The Mystery of Tony Bernazard
New York tabloids and media outlets are some of the best in digging up the dirt on the city’s biggest names.
True to form, the New York Daily News recently broke a story that permanently defames a name New Yorkers have come to loathe, Tony Bernazard.
Bernazard, who has become the most famous VP of player development in Major League history, exposed the problems that plague the Mets' front office, by exposing himself to minor leaguers in a recent tirade.
Naturally, everyone is calling for Bernazard’s head.
His behavior is embarrassing. He comes off as spoiled and condescending to virtually anyone he talks to. And most importantly, all evidence shows he stinks at his job.
His job is to scout talent, which could develop into valuable prospects that can be flipped to another team, or simply work their way up into the organization.
Has Bernazard done that? Let’s see what the facts show.
Throughout his tenure, there have only been two instances in which the Mets were compelled to deal top prospects for elite veterans. In the winters of 2005 and 2007, they dealt a total of seven upper-level prospects for Carlos Delgado and Johan Santana, respectively.
Other trades have yielded the Mets regular starters such as Brian Schneider, Ryan Church, and Luis Castillo.
Meanwhile, the farm system has produced a scarcity of homegrown talent.
Starter Mike Pelfrey, reliever Bobby Parnell, and first baseman Daniel Murphy have all been the only regular starters that emerged from the farm system since 2005. None of the three have found stability in their performances.
While this is partially an indictment on the forgettable Jim Duquette era, there doesn’t appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel, which puts the blame squarely on the shoulders on Omar Minaya and his group of scouts.
The Mets' farm system is currently regarded as middle of the pack, but it appears most of the talent is allotted in the lower-level farms.
This means that an infusion of youth is still multiple years away, which also means the Mets will have waited roughly five years to reap the benefits of homegrown talent in the Omar Minaya-Tony Bernazard era.
Essentially, this means that in recent years, the Mets' farm system has yielded: an ace, one and a half years of dominance out of first base, an inconsistent setup man, a No. 3 starter, an average catcher, an average corner outfielder, and a decent second baseman.
Even if you exclude the disgraceful behavior, the clear attempts to disregard his cohorts, and overall poor attitude, is Bernazard worthy of maintaining his job based off of player performance?
It is certainly tough to decide, but including the concrete evidence of irresponsible and deplorable behavior amongst his players and peers, there is no substantial reasoning to keep Bernazard.
Yet, it appears the Mets will. Why is this?
Clearly, there is a bond within the triangle of the Wilpons, Minaya, and Bernazard that the media and fans alike are excluded from. Bernazard’s background in baseball is vague other then a pedestrian playing career.
After retiring in 1991, information on his whereabouts is seemingly unattainable. His resurgence in 2004 with the Mets is Bernazard’s only history in baseball since his retirement.
To attain a job of this importance, Bernazard must have been a scout for a lengthy period of time, right? Most likely, but there is no public record of it (at least not on the Google and Yahoo! search engines).
So where is this man’s credibility? How come he still has a job in the Mets' front office? For participating in a multitude of public shouting matches and openly having snake-like principles, Bernazard still remains a mystery.
For everyone’s sake, let’s hope his facade is torn down soon.
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