Mets to investigate exec over clubhouse tirade

BY foxsports • July 23, 2009

The New York Mets plan to investigate reports that vice president of player development Tony Bernazard challenged members of their Double-A Binghamton affiliate to fight him during a postgame tirade.

"We do take these matters seriously and we are going to investigate these reports," general manager Omar Minaya said Wednesday before the Mets finished a three-game series at Washington. "We need to follow up and we plan on doing that."

News of the Mets investigating the matter was first reported by's Ken Rosenthal.

The New York Daily News, citing unidentified sources, reported Wednesday that Bernazard, while visiting the Binghamton Mets early this month, removed his shirt during a clubhouse meeting with players, then challenged them to fisticuffs. Bernazard reportedly directed much of his anger at infielder Jose Coronado, the newspaper said.

Minaya told the newspaper he was aware of the meeting and acknowledged that Bernazard spoke to the minor leaguers in "a stern voice," but said he wasn't privy to details of the reported blowup.

Minaya refused to detail how the investigation would be handled, how long it would take or what possible disciplinary actions could be taken against the 52-year-old Bernazard, who has held his current position since December 2004.

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