The New York Mets Fire Tony Bernazard, But Blow the Press Conference

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The New York Mets Fire Tony Bernazard, But Blow the Press Conference

Couldn’t the Mets have just sent out a press release stating that they fired VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard?

Maybe they could have marched out Jay Horwitz to read it. No questions, please.

Or Ron Swoboda could have held court, regaling the media with stories of the ‘69 Mets and finished with, “Oh, by the way, the Mets have fired Tony Bernazard.”

Even having Mr. Met come out with cue cards (THE METS...HAVE FIRED...TONY BERNAZARD) followed by the Pepsi Party Patrol shooting T-shirts into the rows of reporters would have been better than what happened.

Haven’t Fred and Jeff Wilpon seen Omar Minaya speak in front of an audience before?

The Mets can’t even make something as routine as a press conference routine.

Who holds a press conference announcing a behind-the-scenes executive’s firing anyway?

A GM’s? Yes. A manager’s? Yes. But VP of Player Development? No.

When Minaya started attacking the Daily NewsAdam Rubin, I wanted to jump into the TV, run in front of Omar and say, “The press conference is over. Nothing more to see here.” What the heck was he thinking?

I suppose he was trying to cover up his own incompetence by questioning Rubin’s ethics. Even if everything Minaya said was true (which was refuted by Jeff Wilpon and Rubin himself), what was the point of bringing it up? Was everything Rubin wrote true? It sure looks like it.

Bernazard was fired, so it must have been. Calling out the media comes off as sour grapes and juvenile.

The Mets were so close to doing the right thing. So close. Even though Bernazard was hired by Minaya, he was close to Jeff Wilpon, so it wasn’t a slam dunk that Bernazard was going to be fired. But fired he was.

Even when they do something right, it still comes out wrong.

Minaya, of course, had to come out and face the media again, to backtrack (sort of) the whole Adam Rubin angle. Even Jeff Wilpon came out of hiding to make an appearance and defend Rubin. The Mets need to take a seminar on public relations. And fast.

And Minaya needs to take some public speaking classes as soon as possible. If the Mets are going to insist on propping him up as the organization’s mouthpiece, they may need to use an interpreter.

You may occasionally catch a glimpse of a sentence in the rambling incoherence he tries to pass off as public speaking, but it’s not easy. Now the Mets may need to investigate Minaya. It’s time for him to go anyway.

How many embarrassing, disastrous seasons can one man take credit (or blame) for?

Meanwhile, on the field, the players haven’t embarrassed themselves in at least a week.

Don’t look now, but they have a three-game winning streak. And they’ve scored 25 runs in those three games. They’re hitting home runs, triples, hit-and-running, squeezing, moving runners over, and hitting sac flies.

Not only did Fernando Tatis not hit into a double play last night, but he belted a grand slam. They’re even winning when Oliver Perez pitches. Jon Niese threw a great game. Livan Hernandez has recovered to pitch two good games in a row.

The team’s situational hitting has improved. Even Gary, Keith and Ron are back together again.

Now if we can just keep Omar away from the cameras and microphones.

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