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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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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Bunting Is Making A Comeback

An article by posted on June 2, 2014 0 Comments
Bunting Is Making A Comeback

In the yesteryear of baseball, bunting was an art form. Every bunt type employed by a batter bunting the ball; the sacrifice, the squeeze, the drop bunt or drag bunt were part of the arsenal a batter brought to the plate. The advent of baseball’s sabermetric era and the analytics it provides have almost delegated […]

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After Spinning A Gem, Gorski Promoted To Triple-A Las Vegas

An article by posted on May 28, 2014 0 Comments
After Spinning A Gem, Gorski Promoted To Triple-A Las Vegas

May 28 As we speculated yesterday in the below article, lefthander Darin Gorski has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. It’s perfect timing for the 26-year-old, coming off his most dominating start of the season. Gorski had a 2.22 ERA for Binghamton with a 1.006 WHIP and a 9.2 strikeout rate. Congratulations Darin! May 27 I try to […]

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More Mets Static

An article by posted on May 27, 2014 0 Comments
More Mets Static

It was almost miraculous. I turned on WOR coming home from watching Darin Gorski throw a masterful two-hit, complete game in Binghamton and the reception was crystal clear. Learning Jacob deGrom had left the game with a 2-0 lead I was elated. First Rafael Montero‘s 10 strikeout performance and now deGrom, both pitching like the […]

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