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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Restoring Trust and My Night at Citi Field

An article by posted on April 20, 2014 0 Comments
Restoring Trust and My Night at Citi Field

Minor tweaks of the nutritional program are not the answer. Changing the eating schedule so the players have more time to digest their food will bring no measurable change in outcomes. The Mets failure to win games at Citi Field is a hot topic as we move towards the end of first month of a […]

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Gary, Keith and Ron: Those Voices In Our Heads

An article by posted on March 30, 2014 0 Comments
Gary, Keith and Ron: Those Voices In Our Heads

The Mets may not lead the league in many baseball categories, but they do excel in one area. The voices of the Mets SNY broadcast team; Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling, are the cream of the crop. All three were on top of their game in Steve Serby’s Q&A in the Sunday New […]

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How Does Chris Young Fit the Mets Plan?

An article by posted on March 19, 2014 0 Comments
How Does Chris Young Fit the Mets Plan?

The Chris Young signing is what I call a Hot Stove Head-Scratcher. Try as I might to understand the move, signing Young to a contract worth more than $7 million dollars simply doesn’t make sense. My litmus test for a free agent signing involves two basic questions. First, is there a reasonable expectation the free […]

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Mets Pitching Prospects Strutting Their Stuff

An article by posted on March 10, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Pitching Prospects Strutting Their Stuff

It’s nothing more than a glimpse of hope, a promise that the talk of better days ahead might just be more reality than simply talk. They have only thrown an inning here and an inning there over the Mets first ten spring training games, but collectively the young pitching prospects the Mets have compiled in […]

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Willie Randolph Says Better Days Are Coming for the Mets

An article by posted on March 8, 2014 0 Comments
Willie Randolph Says Better Days Are Coming for the Mets

Twenty men have sat in the Met managerial hot seat. Some have served as momentary stopgaps, Mike Cubbage for only seven games. None survived long enough to rival the longest surviving managers of the modern game, guys like Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa. In fact, none wore the Met orange and blue for more than […]

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The Wonder Of Spring Training

An article by posted on March 6, 2014 0 Comments
The Wonder Of Spring Training

Part of the wonder of spring training are the brief glimpses we get of young prospects who might signal better days ahead for Met fans. The young Met pitching prospects have created a buzz around the Met camp that is refreshing. In fact, much of the recent NYC sports radio baseball banter has the big […]

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Davis and Duda Competition Promises To Be A Big Story Line This Spring

An article by posted on March 1, 2014 0 Comments
Davis and Duda Competition Promises To Be A Big Story Line This Spring

If their first appearance out of the gates is an indicator, the 2014 Grapefruit Circuit could be a lot of fun for New York Met fans. Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom whet the appetites of the ‘Flushing Faithful’ with scintillating, tantalizing pitching performances, both retiring the minimum six batters in two innings of work, and […]

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Ike Davis and Athletes Being Athletes

An article by posted on February 24, 2014 0 Comments
Ike Davis and Athletes Being Athletes

Before the furor grows over the Ike Davis revelation that he played almost the entire season last year with an oblique injury, Met fans should slow down and consider what that fact means relative to Davis’s current standing on the team. I expect Davis will be roundly criticized for not disclosing the injury. In fact, […]

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Reliever Adam Kolarek Could Make A Good Impression

An article by posted on February 24, 2014 0 Comments
Reliever Adam Kolarek Could Make A Good Impression

He’s a dark horse of sorts at the Mets spring training complex in Port St. Lucie. With so much attention fixed on young Met pitching guns, a list that includes Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and Cory Mazzoni, this tall left-handed relief specialist doesn’t command much hype. Yet, don’t be surprised if by the […]

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Talkin’ Baseball: A Brilliant Infield Duo That Never Was

An article by posted on February 23, 2014 0 Comments
Talkin’ Baseball: A Brilliant Infield Duo That Never Was

Scores of Met fans may have missed it. The New York Post ran a Sunday piece by Joel Sherman called “A Decade of A-Rod.” Most baseball fans have had more than their fill of Alex Rodriguez, especially Met fans tired of A-Rod’s front and back page coverage in the New York Dailies. In the piece, […]

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