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Chip R
07-22-2009, 11:26 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4347145

Unassisted
07-22-2009, 12:12 PM
Chip, you should have included the word "shirtless" in the title. That's the funniest detail. :D

Chip R
07-22-2009, 12:15 PM
Chip, you should have included the word "shirtless" in the title. That's the funniest detail. :D


Fixed. :lol:

edabbs44
07-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Amazing. And people think it is embarrassing being a Reds fan.

MrCinatit
07-22-2009, 03:10 PM
One of the things that set Tony Bernazard off was a guy going 1-6?
Dude realizes that practically translates to his lifetime batting average, right?
OK, not quite, but you get the picture.

CTA513
07-22-2009, 03:19 PM
Anyone take him up on his offer?

flyer85
07-22-2009, 03:25 PM
If it was a "her" I bet it would have gotten their attention.

Team Clark
07-22-2009, 03:53 PM
Not shocked, not surprised and nothing will come of it. (At least from Minaya) Tip of the iceberg. Only ownership involvement would change anything.

Big Klu
07-22-2009, 05:06 PM
I wonder if Adam Dunn will call him and ask him if he has his shirt on.

RBA
07-23-2009, 10:58 AM
Without reading the link, I was wondering if George Costanza moved from the Yankees organization to the Mets. ;)

klw
07-23-2009, 11:11 AM
Minaya said that he had spoken with Bernazard, who has returned to his home in Princeton, N.J.

He probably just got homesick and grumpy from being away from Hoagie Haven for too long.

Johnny Footstool
07-23-2009, 07:57 PM
Shirtless Tony Bernazard.

My new band has a name.

The Baumer
07-23-2009, 09:25 PM
I don't get why this is funny. Removing the shirt prevents the other fighter(s) from pulling it over your head, blinding you, or using it to pull you off balance. If anything, this shows me that he is a responsible brawler.

KoryMac5
07-23-2009, 11:45 PM
Not shocked, not surprised and nothing will come of it. (At least from Minaya) Tip of the iceberg. Only ownership involvement would change anything.

It's my understanding that the man in question is very good friends with the Wilpon's and that this is not the first incident. The New York media had a field day with this today as several stories came out detailing some pretty bad behavior. Here's a link detailing some of the behavior.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2009/07/23/2009-07-23_omar_minaya_fire_tony_bernazard.html

Brutus
07-23-2009, 11:50 PM
Without reading the link, I was wondering if George Costanza moved from the Yankees organization to the Mets. ;)

Nope. You will recall Wilhelm passed him up for the Director of Scouting position. lol

Mainspark
07-24-2009, 01:44 AM
Presumably this is the same Tony Bernazard who was a decent-hitting second baseman for the White Sox and Indians in the 1980s.

Johnny Footstool
07-24-2009, 02:42 PM
Presumably this is the same Tony Bernazard who was a decent-hitting second baseman for the White Sox and Indians in the 1980s.

Yep, that is verified in a paragraph at the end of the article.

Johnny Footstool
07-24-2009, 02:42 PM
I don't get why this is funny. Removing the shirt prevents the other fighter(s) from pulling it over your head, blinding you, or using it to pull you off balance. If anything, this shows me that he is a responsible brawler.

...or a bad-tempered exhibitionist.

CTA513
07-24-2009, 03:09 PM
It looks like hes not only causing trouble with the minor league players but also with the Mets closer:


BERNANZARD, K-ROD BATTLED ON METS' BUS

By BART HUBBUCH

Last updated: 7:30 pm
July 22, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Initial signs indicate Tony Bernazard's job is safe for now, but the Mets' embattled vice president of player development is on shaky ground.

Bernazard has been sent home to New Jersey after the Mets announced they are investigating the hot-headed former big-league second baseman over a series of bizarre incidents in recent weeks.

"We do take these matters very seriously, and we are going to investigate these things, investigate these reports," Omar Minaya said at a hastily called news conference at Nationals Park before tonight's game.


It turns out that ripping his shirt off and challenging minor-league players to fight him isn't even Bernazard's most recent display of outrageous conduct.

All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez confirmed he exchanged angry words with Bernazard on the team bus last week in Atlanta.

"Yeah [it happened], but I'm not going to talk about that," Rodriguez told The Post before the game. "Not going to get into it."

Another veteran starting player, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post Bernazard is having a cancerous effect on the Mets' clubhouse.

"That guy is crazy," the player said. "No one like[s] him."

A team source also confirmed the incident with K-Rod, which came to light hours after a published report said Bernazard, 53, cursed at the Double-A Binghamton Mets and challenged them to a fight in a wild postgame scene in the clubhouse in Binghamton two weeks ago.

Early indications from several team sources are that Bernazard, who is close to Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, will not be fired despite a long pattern of behind-the-scenes skullduggery since Minaya helped get Bernazard hired in December 2004.

Friends of former manager Willie Randolph told The Post last summer that Randolph held Bernazard -- with an assist from Randolph's replacement, Jerry Manuel -- responsible for orchestrating his midseason firing.

But a source said the Mets' patience with Bernazard isn't endless and that management could change its mind if more ugly incidents come to light.

As well as being sent home, the indication is that Bernazard will not be traveling with the parent club or visiting its affiliates anytime soon. Assistant GM John Ricco, not Bernazard, will be traveling with the Mets in Houston this weekend while Minaya scouts the Mets' system.

"I've talked to him [and] I'll continue to talk to him," Minaya said of Bernazard. "I'll talk to him this weekend. I'll notify him that we're going to investigate these things and sit down with our owners [and say], 'Hey, look, how are we going to handle this?' "

Minaya did not say when he expects to finish the investigation of Bernazard but admitted the team is chagrined by the incidents.

"Put it this way: You never like to have these things, you never like to have these reports out there," Minaya said. "When you have a big department, these things happen. What you need to do once reports are out is ... look at them."

Manuel, whose comments about the medical staff got him in hot water with management recently, sidestepped the entire Bernazard issue.

"From what I understand, that's probably more of an issue for Omar," Manuel said. "So I would really not even go there. That's not my area. Ask me about these 25 guys [on the Mets' roster]."


http://www.nypost.com/seven/07222009/sports/mets/bernanzard__k_rod_battled_on_mets_bus_180745.htm

Chip R
07-24-2009, 03:10 PM
Roid rage?

cincinnati chili
07-26-2009, 11:44 PM
[Tearing off shirt]
You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Jerry?!!!

WMR
07-27-2009, 03:51 PM
The shirtless idiot got fired.

RichRed
07-27-2009, 03:56 PM
Shirtless and jobless - sounds like the makings of a "Cops" episode.

Team Clark
07-27-2009, 04:00 PM
Good move by the Mets. The Reds had, and still have, a couple characters like this. It really drains an organization. No reason for that much tension.

CTA513
07-27-2009, 04:11 PM
The shirtless idiot got fired.

Did he have to fight someone to keep his job and he ended up losing? or did they just tell him hes fired?

:D

redsmetz
07-28-2009, 07:36 AM
The news conference took a weird turn with Minaya hanging the reporter out to dry. From today's NY Times:


In a most unprofessional swerve of emotion, General Manager Omar Minaya then tried to deflect blame toward a reporter, Adam Rubin of The Daily News, who has been writing articles documenting the behavior of Bernazard. Minaya said Rubin had been “lobbying” for a job in development with the Mets, suggesting that his ambition had fueled the negative stories.

Several hours later, before the Mets’ 7-3 victory over Colorado, Minaya apologized for his comments, accompanied by the Mets’ chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon. Wilpon insisted he had not known Minaya would make those comments but he admitted, as Rubin had confirmed, that the two of them had generally discussed job prospects in baseball, and Wilpon said he saw nothing wrong in that kind of conversation.

Maybe not, but Minaya was certainly willing to use the reporter’s name and possible ambition to avenge the firing of Bernazard, a friend. Minaya seemed clearly shaken in both appearances, during a bizarre season that has been lurching downward with injuries and disappointments.

This pratfall is virtually irreparable; it suggests that the Mets’ hierarchy had shared information about Rubin, and that Minaya, however spontaneously or emotionally, had felt the need to let it fly in a news conference.

hebroncougar
07-28-2009, 08:36 AM
What a way to tick off players, call them out, and tell them they should be winning games.