Bobby Bonilla


Bobby Bonilla

Infobox MLB retired
name=Bobby Bonilla
position=Third baseman / Outfielder
bats=Both
throws=Right
birthdate=birth date and age|1963|2|23
Bronx, New York
debutdate=April 9
debutyear=by|1986
debutteam=Chicago White Sox
finaldate=October 7
finalyear=by|2001
finalteam=St. Louis Cardinals
stat1label=Batting average
stat1value=.279
stat2label=Home runs
stat2value=287
stat3label=Runs batted in
stat3value=1,173
teams=
* Chicago White Sox (by|1986)
* Pittsburgh Pirates (by|1986-by|1991)
* New York Mets (by|1992-by|1995, by|1999)
* Baltimore Orioles (by|1995-by|1996)
* Florida Marlins (by|1997-by|1998)
* Los Angeles Dodgers (by|1998)
* Atlanta Braves (by|2000)
* St. Louis Cardinals (by|2001)
highlights=
* 6x All-Star selection (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995)
* 3x Silver Slugger Award winner (1988, 1990, 1991)
* Led NL in doubles in 1991 with 44

Roberto Martin Antonio "Bobby" Bonilla (pronEng|boʊˈniːjə, born February 23, 1963 in The Bronx, New York) is a former player in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 2001. Known in his playing days as "Bobby Bo," Bonilla is of Puerto Rican descent.

Bonilla was signed out of high school by Pittsburgh Pirates scout Syd Thrift. His rise through the Pirates' farm system came to a halt during spring training in 1985 when he broke his right leg in a collision with teammate Bip Roberts. The White Sox then acquired him through the Rule 5 Draft. After making his major league debut with Chicago, Bonilla was regularly hazed by veteran players and Negro League Baseball star Buck O'Neil who put shaving cream in his shoes. Syd Thrift, then the Pirates' General Manager, reacquired the unhappy Bonilla in exchange for pitcher Jose DeLeon.

Bonilla became the Pirates' starting third baseman in 1987 but after committing a whopping 67 errors over his next two seasons at the hot corner, manager Jim Leyland moved him to right field. There he formed a formidable combination alongside stars Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke and helped propel the Pittsburgh Pirates to two of their three straight NL East titles from 1990-1992.

In 1992, he was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets to a (then) very lucrative 5 year, $25 million contract. But without his fellow Pirate stars around him, his offensive production dropped. His stay in New York would also be marred by a number of incidents, such as threatening sportswriter Bob Klapisch that he would "show him the Bronx" in response to his book on the 1992 Mets, "The Worst Team Money Could Buy: The Collapse Of The New York Mets" (ISBN 0-8032-7822-5). [cite news|url=http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyNjgmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTI2MTgxNTgmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk5|first=Bob|last=Klapisch|title= 1992 taught Mets a chemistry lesson|date=2002-02-26] On another occasion, he called the press box during a game to complain about an error that he was charged with (later attempting to explain by saying he was calling to check up on the PR director's cold.) [cite news|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/05/25/its_a_trial_of_hits_and_errors/?page=3|first=Gordon|last=Edes|title= It's a trial of hits and errors|date=2007-05-25]

Finally, in 1995, Bonilla was traded by the Mets with a player to be named later to the Baltimore Orioles for Damon Buford and Alex Ochoa.

After helping the Orioles to the ACLS in 1996, he was once again granted free agency and signed with the Florida Marlins. Reunited with his old manager, Jim Leyland, he helped the Marlins win the 1997 World Series.

In 1999, the New York Mets reacquired Bonilla from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Mel Rojas. Again, his level of play did not measure up to expectations and he had numerous clashes with manager Bobby Valentine over lack of playing time. His tenure in New York culminated in an infamous incident during Game Six of the 1999 NLCS where the Mets were eliminated by the Braves in a gut-wrenching eleven inning game while Bonilla reportedly sat in the clubhouse playing cards with teammate Rickey Henderson.

When the New York Mets placed Bonilla on unconditional waivers in 2000, they agreed to pay out the remainder of his contract by deferring the remaining $5.9 million, instead giving him 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20 each July 1 from 2011 to 2035, for a total of $29,831,205. [ [http://www.nj.com/weblogs/mets/index.ssf?/mtlogs/njo_mets/archives/2006_01.html NJ.com: Weblogs ] ]

In 2001, he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, but was released due to an injury and the success of his replacement, Albert Pujols. (It is erroneously believed that Bonilla's injury was the only reason Pujols made the 2001 Cardinals; in reality, Pujols had an excellent spring training and had already earned a spot before the injury.) He played his final game on October 7th, 2001. He also played from 1984 to 1988 with the Mayaguez Indians of the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Overall, Bobby Bonilla was a six-time All-Star, and had career statistics of 2010 hits, 287 home runs, 1173 runs batted in, and a career .279 batting average.

Bonilla hit one of the only thirteen home runs ever hit into the upper deck of Three Rivers Stadium, and one of the six to the right-field side. Willie Stargell is the all-time leader in upper deck shots at the stadium, hitting four of the remaining five right-field blasts; Mark Whiten hit the other. The left-field upper deck had been reached by Jeff Bagwell twice, and Bob Robertson, Greg Luzinski, Howard Johnson, Glenallen Hill and Devon White (his home run struck the facade) once each. [ [http://www.mindspring.com/~gearhard/stadiums.html#upperdeck] ]

Bonilla also made a cameo in the movie "Rookie of the Year".

ee also

* Top 500 home run hitters of all time
* List of major league players with 2,000 hits
* List of Major League Baseball players with 400 doubles
* List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs
* List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 RBI
* List of Major League Baseball doubles champions

Notes

External links

*imdb name|id=0094607|name=Bobby Bonilla


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bonilla — is a surname, and may refer to: *Bobby Bonilla – American baseball player who played from 1986 to 2001 in Major League Baseball. *Daryl Bonilla – Hawaiian actor, comedian, and professional wrestler. *George Bonilla – Film director for Zombie… …   Wikipedia

  • Bobby (given name) — Infobox Given Name Revised name = Bobby imagesize= caption= pronunciation= gender = meaning = region = origin = related names = footnotes = Bobby is a diminutive of the Christian names Robert (♂) and Roberta (♀) (also spelling Bobbie )People (in… …   Wikipedia

  • Daryl Bonilla — (born February 16, 1975 in Honolulu, Hawai i[1]) is an actor, comedian, professional wrestler and founder of the Hawaii based professional wrestling company Action Zone Wrestling (AZW), where he serves as booker, announcer and wrestler. Contents… …   Wikipedia

  • Marc Bonilla — Live in Concert with California Transit Authority Background information Birth name Marc Bonilla Marc Bonilla is …   Wikipedia

  • Série mondiale 1997 — Sommaire 1 Équipes en présence 2 Déroulement de la Série 2.1 Calendrier des rencontres 2.2 Match 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • World Series 1997 — Série mondiale 1997 Sommaire 1 Équipes en présence 2 Déroulement de la Série 2.1 Calendrier des rencontres 2.2 Match 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 1997 World Series — Infobox World Series Expanded year = 1997 champion = Florida Marlins (4) champion manager = Jim Leyland champion games = 92 70, .568, GB: 9 runnerup = Cleveland Indians (3) runnerup manager = Mike Hargrove runnerup games = 86 75, .534, GA: 6 date …   Wikipedia

  • 1996 American League Division Series — Infobox LDS alds = yes year = 1996 champion1 = Baltimore Orioles (3) champion1 manager = Davey Johnson champion1 games = 88 74, .543, GB: 4 runnerup1 = Cleveland Indians (1) runnerup1 manager = Mike Hargrove runnerup1 games = 99 62, .615, GA: 14½ …   Wikipedia

  • History of the New York Mets — The history of the New York Mets began in 1962 when the team was introduced as part of the National League s first expansion of the 20th century. The team s history includes two World Series championships and four National League pennants.… …   Wikipedia

  • List of baseball nicknames — Baseball nicknames have become an integral part of the sport s culture: In no sport are nicknames more pervasive than baseball. [1] This is a list of nicknames of Major League Baseball teams and players. It includes a complete list of nicknames… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.