22 Facts About Bobby Bonilla


Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla is an American former professional baseball third baseman and outfielder who played in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 2001.

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Bobby Bonilla was one of the Major League's best batters and overall top players in the late 1980s and early 1990s with powerful hitting strength, as well as a part of the highly successful and pennant contending Pittsburgh Pirates organization around the same time.

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Bobby Bonilla recorded impressive statistics in home runs, RBIs, doubles, extra base hits, Wins Above Replacement averages, as well as four All-Star selections, three Silver Slugger Awards and was a top candidate for the National League's Most Valuable Player award during his tenure with the Pirates.

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Bobby Bonilla led the league in extra base hits during the 1990 MLB season and doubles during the 1991 MLB season.

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Bobby Bonilla earned two additional All-Star appearances and helped the Florida Marlins win the 1997 World Series.

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Bobby Bonilla was not selected in the 1981 Major League Baseball draft and spent a semester at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York pursuing a degree in computer science.

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Bobby Bonilla was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates after being spotted by scout Syd Thrift at a baseball camp in Europe.

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Bobby Bonilla's 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.

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Bobby Bonilla played from 1984 to 1988 with the Mayaguez Indians of the Puerto Rican Winter League.

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Bobby Bonilla became the Pirates' starting third baseman in 1987, but after committing 67 errors over his next two seasons, manager Jim Leyland moved him to right field.

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Bobby Bonilla led the league in extra base hits in 1990, and in doubles in 1991.

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Bobby Bonilla won three Silver Slugger Awards and made the All-Star team four years in a row.

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Bobby Bonilla became the highest-paid player in the National League from 1992 to 1994.

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Bobby Bonilla was acquired along with a player to be named later by the Baltimore Orioles from the Mets in exchange for Damon Buford and Alex Ochoa on July 28,1995.

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Bobby Bonilla helped the Orioles reach the 1996 American League Championship Series.

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Bobby Bonilla returned to the Marlins for the 1998 season and batted.

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Bobby Bonilla spent the rest of the 1998 season with the Dodgers, batting.

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Bobby Bonilla has a second deferred-contract plan with the Mets and Baltimore Orioles that was initiated in 2004 and pays him $500,000 a year for 25 years.

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Bobby Bonilla signed with the Braves in 2000 and played a mostly uneventful 114 games for them.

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Bobby Bonilla retired after the season finished citing "injuries and reduced playing time" as the main reason for his decision.

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Bobby Bonilla met Migdalia "Millie" Bobby Bonilla at Herbert Lehman High School in the Bronx.

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Bobby Bonilla participated in the Players Trust All-Star Golf Tournament, organized by Dave Winfield and Joe Mauer in 2014.

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