Mets Fire Tony Bernazard

In a stunning development, the Mets have fired VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard — at least, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

It is assumed that this announcement will be made official later in the afternoon at a scheduled press conference.

The question now is, how will Jeff Wilpon make a decision without his trusted guru at his side? Furthermore, how will the Binghamton Mets motivate themselves without Zard-Dog’s inspirational clubhouse speeches?
*** UPDATE ***

If you didn’t see the press conference, you need to watch it. I can’t even begin to explain it, other than describing it as perhaps the most bizarre I’ve ever seen — it dwarfs all of the Mets’ conferences of the past few months that we might have labeled as “strange”.

mushmouthHands-down, a new low for the organization — and after sounding like a cross between Stuttering John and Dumb Donald (or is it Mushmouth?) from Fat Albert, I’m not sure how much longer Omar Minaya can continue in his position.

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  1. Murph July 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    Only with the Mets would the firing of the Assistant GM be seen as a significant move.
  2. joejanish July 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    LOL! Good point Murph. Strangely enough, it doesn’t necessarily make the team any better. I guess it makes them “less worse”.
  3. Walnutz15 July 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    At least he can’t become GM anytime soon….that’s the silver-lining.

    Any friend of Jeff Wilpon’s is not friend of mine….and is likely a bigger jaggov than the worst of the friends you’ve ever associated with.

    The Wilpons’ lack in judgement of character is astounding.

  4. Wendy July 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    Its one less distraction and news item that this team does not need, but they have to get it done on the field this week and hopefully good news will come from the guys on the DL about their return but i’m not optimistic.
  5. upson July 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    Well, this press conference is worth every penny. And all I was looking for was the injury update.
  6. John Fitzgerald July 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    Wow. So, Omar didn’t give a specific reason to fire Tony Bernazard, other than Adam Rubin’s reporting.

    So… if Adam Rubin was right about Tony Bernazard, why throw him under the bus?

    This is a new low.

  7. isuzudude July 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    Why does everything involving the Mets always evolve into a three-ring circus? This was supposed to be a positive news conference that gave the media and the fans someone to throw into the fire, but instead turned into a Omar vs Adam Rubin grudge match. I can’t wait to see what Rubin has to write about this altercation.
  8. Stephen Greene July 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    1 down 2 more to go!
    Of course the best thing would be
    if the onwers sold to people would
    wanted to own the Mets and not the Dodgers.
  9. Walnutz15 July 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm
    I am really at a complete-loss for words with this organization.

    The fact that this was made the focal-point of their press conference and announcement, is completely baffling, at best. But then, I think of who this “brain-trust” puts their confidence in — and it’s not shocking at all.

    Minaya’s a puppet for The Wilpons — and was obviously tight with Tony Bernazard, to a certain degree. Jeff Wilpon, by all reports, is a close friend of Bernazard, as well.

    As unprofessional as he was, the management team is still looking out for his best-interests, by floating the story — that a member of the NY media was looking to “take him down”…amidst his pursuit of an executive’s position in MLB.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually thought that this method of “handling things” would somehow keep Bernazard in some kind of positive light… he tries to become the 2nd Latin GM in Major League Baseball.

    It wouldn’t be easy for him, any way it would be sliced…..but doing it “this way” — at least leaves the door open for some stupid franchise to say…..”well, maybe it was a witch-hunt against him” — and hire him eventually.

    Though, I can’t see how any professional franchise would have someone like this at the helm……….except ours, of course.

    Chalk another up for The Dolan….err…..Wilpon “legacy”.

    Complete jokes.


  10. joejanish July 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    With Omar Minaya reminding me of Dumb Donald from Fat Albert, all I can do is submit to my inner Russell and say:

    “Omar, you’ve got NC …. No Class”

  11. Walnutz15 July 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm
    School on Sunday…..agreed, 100%
  12. CatchDog July 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    Joe; is it true that when Omar called out Rubin that Adam took his shirt off and challenged Minaya… and everyone else in the room?

    How ironic that Tony B became a footnote of his own press conference.

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