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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Roberto Clemente, Branch Rickey and the New York Mets

An article by posted on November 4, 2013 0 Comments
Roberto Clemente, Branch Rickey and the New York Mets

The new GM was cool and manipulative in his transactions, meticulous with his records, formal in his speech, stingy with his money, interested equally in a player’s psychological disposition and his ability to learn an elusive hook slide. This GM’s world could be studied, categorized, and explained. Good things did not fall upon people, or baseball clubs, by […]

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Turn The Kids Loose

An article by posted on October 28, 2013 0 Comments
Turn The Kids Loose

“The Red Sox hitters are too good, too patient to attack any other way than with power, and the Cardinals blueprint worded to perfection in Game 2. If St. Louis is to win this series that’s the only way it’s going to happen, as they can’t out-slug the Red Sox. The Cardinals need to manufacture enough runs, and […]

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Agreeing To Disagree On Allan Dykstra vs. Ike Davis

An article by posted on October 24, 2013 0 Comments

Kudos to our own Joe DeCaro for his keen insights as a radio guest on “The Sounds Of Shea” last week.  Joe proved why his baseball observations, particularly in reference to our Mets, bring hordes of Met fans to Mets Merized Online each and every day. There is always room for viewpoints across the spectrum […]

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Featured Post: New York Mets and the “Cardinal Way”

An article by posted on October 23, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: New York Mets and the “Cardinal Way”

With the St. Louis Cardinals eliminating the Dodgers and reaching the World Series again, New York Times sportswriter Tyler Kepner claims it’s easy to understand why some people think of the Cardinals as the Yankees of the National League. Only the Yankees have won more World Series championships than the Cards. This fall’s World Series stop marks the fourth […]

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Mets Will Have Big Roster Decision To Make With Unheralded Darin Gorski

An article by posted on October 19, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Will Have Big Roster Decision To Make With Unheralded Darin Gorski

As the Mets scramble to trim their 40-man roster to make room for players who finished the year on the disabled list or for prospects who could be lost to the Rule 5 draft, I keep contemplating the fate of Darin Gorski. Gorski, a Met left-handed pitcher in Binghamton went unprotected early in the spring and passed unclaimed […]

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Mets Outfield Prospect Cesar Puello Is Doing It His Way

An article by posted on October 17, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Outfield Prospect Cesar Puello Is Doing It His Way

Kevin Kernan put together an interesting piece earlier in the week in the New York Post on Dodger baseball phenom Yasiel Puig. In his first sentence, he speculates that Puig is ready for October baseball, but wonders whether baseball is ready for Puig. He builds his piece around what he calls the ‘Puig Philosophy,’ an aggressive, hustling brand […]

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Developing Young Pitching Is The New Mets Model

An article by posted on October 15, 2013 0 Comments
Developing Young Pitching Is The New Mets Model

John Harper pens a piece in Saturday’s New York Daily News urging the Mets to stay with the concept of rebuilding around their young pitching corps. It’s Harper’s contention that the stunning performance of so many young pitching gun’s in this fall’s post season has fortified the Met front office belief that they need to be extraordinarily careful in […]

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Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and a Yankee Lesson

An article by posted on October 15, 2013 0 Comments
Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and a Yankee Lesson

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 I host a […]

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Mets Minors: Jeff Walters Was The B-Mets’ Most Valuable Pitcher In 2013

An article by posted on October 9, 2013 0 Comments

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 righthanded arms – Rafael Montero, Logan Verrett, Noah […]

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Ya Gotta Believe: Mets Starting Pitching Is Not Far From NL’s Elite

An article by posted on October 9, 2013 0 Comments
Ya Gotta Believe: Mets Starting Pitching Is Not Far From NL’s Elite

Joel Sherman lauds the Boston Red Sox offense in a piece he did for the New York Post on Monday, suggesting when all is said and done it’s the Sox’ offense that might separate them from the rest of the post season playoff contenders. According to Sherman that’s because strong pitching is a given and an almost automatic […]

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