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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Mets Minors: Wally Has Team Running To Another First Place Finish

An article by posted on August 23, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Minors: Wally Has Team Running To Another First Place Finish

‘Put on your running shoes’ could be the motto for Wally Backman’s Las Vegas 51’s this summer. The scrappy 2014 PCL Manager of the Year has used the running game as a weapon in leading his team to a possible first place finish in the Southern Division. Las Vegas ranks fifth out of sixteen PCL […]

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An MMO Original: Losing Streaks Are Part of the Game

An article by posted on August 18, 2015 0 Comments
An MMO Original: Losing Streaks Are Part of the Game

Three losses to the Pirates at Citi Field ignited a case of the jitters throughout Met land. The unbridled euphoria Met fans had experienced over a recent winning streak and their teams ascent to the top of the National League’s Eastern Division dimmed some over the weekend. Based on our most recent experiences and stretching […]

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MMO Exclusive: Paul Sewald Just Keeps Throwing Strikes

An article by posted on August 17, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Exclusive: Paul Sewald Just Keeps Throwing Strikes

He is part of a crop of young baseball players who grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, a class that includes the likes of Bryce Harper, Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant. He’s thoughtful, strategic and articulate and made a perfect guest on a recent WIOX, Tip-Off radio show. I’m talking about Paul Sewald the current […]

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MMO Exclusive: Sandy Discusses Team Chemistry, Conforto, Plawecki (Part 3)

An article by posted on August 17, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Exclusive: Sandy Discusses Team Chemistry, Conforto, Plawecki (Part 3)

Here is the final part of my exclusive interview on Friday morning with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson who was a guest on my Tip-Off Show. You can read Part One of Sandy’s interview by clicking here and Part Two here. Huge thanks to Mets media relations vice president Jay Horwitz for putting this together […]

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MMO Exclusive: Sandy Discusses Cespedes and Tigers Unwillingness To Budge (Part 2)

An article by posted on August 17, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Exclusive: Sandy Discusses Cespedes and Tigers Unwillingness To Budge (Part 2)

Here is the second part of my interview this morning with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on me weekly Tip-Off Show. You can read part one of Sandy’s interview by clicking here. John: I’m a gigantic Michael Fulmer fan, I’ve watched him pitch six times this season. I have to ask you, please tell me just […]

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MMO Exclusive: Sandy Talks Leadup To Trade Deadline and Impact On Team (Part 1)

An article by posted on August 17, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Exclusive: Sandy Talks Leadup To Trade Deadline and Impact On Team (Part 1)

I was fortunate enough to have another exclusive interview with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson again on Friday morning during my weekly Tip-Off show. With the New York Mets in first place atop the NL East and opening up a 4.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals, fans are salivating at the thought of postseason […]

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Lefty Reliever Josh Smoker Working His Way To Citi Field

An article by posted on August 6, 2015 0 Comments
Lefty Reliever Josh Smoker Working His Way To Citi Field

In 11 appearances for Double-A Binghamton, Josh Smoker has made a positive impression on B-Mets baseball fans. Smoker, has struck out 16 batters and walked just three in 12.0 innings while posting a brilliant 1.50 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. The fireballing left-hander pitched another scoreless inning of relief last night as Binghamton defeated Bowie 9-2. Smoker, 26, […]

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The Making Of A Team

An article by posted on August 1, 2015 0 Comments
The Making Of A Team

“And, a few days after Bill stepped behind the plate, something happened to the Blues. When you live with a team eight months of the year, season after season, its thoughts and responses and spirits become your own. I never felt it stronger than the week Bill took charge behind the plate.” “Not that it […]

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Gavin Cecchini Continues To Sizzle In Breakout Season

An article by posted on July 31, 2015 0 Comments
Gavin Cecchini Continues To Sizzle In Breakout Season

Met fans might end up happy Sandy Alderson was not forced to move Binghamton shortstop Gavin Cecchini in making moves to bolster the Mets big league line-up. Cecchini is having a breakout season at the Double-A level and is sizzling in Binghamton.  In his last two games, two wins for the first place B-Mets, Cecchini went […]

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Michael Fulmer: Another Ace Is On The Way

An article by posted on July 29, 2015 0 Comments
Michael Fulmer: Another Ace Is On The Way

By almost any standard Binghamton’s Michael Fulmer is a pitching ace. It’s becoming almost a habit that every Fulmer outing is something special. The intensity he brings, the repertoire of pitches he displays and his toughness on the mound are special indeed. Often a pitching ace can bring the heat. With a fastball that sits […]

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