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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Gorski Demonstrates Pinpoint Control In Dominating Performance Last Night

An article by posted on August 31, 2013 0 Comments
Gorski Demonstrates Pinpoint Control In Dominating Performance Last Night

Masterful. That’s the only way to describe another Darin Gorski pitching gem at NYSEG Stadium last night. Last week’s Eastern League Player of the Week dazzled, staying ahead of hitters and once again causing batter after batter to pop the ball into the air, as he threw seven scoreless innings, one batter above the minimum, […]

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Two Mets Relief Prospects On The Rise: Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek

An article by posted on August 25, 2013 0 Comments

With Binghamton closer Jeff Walters becoming an almost impenetrable ninth inning wall at NYSEG Stadium this summer, it would be easy to overlook the overall 2013 brilliance of the B-Met bullpen. That’s particularly the case with two unsung left-handers who have turned out stellar performances all summer from the Binghamton pen. Like two peas in […]

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Six-Man Rotation Makes Sense For Mets And Their Stable Of Young Arms

An article by posted on August 23, 2013 0 Comments
Six-Man Rotation Makes Sense For Mets And Their Stable Of Young Arms

It is becoming more and more evident that quality pitching is the hub of a pending baseball renaissance in New York’s Citi Field. Win or lose, a cadre of young pitching arms have kept the Mets competitive in Flushing for some two months now with Met pitching underlings tearing up the minor leagues at every […]

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Chasen Bradford Came Up Big For The B-Mets To Close Out The Clincher

An article by posted on August 20, 2013 0 Comments
Chasen Bradford Came Up Big For The B-Mets To Close Out The Clincher

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” That’s a Chasen Bradford tweet I found as I searched to find something about the B-Mets’ relief pitcher. I was curious to know whether Bradford was talking about the cards he was dealt, a 35th round draft pick […]

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Jeff Walters Closing In On Mets Debut?

An article by posted on August 13, 2013 0 Comments
Jeff Walters Closing In On Mets Debut?

It’s not like he’s a kid any more. Binghamton closer Jeff Walters (pictured on the right) is 25 years old. It’s not like he’s lacking in experience. Walters pitched four years in college. In fact, starting in his senior year in high school, the B-Met closer was drafted four times, turning down four different major league offers (Giants, […]

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The Umpire Strikes Back… At Juan Lagares

An article by posted on August 13, 2013 0 Comments
The Umpire Strikes Back… At Juan Lagares

It was clearly a turning point in last night’s game. Juan Lagares was at the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the Met’s seventh inning and the tying run only 90 feet away. First, with the count at 2-0, Lagares was charged with a strike when the first base umpire ruled he had not adequately […]

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Lessons Learned From Mets Sweep Of The Rockies

An article by posted on August 9, 2013 0 Comments
Lessons Learned From Mets Sweep Of The Rockies

This week’s Met sweep of the Colorado Rockies is instructive.  In taking the broom to the Rockies at Citi Field, the Mets showcased the blueprint they hope can make them a contender as early as next season – solid pitching. In designing that building plan the Mets need look no further than their first World […]

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Featured Post: Charting the Remainder of the Mets 2013 Season

An article by posted on August 6, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Charting the Remainder of the Mets 2013 Season

Larry Brooks penned a thought provoking column in the New York Post that magnifies the dilemma facing the Met front office in deciding how to play out the remainder of the 2013 season. A decent month of July baseball energized the Met faithful and made the Citi Field product a whole lot more satisfying to […]

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Mets Farm System Is Kicking Ass And Taking Names

An article by posted on August 2, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Farm System Is Kicking Ass And Taking Names

Wilmer Flores has Las Vegas sitting at the top of the division… So much of the New York Met sales pitch over the last several years has been a message of hope. Met fans were asked to think forward as the franchise went about the business of establishing a culture and practices geared at making […]

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The Curious Case Of Darin Gorski

An article by posted on August 1, 2013 0 Comments
The Curious Case Of Darin Gorski

Like the U.S. during the Cold War, the New York Mets continue to build an arsenal of long range power arms. A ‘shock and awe’ strike capacity with a first wave including weaponry labeled  Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, Logan Verrett, Jack Leathersich, Jeff Walters, and Cory Mazzoni overpower lesser […]

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