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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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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Wilfredo Tovar Won’t Start Tonight, But Available Off Bench

An article by posted on September 20, 2013 0 Comments
Wilfredo Tovar Won’t Start Tonight, But Available Off Bench

With Ruben Tejada lost for the season due to a broken leg, the Mets have promoted shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. According to today’s media notes, he is not in tonight’s starting lineup, but will be available off the bench to Terry Collins. I had the privilege of enjoying a summer of baseball watching Wilfredo Tovar play shortstop […]

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Don’t Overlook Wilfredo Tovar For Mets’ Future Shortstop

An article by posted on September 11, 2013 0 Comments
Don’t Overlook Wilfredo Tovar For Mets’ Future Shortstop

A recent Bleacher Report post listed the 2013 New York Met All-Prospect team. At shortstop, Bleacher Report tabbed Gavin Cecchini as this years Met shortstop of the future. Don’t get me wrong, this is not intended to be a knock on Cecchini. As a number one draft selection, Cecchini automatically gains recognition as a highly […]

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September Glimpses: Why Not Darin Gorski?

An article by posted on September 9, 2013 0 Comments
September Glimpses: Why Not Darin Gorski?

Daisuke Matsuzaka had his first quality start as a New York Met in Cleveland on Sunday. Met fans were likely happy to get a win and pleased for Matsuzaka even though the former Red Sox star was brought to New York simply to be a starting rotation place holder for the remainder of the 2013 season. That fact […]

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Is Terry Collins The Best Choice To Lead The Mets Going Forward?

An article by posted on September 9, 2013 0 Comments
Is Terry Collins The Best Choice To Lead The Mets Going Forward?

I like Terry Collins. He’s feisty. He competes. He never cries over what he doesn’t have. He has high expectations for those under his command. Collins has been surprisingly adept at handling the New York media during some very difficult seasons, and, for the most part, seems to have maintained his player’s respect. In fact, the Terry Collins […]

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B-Mets Eliminated In A Game Marred By Critical Blown Calls From Umpires

An article by posted on September 7, 2013 0 Comments
B-Mets Eliminated In A Game Marred By Critical Blown Calls From Umpires

It was the only game of the year with a four man umpiring crew the entire season in Binghamton. By the end of the night, Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez and his B-Met baseball team and some 4,000 Binghamton fans pined for the return of a three-man crew, or perhaps the two-man officiating teams used to arbitrate a college […]

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Mets Minors: Could Logan Verrett Profile as a Reliever in the Majors?

An article by posted on September 5, 2013 0 Comments

He’s a baseball alchemist with a potent mix of pitches proven to flummox even the most accomplished batters in Double-A’s Eastern League. With 12 wins, Binghamton starting pitcher Logan Verrett shares the top of the league in this category with two other pitchers. Yet, watching Verrett capably mix four different pitchers over five innings of work on […]

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