If ever there was a time to fire Tony Bernazard this is it. The guy rumored to have been pulling the strings behind the scenes of the ridiculous Willie Randolph firing (not that Willie shouldn’t have been fired but it obviously went down badly) has finally hit the point of no return.
At a recent game at Citi Field, scouts had assembled in a row of seats behind home plate. Mets VP Tony Bernazard showed up during play and wanted a seat occupied by a young Diamondbacks scout. Bernazardâ€™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 then ripped into his Ivy League-educated deputy with a profanity-laced tirade, mortifying observers in the section.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Rubin reports in today’s edition that “Bernazard removed his shirt and challenged the Double-A players to a fight during a postgame tirade”. That’s right, ha actually challenged a group of minor leaguers to a fight.
Almost since his first day on the job there have been stories about Bernazard’s behavior. Until now the biggest one has been his rumored role in the way Randolph was fired but there have been many other stories of his unprofessional behavior. I think these latest tirades gives Omar Minaya no choice but to fire him once and for all.
Addendum: The fight story was picked up by MLB.com.