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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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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Bronson Arroyo Sells Himself To The Mets

An article by posted on November 20, 2013 0 Comments
Bronson Arroyo Sells Himself To The Mets

Bronson Arroyo, the free agent pitcher who last year pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, was Mike Francesa’s guest on WFAN Tuesday afternoon and expressed interest in possibly pitching next season for the Mets.  A flyball pitcher who allows a high number of home runs, Arroyo likes the idea of taking his game to the cavernous […]

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Featured Post: Are We Giving Up Too Quickly On Ike Davis?

An article by posted on November 11, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Are We Giving Up Too Quickly On Ike Davis?

Everybody loves a home run slugger. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of watching batters with pop in their bats blast the ball out of the park whenever they step to the plate. Yet, in the post steroid baseball era, consistent home run sluggers, guys that can be counted on to hit thirty or more home runs year […]

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Time For Some Brave, New, Bold Moves For Mets

An article by posted on November 7, 2013 0 Comments
Time For Some Brave, New, Bold Moves For Mets

He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.  ~  Herodotus The moment of action for New York Met General Manager Sandy Alderson is now. It is time for Sandy to fly against his better nature, to throw […]

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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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