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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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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Travis d’Arnaud Could Be A Valuable Trade Chip For Mets

An article by posted on October 3, 2013 0 Comments
Travis d’Arnaud Could Be A Valuable Trade Chip For Mets

It’s a fact of life not awfully appealing to Met fans. In baseball, as with most things in life, in order to actualize the goals and successes you aspire, you’re going to have to give something up. That’s often a trademark of a professional athlete, musical performer, business executive, or anyone who acquires the skills that place them […]

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Could We Have Been Wrong About Terry Collins?

An article by posted on October 1, 2013 0 Comments
Could We Have Been Wrong About Terry Collins?

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote a column endorsing the Mets decision to resign Terry Collins to a two-year deal in a column he wrote in today’s edition. His piece doesn’t spend much time addressing the Mets won/loss record. I assume, like many, that he doubts that with the Mets’ rosters Terry […]

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The Magic Is Back… Again…

An article by posted on September 30, 2013 0 Comments
The Magic Is Back… Again…

The Magic is Back! That was the Mets promotional slogan in the spring of 1980 after Nelson Doubleday Jr. and Fred Wilpon had purchased New York’s National League franchise. From a business standpoint, the new Met owners bought in at a perfect time. The Mets were in shambles, last place finishers in three consecutive seasons prior to the purchase. Acting […]

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Hey Terry, Please Play The Future Difference Makers…

An article by posted on September 26, 2013 0 Comments
Hey Terry, Please Play The Future Difference Makers…

Any franchise, any team, any general manager, any manager plays the game to win. That’s as it should be. Every day the Mets put on the uniform and take the field, I’m pulling for them to win. That’s the case in the first week of the season and the last. There is no escaping the altered dynamics […]

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Mets Have Played .500 Baseball Since Wheeler Arrived

An article by posted on September 24, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Have Played .500 Baseball Since Wheeler Arrived

It’s remarkable. A lot has happened since that long ago Tuesday in mid June when the Mets swept the Braves in Atlanta and Zack Wheeler made his major league debut. Super Tuesday they dubbed it… The Mets were decimated as they entered play that day, a battered team that had lost 11 of the 14 […]

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September Hasn’t Been So Amazin’ For Mets Since ’07 Collapse

An article by posted on September 23, 2013 0 Comments
September Hasn’t Been So Amazin’ For Mets Since ’07 Collapse

The 2007 New York Met collapse did more than break the hearts of the Met faithful. The September disintegration that fall, set in motion a string of subsequent baseball finishes that have left the Mets shattered at each season’s end ever since. No one would have predicted a September slide of epic proportions back in 2007. In fact, […]

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Little Willy Drives Them Silly In Debut

An article by posted on September 23, 2013 0 Comments
Little Willy Drives Them Silly In Debut

North side, east side Little Willy Willy wears the crown He’s the best damn shortstop ’round town Backhand, forehand Willy drives them silly He’s a contact bat an’ a whole bunch more than that ‘Cos little Willy, Willy won’t go home But you can’t push Willy round, Willy won’t go Try tellin’ everybody but, oh […]

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