Ex-Mariner Bernazard Challenges Entire Minor League Team to a Fight

Remember second baseman Tony Bernazard's tenure with the Mariners? We'll forgive even the most hard-core M's fan for letting this one slip her memory; Bernazard played but 80 games in Seattle blues in 1983, batting .267. But his time in town was significant due to the beloved second-sackers he was swapped for: Early franchise fave Julio Cruz was traded to the White Sox to fetch Bernazard, who was subsequently traded to Cleveland after the season for mustachioed overachiever Jack Perconte (the corpse of Gorman Thomas also came to Seattle in that trade).

Yet Bernazard has found a way not to slip our memories entirely. He's now a member of the New York Met front office, where, among other allegations of hot-headedness, he reportedly challenged the organization's entire AA team to a fight, mano a many-more-menso, an outburst thought to be brought on by the team's collective dry spell at the plate.

Reports ESPN: "Mets executive Tony Bernazard reportedly challenged the club's Double-A team to fight him during a recent postgame tirade. Bernazard, the team's vice president for player development, pulled off his shirt and challenged the Double-A Binghamton Mets in the tirade, about 10 days before the All-Star break. He in particular targeted middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, according to the [NY Daily News] report...Binghamton had gone 1-6 during an early July homestand that coincided with the outburst, losing three of those games by at least seven runs...Allegations of underage drinking on the team were apparently another factor in Bernazard's tirade, an organization source said."

Jean-Claude, you've got company.

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