You're going to think I'm crazy.......well maybe not all Mets fans based on some recent comments and blog posts I've seen......but one of the biggest problems with the Mets might be their own Assistant General Manager Tony Bernazard. Tony Bernazard is a rat in every sense of the word, he plays the game and it appears he plays it well. He cuddles up to ownership and undermines everyone who stands in his way. Bernazard is the Vice President of Player Relations, which basically is the Assistant GM, and was supposed to build the Mets into a power house in Latin America. Young Latin American ballplayers were supposed to be lining up to sign with the Mets, but that has been far from the case. The Mets have developed very few impact Latin American players, although due to youth that may be a premature statement. They also haven't had the strangle hold on the Latin American pipeline like they were supposed to, they've lost out too many times on the signings of impact players. There is also the constant undermining that seems to be going on when he is around from having Latin American players call him when they have a problem off the field or with a manager or someone from the front office. I know Willie Randolph hated how much Bernazard was on the field and in the clubhouse when he was with the team, and Tony's dirty habit of telling the Latin American players what Randolph said about them in closed door meetings. I might be wrong but I don't think Bernazard would've suddenly become an angel when Jerry became manager.
Fast-Foward to 2010 and you'll see the New York Mets will have Tony Bernazard as their General Manager, and i think its safe to say Bernazards first move will be to make Manny Acta his manager.(That was who Bernazard wanted to replace Randolph) The Mets will also suddenly become that power house in Latin America that they were supposed to be when Omar Minaya became General Manager, but Tony will say that the difference is not because he was gunning for Omars job but because of the renewed commitment the team is making to the Latin American community. Every team has their own rats, those people who seem so determined to work behind their co-workers backs until they get what they want and unfortunately for Mets fans Tony Bernazard is that kind of guy and even more unfortunate is that he seems to have the Wilpons ear.