Bobby Bo

Quick Hits

Teams:

  • Chicago White Sox (1986)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1991)
  • New York Mets (1992-1995, 1999)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1995-1996)
  • Florida Marlins (1997-1998]
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (1998]
  • Atlanta Braves (2000)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (2001)

Position: Third Base/Outfield

Notables:

  • 6 time All-Star (88,89,90,91,93,94)
  • 3 time Silver Slugger Award winner (88,90,91)
  • Led NL in doubles in 1991 with 44.
  • Hit 287 home runs, 1,173 RBI’s while maintaining a .279 BA in his career.
  • Bobby was managed by Jim Leyland twice in his career. In 1987, Leyland moved Bonilla from third base to outfield after he committed 67 errors in two seasons with the Pirates. The move to outfield formed one of the best outfields in the game, Bonilla, Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke. A team that would win three straight NL East titles from 1990-1992
  • Led the Orioles to the ALCS in 1996.
  • Won a world series with Jim Leyland and the Florida Marlins in 1997.
  • Bonilla hit one of the only thirteen home runs ever hit into the upper deck of Three River Stadium.

A new RFP feature: Bobby Bonilla wearing different jerseys:

Bonilla as a New York Met

  • In 1992, Bonilla was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets. At $25 million, Bonilla was one of the highest paid players in the game. But without his fellow Pirate stars around him, his offensive production dropped.
  • His stay in New York was 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
  • 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.)
  • In 2007, the New York Mets blew a seven-game lead in their final 17 games preventing a playoff berth causing many sportswriters to call it the greatest collapse in baseball history. ESPN’s PAGE 2 gave 40 possible reasons for the collapse with #1 being: “The Curse of Bobby Bonilla”.
  • Here is a Sports Illustrated article from 2006 detailing the past troubles of the Mets including the ghost of Bobby Bonilla.

Interview with Bobby after winning the World Series (Link)

Once again, we have another RFP who made a few cameos in his day. Bonnila appeared in “Rookie of the Year” and an episode of “New York Undercover”. Bonilla’s IMDB page. On his IMDB page his “STARmeter” is actually up 6% from last week. However, I cannot click the “why?” button because I don’t have an IMDB Pro account.

Another great RFP reference, while playing in the minor leagues in 1985, Bobby Bonilla broke his leg while colliding with another great RFP: Bip Roberts.

When I played baseball in my backyard growing up, most of the time I would pretend to be Griffey. I would sometimes even stretch it to John Kruk. But this kid wanted to be Bobby Bonilla all the way growing up:

Will Bonilla make it to the Hall of Fame? (Link)

Sources:

wikipedia

Klapisch, Bob. “1992 taught Mets a chemistry lesson“, 200202-26.

Edes, Gordon. “It’s a trial of hits and errors“, 200705-25.

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