Bernazard's tirades could cost Minaya
Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.
Tony Bernazard's reported outburst in the clubhouse of the Mets Double-A affiliate in Binghamton is just the tip of the iceberg. And Mets GM Omar Minaya needs to reign him in before it's too late.
Minaya is a loyal man. He protects his employess. And that includes Willie Randolph. Yes, Minaya didn't want to fire Willie. He thought Willie was the right man for the Mets. Unfortunately for Randolph, the Wilpons and Bernazard didn't agree. Minaya was thus forced to relieve Randolph of his managing duties.
Minaya is going to have to face the facts with Bernazard. As close as the two are, Bernazard is not getting the job done and Minaya needs to send him packing before he continues to undermind everything Minaya is trying to do.
Forget about his tirade in Binghamton or even his alleged shouting match with Francisco Rodriguez on the team bus. Bernazard's title is assistant GM and VP of player development. Hence the second half of his title, VP of player development.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Mets youngsters have been absolutely dreadful. None of their minor league call-ups have excelled. Daniel Murphy is hitting .243 and had an absolute nightmarish experience in left field. Prized prospect Fernando Martinez, who has spent more time on the DL than on the field, has been overmatched at the plate.
Nick Evans didn't do much in his two stints up from the minors. Argenis Reyes is nothing but a stop-gap utility infielder. Outside of Angel Pagan, who showed some promise last year and has hit well since coming off the DL, no of the Mets youngsters has shown they are worth a darn.
As harsh as that sounds, it's the truth. You'd figure at least one of the Mets replacements would've shown some promise. Pagan has been the only one. His defense has been above average and he's shown to be a decent contact hitter. He's shown he could be a solid fourth outfielder on a major league squad.
But everyone else, forget it. And that falls on the shoulders of Bernazard. He runs the Mets minor league system. He visits the affiliates. He makes suggestions to Minaya and Jeff Wilpon. So far all has been quiet on the Mets minor league front.
The Mets haven't produced a stud from its minor league system since Jose Reyes and David Wright came up in 2003 and 2004, respectively. That's over half a decade. Mind you that was before Minaya and Bernazard came aboard. That means the Mets have produced nothing during Minaya's reign.
Something's gotta give. And it should be Bernazard. And it should be now.