a seven […]

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Lagares’ Rehab Takes Him To Binghamton

An article by posted on June 24, 2014 0 Comments
Lagares’ Rehab Takes Him To Binghamton

Juan Lagares, returning from an oblique injury, got his rehab off to a roaring start at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton on Monday.  Lagares showed no ill effects from his muscle strain, and reached base safely the first three times he stepped into the batter’s box.  Lagares hit at the top of the B-Mets order, drawing […]

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Darin Gorski Showing He Belongs In Vegas

An article by posted on June 20, 2014 0 Comments
Darin Gorski Showing He Belongs In Vegas

I’m sitting here smiling at 12:40 in the morning, knowing I have to get up early for today’s radio show.  Yes, a little part of the smile is for Zack Wheeler and his brilliant three-hit complete game shutout, the first in his career.  But, the biggest part of my smile points towards Las Vegas where […]

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Brian Burgamy Getting the Job Done in Binghamton

An article by posted on June 18, 2014 0 Comments
Brian Burgamy Getting the Job Done in Binghamton

The New York Mets have struggled to cash in with bases loaded all year long.  Perhaps the Mets could steal a page from Binghamton third baseman Brian Burgamy to learn how it’s done.  With two out and B-Mets dancing off every base in the bottom of the sixth inning, Burgamy greeted Richmond reliever Josh Osich, […]

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Collin Cowgill – A Mets Offensive Measuring Stick

An article by posted on June 12, 2014 0 Comments
Collin Cowgill – A Mets Offensive Measuring Stick

Collin Cowgill, remember him? Cowgill was the starting Met center fielder for a brief time last season– the opening day starter who hit a grand slam home run. I noticed a headline in the MLB Morning Line Up the other day, “Cowgill’s Walk-off in 14th Gives Halos Fifth Straight W” and wondered what was going […]

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Mets Fans Deserve Better Than This

An article by posted on June 7, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Fans Deserve Better Than This

It doesn’t take much to placate a Met fan. After winning four games of five in Philadelphia and moving within one game of .500 Met fans were ecstatic. I heard Evan Roberts of WFAN fame say he was prepared to celebrate by popping champagne and tossing confetti when his beloved Mets reached the .500 plateau […]

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Shortstop Matt Reynolds Batting .365 To Lead Eastern League

An article by posted on June 5, 2014 0 Comments
Shortstop Matt Reynolds Batting .365 To Lead Eastern League

He’s the Eastern League’s top batter with a .365 batting average. He’s second on the Eastern League’s leader board in on-base-percentage at .445. Matt Reynolds continues to rake near the top of the Binghamton Mets lineup. After missing a handful of games with back issues, B-Met fans had to be concerned if the layoff and […]

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Double-D Getting Opportunity To Show His Stuff

An article by posted on June 4, 2014 0 Comments
Double-D Getting Opportunity To Show His Stuff

At NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton we called him Double-D. After Matt den Dekker joined the Mets Double-A roster, it didn’t take long for a B-Met mainstay, a fan who dutifully mans a seat behind home plate a nudge to the third base side, to shout out, “Come on Double-D, hit it hard somewhere,” when den […]

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The Dual Nature Of Jack Leathersich

An article by posted on June 3, 2014 0 Comments
The Dual Nature Of Jack Leathersich

He’s a New York Met pitching prospect enigma, at times an untouchable strikeout machine and at times a guy who struggles to get the ball over the plate. Jack Leathersich is a perplexing Met pitching puzzle, a pitching paradox that often lands him at one end or the other of the effectiveness spectrum; overpowering brilliance, […]

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A Revolutionary Bullpen Model

An article by posted on June 3, 2014 0 Comments
A Revolutionary Bullpen Model

syn-er-gy n. The increased effectiveness that occurs when two or more people or elements in a system produce and effort different from or greater than the sum of the individual effects. * * * * * * * * The most recent turn of events in a topsy-turvy New York Met baseball season has infused […]

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