Whether the accusations, which I document below, are true, there's certainly enough to warrant his dismissal. I'm not sure what's worse, ownership dragging its feet (GM Omar Minaya said he's "investigating" this, 13 times in his press conference), or the hit the team as a whole has taken in the media for this entire circus. It's bad enough they've been an embarrassment on the field, but now it's extended off-the-field. I am surprised the Wilpons haven't acted, given how their main concern seems to have always been the bottom line and this can't be helping current attendance and future renewals, but I guess if you are in good with the owner's son, who is a key member of management, all your failings get to be overlooked.
Adam Rubin reported in Wednesday's NY Daily News that Bernazard, already notorious for his alleged influence in the firing of Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson a year ago, apparently was so incensed on a trip to observe the Mets' Double-A Binghamton team that he ripped off his shirt in the clubhouse after a game and challenged the players to a fight. In addition, the News reported Tuesday that Bernazard 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.
As a Mets fan and ticket plan holder, I'm embarrassed by what's gone on between the white lines but it's the direction of the organization as a whole that's most troubling. Personally, I would love to see sweeping changes, with Bernazard, Minaya, the scouting director gone and the Wilpons to sell, but if not, start with Bernazard to try and restore some of the luster back to what is now, a sorry-sack franchise. Oh and by the way Omar, watch your back, since Bernanzard is so close with Jeff Wilpon, for all we know, you could be let go and Bernazard stays. If that happens, cancel my tickets now.