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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Gavin Cecchini Displaying Solid Skills For Binghamton

An article by posted on May 26, 2015 0 Comments
Gavin Cecchini Displaying Solid Skills For Binghamton

It was a draft pick viewed skeptically by many New York Met fans and openly derided by several more in the media when GM Sandy Alderson and his player development team selected Gavin Cecchini as their number one draft selection in the 2012 draft.  Following a philosophy that favored baseball talent out of high school, […]

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Who Is Hansel Robles and Why Did Mets Choose Him?

An article by posted on April 20, 2015 0 Comments
Who Is Hansel Robles and Why Did Mets Choose Him?

Note from Joe D. As we reported yesterday, Hansel Robles was called up to replace the injured Jerry Blevins who sustained a fractured forearm after he was hit by a come-backer to the mound on Sunday. Robles was off to a good start in his first taste of Triple-A for Las Vegas where in five […]

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Rivera On Fire In Binghamton

An article by posted on April 17, 2015 0 Comments
Rivera On Fire In Binghamton

He’s a virtual hitting machine.  The combination of the ability to stay back on a pitch, quick, explosive wrists and a short compact swing has translated to success at the plate at every level of the New York Mets farm system thus far..  And, he’s determined to show he has little left to prove, at […]

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Smashing Debut: Montero Shuts Down Nationals For Two Innings

An article by posted on April 9, 2015 0 Comments
Smashing Debut: Montero Shuts Down Nationals For Two Innings

The health of New York Met closers resurfaced as a major opening day story again this year.  After Bobby Parnell was lost to Tommy John surgery following his Opening Day appearance a year past, it was Jenrry Mejia who headed to the disabled list with elbow inflammation this week. Mejia’s injury is disconcerting to Met […]

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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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