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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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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A Yankee Lesson For Nimmo, Cecchini and Some Mets Fans

An article by posted on January 21, 2014 0 Comments
A Yankee Lesson For Nimmo, Cecchini and Some Mets Fans

A good friend of mine recently sent her only child, a son, off to college. I remember those times as heart wrenching moments when each of my three children left the nest. To occupy my mind, I would usually wrap myself around some kind of project. That may have been my friend’s strategy, too. Knowing that I love […]

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Potential Deals For Ike Davis Are Still Out There

An article by posted on January 21, 2014 0 Comments
Potential Deals For Ike Davis Are Still Out There

Bleacher Report’s lead writer Jason Martinez put together an interesting piece speculating the top potential trade packages the Mets still might pursue to move Ike Davis. Recently, comments from the front office insinuate the search to find Davis a new home might be over. That may be true, but it’s equally possible Sandy Alderson’s comments […]

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Featured Post: I’d Rather Have Syndergaard

An article by posted on January 12, 2014 0 Comments
Featured Post: I’d Rather Have Syndergaard

Speculation is the fuel that stokes the Hot Stove fires. As the fires of speculation simmer in Met land, sometimes during the off-season it’s easy for Met fans to forget there’s another major league baseball team sharing NYC with pinstriped baseball fans surmising what baseball in 2014 will look like in the Bronx. Recently, those […]

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A Defense Of Mike Piazza

An article by posted on January 8, 2014 0 Comments
A Defense Of Mike Piazza

Dan Haefeli, writing for the Rising Apple, builds a strong case debunking the cloud of suspicion that hangs over the head of Mike Piazza suspecting the former Met catching great of using steroids over his career. Piazza, baseball’s all time home run hitting catcher, failed to accrue the votes needed to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of […]

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An Odd Yet Perfect Matchup

An article by posted on January 5, 2014 0 Comments
An Odd Yet Perfect Matchup

They are as comfortable together as you and your old Met sweatshirt. Ordinary, familiar, maybe a bit faded, frayed, and worn, like a battered ball tucked in a worn-out glove. It’s like they were made to go together, one somehow not complete without the other. Cold ice cream and hot fudge. They met forty years […]

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Hit The Ground Running: A Page From The Detroit Tigers

An article by posted on January 3, 2014 0 Comments
Hit The Ground Running: A Page From The Detroit Tigers

Jonathan Bernhardt, perhaps a distant relative many times removed, did a piece called “Time To Shine” for “Sports on Earth.” In the column, Bernhardt highlights prospects he predicts may be on a fast track to reach the bright lights and fame of major league baseball. It wasn’t the prospects themselves but what Bernhardt had to […]

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RHP Jeff Walters Shined Bright For B-Mets In 2013

An article by posted on January 2, 2014 0 Comments
RHP Jeff Walters Shined Bright For B-Mets In 2013

Great pitching was the lifeline of the Binghamton Mets record setting baseball season this summer.  Wherever you looked; the starting rotation, long relief or closing, the B-Met pitching excelled.  There were multiple B-Mets who could be considered the 2013 Most Valuable Pitcher.  I’ve boiled that choice down to four promising right-handed arms, Rafael Montero, Logan Verrett, Noah Syndergaard and Jeff […]

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Roberto Clemente: Baseball’s Last Hero

An article by posted on December 31, 2013 0 Comments
Roberto Clemente: Baseball’s Last Hero

It was on this day in 1972, that baseball great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering food and water to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He has canceled all plans to celebrate the new year, opting instead to be a ray of hope for victims in need and in desperation. He was already a baseball […]

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A Christmas Carol: The Sandy I Met

An article by posted on December 24, 2013 0 Comments
A Christmas Carol: The Sandy I Met

Pen went to paper way back in 1843. Even so, the classic holiday novella, “The Christmas Carol” resonates with readers today as one of Charles Dickens’ most important literary contributions. No other character in the beloved novella captures the fascination of readers and viewers like Ebenezer Scrooge. Many times, my mind shifts to Ebenezer Scrooge […]

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