Reprecussions positive and negative:
1.) Obviously Bernazard had to go. Yes, I don't trust Rubin and I think that was a hit piece, but Bernazard's behavior and comportment has no place in any profession, and it's about time he got what was coming to him. He was competent, but hardly irreplaceable.
2.) I would not be surprised if Fred Wilpon actually did still root for the Dodgers. If he devoted half of his exqusite P.R. sensitivity to the business of being in command of a baseball team, the Mets would be perpetual playoff locks. Ergo, a debacle like this was pretty much the only thing that gives Mets fans strong grounds for hoping that Omar Minaya is demoted from his position at GM. His talents are undeniable, but the evidence that he is, all in all, the wrong man for the job is now overwhelming.
1.) I am no fan of Adam Rubin, and my impression of him is that he is smart enough to realize that the copious quantities of ink trashing the Mets farm system are spent in the service of intellectual dishonesty and just plain dishonesty. I would not be the least surprised if he was in fact belittling the Mets farm in order to push key players out of their posts so as to attain a position in player development. Rubin, being fairly intelligent, comes off looking way too good when pitted against Minaya's rambling, incoherent codswallop. On a better note, there is little chance that the Wilpons will now take the P.R. risk of rewarding him with such a position, as it would simply raise suspicions further.
2.) If Omar gets fired, the N.Y. media might be dangerously emboldened. The N.Y. media have displayed too much influence already and Omar would have been much better off throwing Bernazard under a bus and making the decision seem like a no-brainer so that the media would have played the traditional role of informing rather than becoming agitators and advocates, and--even worse, getting its way. If the media were to become even more powerful in this town than it is, be prepared for 100 years of baseball futility.