In his four decades with MZ Berger & Company, Bernie Mermelstein has helped grow the timepiece and accessories manufacturer into an international, family-run enterprise with offices in New York City, Toronto, and Hong Kong. When not busy leading the company as chief executive officer, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys taking his grandson to Boston Red Sox games.
The annual three-day, 40-round Major League Baseball Amateur Draft presents franchises with an opportunity to replenish their minor league systems and find promising players for the future. The Red Sox held the 24th overall pick in the 2017 draft and selected six-foot-five, 220-pound, right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck.
Through three seasons with the University of Missouri, Houck compiled an earned run average (ERA) of 3.26 and recorded 292 strikeouts in 301 innings. He was signed to a contract on June 21 and began his first professional season with the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, where he has a 3.48 ERA and has struck out 12 batters through 10.1 innings.