I don’t even know what to say any more. According to this story in the Daily News, there have been some interesting happenings involving Tony Bernazard and the B-Mets. Apparently Tony B launched into a tirade about alleged underage drinking on the team, and proceeded to take off his shirt and challenge the players to a fight.
Huh? Who does this? Admittedly, underage drinking on one of your minor league teams is a major problem and needs to be addressed. But what in the world possessed this man to take off his shirt and challenge the players to a fight? This, coupled with reports that have been going on for years about his interference and undermining of management, has to seal his fate and end his tenure with the Mets. Oh, and this should help too:
“The News reported Tuesday that Bernazard, one of GM Omar Minaya’s top lieutenants,recently erupted at the organization’s manager of baseball operations. During a game at Citi Field, scouts took their customary seats in a row behind home plate. Bernazard showed up during play and wanted a seat occupied by a D-Backs 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 ripped into his deputy with a profanity-laced tirade as scouts and patrons watched in disbelief.”
This guy sounds completely unprofessional. I know if anyone in my office, VP or not, acted like that to anyone else, there would be severe consequences.
Mets GM Omar Minaya will be holding a press conference originally schedule for 3:30, but now postponed to 4:30. The Mets have put out a short statement saying, “We take these reports very seriously and are investigating the matter.”
Another issue I have with this whole thing is the management in Binghamton. I’ve been thinking for awhile that there are management problems at the minor league level in terms of player development. The front office is always high on talent, but players never pan out at the major league level. I wonder if underage drinking is a symptom of a larger problem. Namely, do the minor league managers not have the respect of their players? If there’s no respect, the players can’t be taught the finer points of the game, which, to me, is the whole point of minor league baseball.