As VP of player development, it’s Tony Bernazard’s job to make sure the Mets organization gets the most out of its minor league prospects. So to make sure the troops are properly motivated, occasionally butts have to be kicked; and as we all know, there is no more effective way to make your point than to remove articles of clothing and challenge people to a fight.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS is reporting today that Bernazard, a former Major League infielder who played 10 seasons with six teams, unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade in the Binghamton Mets (Double-A) locker room recently, at one point removing his shirt and challenging the team to fight him. It’s called the Mike Singletary method, I believe.
Make no mistake, they’re loving this story in New York, where Bernazard is quickly gaining the reputation as a tea cup despot who will go to any lengths to get what he wants.
Bernazard particularly went after middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, using a slang term associated with a woman’s anatomy, a source indicated. The confrontation happened about 10 days before the All-Star break, according to insiders.
GM Omar Minaya acknowledged Bernazard spoke to the B-Mets in a “stern voice,” but said he had no knowledge of the scope being portrayed.
“I know he did have a team meeting with them,” Minaya told the Daily News. “It was not a ‘you-guys-have-been-great meeting.’ I know he spoke to them in a stern voice. But as far as what he was wearing, what kind of shoes he was wearing, I don’t know anything about that.”
I hope it didn’t happen on Faith and Family Day.
Is Bernazard’s job on the line? With the mets, it’s impossible to tell. But his transgressions are many: It is widely believed that it was Bernazard who was working behind the scenes last season to get Willie Randolph fired. There is also this story, which even seems wilder than the shirtless tirade. From the DAILY NEWS:
The organization’s dysfunction is unbelievable. Take this story going around baseball, which has been verified by a witness:
At a recent game at Citi Field, scouts had assembled in a row of seats behind home plate. Mets VP Tony Bernazard showed up during play and wanted a seat occupied by a young Diamondbacks scout. Bernazard’s deputy, already seated in the row, suggested to the Mets VP that he wait until the half-inning ended, to minimize the disruption. Bernazard then ripped into his Ivy League-educated deputy with a profanity-laced tirade, mortifying observers in the section.
If only someone had been bold enough to remove his shirt and challenge Bernazard to a fight during his infamous hitless stretch in 1984. That’s when Bernazard, while playing for the Indians, went 0-for-44 to tie a Major League record for non-pitchers during the past 50 years.
It’s also said that when he was hitting well, he would eat nothing but chicken. Couldn’t he have brought in a couple of covered dishes instead of calling Jose Coronado a p****?