In a story that he’s been pursuing for a while, Adam Rubin this morning wrote an abolute must-read about Mets VP Tony Bernazard’s behavior:
VP for player development Tony Bernazard removed his shirt and challenged the Double-A players to a fight during a postgame tirade, multiples sources told the Daily News.
Bernazard particularly went after middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, using a slang term associated with a woman’s anatomy, a source indicated.
GM Omar Minaya acknowledged Bernazard spoke to the B-Mets in a “stern voice,” but said he had no knowledge of the scope being portrayed.
“I know he did have a team meeting with them,” Minaya told the Daily News. “It was not a ‘you-guys-have-been-great meeting.’ I know he spoke to them in a stern voice. But as far as what he was wearing, what kind of shoes he was wearing, I don’t know anything about that.”
This is hardly the only clubhouse tirade from Bernazard this year, but it’s the one that most clearly crosses the line. Remember, the players held a players-only meeting in the days after the alleged incident.