Report: Mets VP Bernazard challenges minor leaguers to fight
Things are quickly going from bad to worse for the New York Mets.
In a surreal turn to a fast-sinking season, the
According to the report, Bernazard pulled off his shirt and challenged some members of the Double-A Binghamton Mets during a postgame tirade. Bernazard's actions came about 10 days before the All-Star break, according to the report, and that he particularly targeted second baseman Jose Coronado. A source told the
Mets general manager Omar Minaya acknowledged that Bernazard spoke to the minor leaguers in a "stern voice," according to the report, but did not have a sense of the tenor and content of the speech. "I know he did have a team meeting with them," Minaya told the
An organization source told the
The 52-year-old Bernazard has been portrayed by various news media reports as someone who undercut former Mets manager Willie Randolph prior to his firing last June. That firing was announced in an e-mail at 12:14 a.m. PT, after Randolph had traveled to the West Coast with the team.
A former major league second baseman, Bernazard played for six teams during 10 seasons and finished as a career .262 hitter. He also played for Nankai and Fukuoka in Japan. After his retirement in 1991, he worked for the players union as a special assistant to the executive director, Donald Fehr. The