May 30, 2016

Former Mets Second Round Draft Pick: Dwight Bernard (1978-1979)

Dwight Bernard was born May 31, 1952 in Mt. Vernon Illinois. The six foot two right hander attended Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. He was the Mets second round draft pick in 1974 and went 7-4 with the AA Victoria Mets that season.

He was promoted to AAA Tidewater the next season going 9-9 behind Craig Swan, Randy Sterling & Bill Laxton. He would pitch at AAA Tidewater for four seasons winning nine games again in 1977 going 9-13.

He cracked the depleted Met bullpen in 1978, debuting on June 29th in relief against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. On July 30th he blew a save in Houston & took a loss to the Astros. In September he was 1-4 blowing a win & a hold opportunity. He went 1-4 in 1978 making 30 appearances with 26 strike outs & 27 walks in 48 innings with a 4.31 ERA. The next year was worse as he made 17 appearances, but had a 4.50 ERA in late May when he was sent to AAA Tidewater.

He returned in August going 0-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 appearances. He allowed 59 hits & 26 walks in just 44 innings pitched. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in the off season for pitcher Mark Bomback. Bernard toiled in the minors in 1980 then was a member of the Brewers 1982 AL Champion pennant team.

He made 47 appearances, with six holds going went 3-1 with a 3.76 ERA. He saved six games on days when Brewer ace reliever Rollie Fingers was resting. Bernard pitched four scoreless innings in the post season, including one inning of relief in Game #6 of the World Series’ against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bernard then pitched in the minors for three seasons, through 1985.

In his four year career he was 4-8 with six saves in 115 games. He struck out 92 batters walked 86 in 176 innings pitched. Bernard became a long time AAA pitching coaching, most recently with Tacoma.

1 comment:

Late 70's Nightmare said...

I didn't know he went on to some success with the 1982 Brewers.But when a team is in a rebuilding stage,its' young prospects take on a higher profile,especially the pitchers.So when I think of the late 70's Mets,the disheveled appearance of this guy jumps to mind as one symbol of a team going nowhere and repulsive to watch: the wonderful Mets uniform graced for a decade by the clean-cut Tom Terrific,then sullied by a weirdo who better brings back memories of those other 1969 events like Woodstock and John Lennon's bed-ins.He's one of those "2-name basis" guys: Say "Dwight Bernard" to anyone who remembers that time and only instant chuckling is the normal response.