The New York Mets have fired team executive Tony Bernazard following his recent outburst in the minor leagues.
A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Monday that Bernazard was let go. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there had not been an official announcement.
The Mets called a news conference before Monday night’s game against Colorado.
Bernazard was the vice president of player development for the Mets. The team had been investigating a report that he challenged members of their Double-A Binghamton affiliate to fight him during a postgame tirade this month.
A scrappy infielder in the majors from 1979-1991, the 52-year-old Bernazard had held the Mets job since December 2004. Prior to that post, he was a special assistant to the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Mets general manager Omar Minaya recently said he would look into Bernazard’s actions.
“We’ll sit down and talk this weekend,” Minaya said earlier this month. “We’ll sit down with the owners and see how we’re going to handle it.”
The New York Daily News reported that while visiting the Binghamton Mets, Bernazard took off his shirt while talking in the clubhouse to players and challenged them to a fight.
Indians’ Abreu, Wedge suspended
Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge and pitcher Winston Abreu were suspended and fined Monday after the reliever plunked a Seattle hitter during Cleveland’s 10-3 win Saturday.
Abreu received a three-game ban less than a month after he was traded to the Indians and Wedge was suspended for one game. Neither opted to appeal the ruling.
Bench coach Jeff Datz ran the team for opener of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Twins’ Slowey to miss rest of season
Minnesota Twins right-handed starter Kevin Slowey says he will likely miss the rest of the season after having surgery to fix a bone chip in his right wrist.
Slowey told reporters that the operation requires two to four months of rehab and recovery.
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