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 Defense Of Mike Piazza

An article by posted on January 8, 2014 19 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 15 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 16 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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Our Amazin’ Holiday Songs

An article by posted on December 22, 2013 1 Comment
Our Amazin’ Holiday Songs

A big Tip-Off thanks to Joe DeCaro and the MMO readers who submitted Met Themed Holiday Songs that we performed on Friday morning’s Tip-Off hour. The submissions were few but the creativity and optimism was brimming. The Dawg and I had a lot of fun, likely at our listener’s expense, with the show. The Met […]

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We Want Your Mets Themed Holiday Songs!

An article by posted on December 14, 2013 0 Comments
We Want Your Mets Themed Holiday Songs!

The first submission of a Mets themed holiday sports song has arrived.  It would make New York Post sport columnist Mike Vaccaro proud.  The song was written by a lifetime New York Met fan from Rye, New York, named Robert Fuchs and is called “Let It Snow.” Met fans have until Wednesday, December 18, to […]

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Featured Post: Don’t Give Up On Ike Davis

An article by posted on December 8, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Don’t Give Up On Ike Davis

With the Met outfield taking shape, attention turns to other position player needs.  Shortstop and first base were two areas the Met front office indicated needed attention during the off-season. Speculation has swirled that the Mets have lost patience with Ike Davis and are actively shopping him around.  The longball results the Mets expected from […]

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HoJo Says Ike Is Still A 30 Homer Guy

An article by posted on December 4, 2013 0 Comments
HoJo Says Ike Is Still A 30 Homer Guy

Howard Johnson doesn’t buy into the cautious, passive hitting approached espoused by the Met organization. Johnson, the new hitting coach of Seattle’s Mariners and the former third baseman on the last World Series champions of the Mets, talked with the New York Daily New’s John Harper for a piece published in Wednesday’s edition. Ike Davis […]

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