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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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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B-Mets Manager Pedro Lopez Wants That Eastern League Championship

An article by posted on September 1, 2013 0 Comments

Today’a announcement that catching prospect Kevin Plawecki would be promoted to Double-A Binghamton is going to make one particular person very happy – B-Mets manager, Pedro Lopez, who thirsts for the Eastern League Championship. Lopez had a taste of championship baseball in his mouth and was hungry for more. Last winter, Lopez got his first crack […]

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Gorski Demonstrates Pinpoint Control In Dominating Performance Last Night

An article by posted on August 31, 2013 0 Comments
Gorski Demonstrates Pinpoint Control In Dominating Performance Last Night

Masterful. That’s the only way to describe another Darin Gorski pitching gem at NYSEG Stadium last night. Last week’s Eastern League Player of the Week dazzled, staying ahead of hitters and once again causing batter after batter to pop the ball into the air, as he threw seven scoreless innings, one batter above the minimum, […]

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Two Mets Relief Prospects On The Rise: Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek

An article by posted on August 25, 2013 0 Comments

With Binghamton closer Jeff Walters becoming an almost impenetrable ninth inning wall at NYSEG Stadium this summer, it would be easy to overlook the overall 2013 brilliance of the B-Met bullpen. That’s particularly the case with two unsung left-handers who have turned out stellar performances all summer from the Binghamton pen. Like two peas in […]

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