Mets' Executive Challenged Players to Fistfight

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The New York Mets will conduct an investigation into reports that vice president of player development Tony Bernazard earlier this month challenged members of their Double-A Binghamton affiliate to fight him during a postgame tirade.

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Wednesday before the Mets
finished a three-game series at Washington that the club is taking the report seriously.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday morning that Bernazard, while visiting the Binghamton Mets in early July, removed his shirt during a clubhouse meeting with team members, then challenged them to fisticuffs. Bernazard reportedly directed much of his anger at infielder Jose Coronado, the newspaper wrote.