Last October, Mets’ Tony Bernazard was one of eight people to interview for the Mariners’ GM job that went to Jack Zduriencik. A former Mariner player, Bernazard wasn’t one of the four candidates asked back for a second interivew (those were Zduriencik, Kim Ng of the Dodgers, Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays and Jerry DiPoto of the Diamondbacks).
I bring this up because Bernazard finds himself today splashed in the middle of the New York tabloids. And it’s not a place he want to be, not with the Mets already in midst of a collapse that has put the jobs of GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel on the chopping block.
Bernazard, the Mets’ VP of minor league operations, supposedly lost his cool while addressing the Mets’ Binghampton Class AA farm team, ripped off his shirt in the clubhouse and challenged the team to a fight after a game. That’s after a reported recent incident in which Bernazard supposedly berated a Mets underling with a profanity-laced tirade in the stands at Citi Field.
And here’s one more story of a Bernazard outburst.
I don’t know what kind of GM Bernazard would have been, but it sounds like he’s definitely got issues in New York.