Omar Minaya: The Most Unprofessional Executive In Baseball?

Victor FiloromoCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 23:  General Manager Omar Minaya of the New York Mets speaks to the media prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners on June 23, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Did that seriously just happen?

Did Omar Minaya really just do that?

And, did Adam Rubin just get accused of that?

In an almost astonishing turn of events, the New York Mets managed to mess up a media move that seemed like it would have been a home run.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya sat down to talk to the media about the firing of Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Development Tony Bernazard.

Bernazard was accused last week of challenging players with the Mets' Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Mets, to a fight in the clubhouse after a game.

The incident reportedly took place about 10 days after the All-Star Break according to the New York Daily News' Adam Rubin. Rubin first reported the story last Wednesday.

Bernazard apparently has a lengthy history of negative actions. Along with challenging the minor-league players to a fight, he was also accused of using profanity and yelling at a Mets employee at Citi Field, in an attempt to get a Diamondbacks scout to move from his seat.

He was also charged with confronting Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez on the team bus earlier in the season.

So it's no surprise that Bernazard, 52, was let go by the Mets earlier today.

What ensued was a complete surprise.

Midway through the press conference, Minaya explained that Rubin had lobbied for a player development position within the Mets organization in past years. Rubin's facial reaction was one of shock and surprise.

Rubin asked whether Minaya was alleging that he wrote the story about Bernazard because he wanted to see him fired, thus having a chance at a job of his own within the organization.

While Minaya hastily deflected the allegations, the back and forth between Rubin and Minaya went on.

Minaya continued to stumble over his words throughout the rest of the press conference, but the damage had been done.

Whether or not Rubin wrote the story to defame Bernazard certainly could be questioned. However, what else would be the reasoning for his firing just five days after the story was first reported?

If the story was false, Bernazard would not have been fired. It seems as if this was the straw that had broke the camel's back. Bernazard, for lack of better terms, had three strikes against him.

Minaya went on to say that Bernazard was not well liked by everybody, but explained that he was a good baseball man.

Funny, because Omar Minaya isn't one. No general manager or any man with any shred of pride should have ever seen this happen thanks to their own doing in a public press conference. This stuff shouldn't have even been thrown around at the water cooler between Minaya and front-office cronies.

Attacking Rubin was an absolutely despicable thing to do.

It appears that if the Mets are going to do things, they're going to do them with no lack of excitement.

Listen, this hasn't been a fun year for the Mets. The last two and a half seasons haven't been fun.

With Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran all on the disabled list for extended periods of time, the Mets certainly have seen a drop-off in talent and a drop-off in the standings. 

That doesn't give Minaya the liberty to drop his frustrations on a beat writer.

Rubin explained after the press conference that he was "floored" by the accusations and wondered how he would cover the team the way he wanted to ever again.

Yeah, no kidding.