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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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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Anthony Seratelli Has A Shot To Make Big League Team

An article by posted on February 21, 2014 0 Comments
Anthony Seratelli Has A Shot To Make Big League Team

Ken Davidoff has a column in Friday’s post that will leave “Negative Nellie” Met fans howling. Davidoff features a utility infielder, a local kid from New Jersey, who signed a minor league contract with the Mets over the winter, was invited to camp, and as Davidoff sees it, has a legitimate chance to make the […]

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Colon’s Presence Can Have A Positive Effect On Young Arms

An article by posted on February 18, 2014 0 Comments
Colon’s Presence Can Have A Positive Effect On Young Arms

Mets fans who lived through the 1969 miracle know for a fact that pitching wins championships. The ’69 Mets were one of the best examples of a crummy hitting team leaning heavily on team pitching to earn October baseball grandeur. That edition of Mets had the lowest team OPS of any team to ever win […]

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Predicting Mets Success Through Rose Colored Glases

An article by posted on February 15, 2014 0 Comments
Predicting Mets Success Through Rose Colored Glases

To every baseball fan, no matter what team they root for, four simple words are a clarion call; “pitcher’s and catcher’s report.” We’ve waited for longer than we care to remember through biting cold and winter storm after winter storm, but it’s finally here. The annual pilgrimages to Florida and Arizona are underway, and, so, […]

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Sporting News Mets Projections

An article by posted on January 31, 2014 0 Comments
Sporting News Mets Projections

The start of spring training has fantasy baseball enthusiasts pouring over magazines and scouring the internet for the latest baseball data to help make winning draft selections. Today, I made my first reading of the Sporting News BASEBALL Fantasy Source. Just for fun, I decided to dedicate my first reading to the Mets. Were there […]

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Phil Regan: A Mets Pitching Asset

An article by posted on January 30, 2014 0 Comments
Phil Regan: A Mets Pitching Asset

A cadre of young Met pitching prospects has Met fans dreaming better days are coming to Citi Field. In recent years the young arms have come in waves and if only a few can stick it shouldn’t be long before the Mets are relevant again. When you read about the Mets youthful pitching corp, one […]

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A Promise Kept And A Call To Action

An article by posted on January 23, 2014 0 Comments
A Promise Kept And A Call To Action

It’s a signing waiting to happen. After months of posturing, months of Hot Stove positioning, the coals are getting warm and spring training will soon begin. As of yet, no major league team has signed Stephen Drew to play shortstop for the 2014 season. Will they sign him or will they pass? Speculation has raged […]

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