Bobby Bonilla

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Full Name Bobby Bonilla
Age 57 Years Old
Nick Name Bobby Bo, Camera Technician
Gender Male
Famous As Baseball Player
Birth Date February 23rd, 1963
Birth Place Bronx, New York

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About Bobby Bonilla; Former Baseball Player

A former baseball player in Major League Baseball is named for Bobby Bonilla. He is famous for playing in the major leagues from the year 1986 to 2001. In his 16 years in a professional baseball career, he has amassed a .279 batting average, with a .358 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage. He was also on the Florida Marlins team that won the 1997 World Series and he led the league in extra-base hits (78) during the 1990 MLB season and doubles (44) during the 1991 MLB season. Additionally, he participated in six MLB All-Star Games and won three Silver Slugger Awards. He was the highest-paid player in the league, earning more than $6 million per year from the year 1992 till 1994. Since 2011, Bonilla has been paid approximately $1.19 million by the New York Mets each year. The 25 payments come every July 1, which some fans refer to as "Bobby Bonilla Day". This was part of a deal made when the Mets released him before the 2000 season while still owing him $5.9 million for the final year of his contract. The deal expires in 2035, at which point Bonilla will have been paid $29.8 million for a season in which he did not even play for the Mets. On 23rd February 1963, Bobby Bonilla was born in the Bronx, New York City, the USA. His birth name/real name/full name is Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla. As of 2020, Bonilla celebrated his 57th birthday. He is American by nationality and he belongs to Afro-American ethnicity. He is of Puerto Rican descent. His race is black. He was born to his parents; Roberto Bonilla Sr. (father) and Regina Bonilla (mother). Talking about his education, he was graduated from Herbert H. Lehman High School in the year 1981. After that, he enrolled New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York pursuing a degree in computer science. Bonilla wаѕ іnсludеd іn hіѕ ѕсhооl bаѕеbаll tеаm аnd wаѕ оnе оf thе ѕtаrѕ. Не then ѕtаrtеd hіѕ саrееr рlауіng wіth Сhісаgо Whіtе Ѕох, Ріttѕburgh Ріrаtеѕ, Nеw Yоrk Меtѕ (twісе), Ваltіmоrе Оrіоlеѕ, Flоrіdа Маrlіnѕ, Lоѕ Аngеlеѕ Dоdgеrѕ, Аtlаntа Вrаvеѕ & Ѕt. Lоuіѕ Саrdіnаlѕ. His religion is Christian and his zodiac sign is Pisces. His shirt number/jersey number is 25 for Mets. Scroll down to know about his full biography including his personal life, children, net worth, career, family, facts, age, birthday, wiki, height, zodiac sign, and more. 

Bobby Bonilla, a former baseball player

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Bobby Bonilla's Career

  • Bobby Bonilla kickstarts his baseball career at Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx where he graduated in the year 1981. 
  • But he was not selected in the 1981 Major League Baseball draft.
  • Due to which, he spent a semester at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York pursuing a degree in computer science. 
  • After that, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates after being spotted by scout Syd Thrift at a baseball camp in Europe.
  • In the year 1985, his rise through the Pirates' farm system came to a halt during spring training. 
  • In the training, he broke his right leg in a collision with teammate Bip Roberts. 
  • The Chicago White Sox acquired him through the Rule 5 draft during the 1985-1986 offseason and he made his major league debut with the White Sox at the start of the 1986 season. 
  • He also played from 1984 to 1988 with the Mayaguez Indians of the Puerto Rican Winter League.
  • He became the Pirates' starting third baseman in the year 1987, but after committing 67 errors over his next two seasons, manager Jim Leyland moved him to right field. 
  • He then formed a formidable combination alongside stars Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke and helped propel the Pittsburgh Pirates to two of their three straight National League Eastern Division titles from the year 1990 to 1992.
  • From the year 1986 to 1991, he had a .284 batting average, with 868 hits, 191 doubles, 114 home runs, and 500 runs batted in (RBIs) and led the league in extra-base hits in the year 1990, and in doubles in the year 1991. 
  • Moreover, he also made the All-Star team four years in a row. 
  • On 28th October 1991, he became a free agent.
  • On 2nd December 1991, he became the highest-paid player in the National League at the time when he signed a 5-year, $29 million contracts with the New York Mets. 
  • His offensive production diminished somewhat, finishing with a .278 batting average, 91 home runs, and 277 runs batted in during his three-and-a-half-year tenure with the Mets.
  • He ended up participating in two more All-Star Games (1993 and 1995).
  • Later on, he was acquired along with a player to be named later (Jimmy Williams on August 16) by the Baltimore Orioles from the Mets in exchange for Damon Buford and Alex Ochoa on 28th July 1995, and also he helped the Orioles to the American League Championship Series in the year 1996.
  • In the 1996 season, he was once again granted free agency, and signed with the Florida Marlins, reuniting with his old manager, Jim Leyland, where he helped the Marlins win the 1997 World Series. 
  • He then returned to the Marlins for the 1998 season and batted .278 through 18 games.
  • On 14th May 1998, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Manuel Barrios, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield, in exchange for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.
  • Where he spent the rest of the 1998 season with the Dodgers, batting .237, with seven home runs and 30 runs batted in.

Bobby Bonilla Stats

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  • In November 1998, the New York Mets reacquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Mel Rojas. 
  • His tenure in New York culminated in an incident during the sixth game of the 1999 NLCS during which the Mets were eliminated by the Braves in 11-innings while Bonilla reportedly sat in the clubhouse playing cards with teammate Rickey Henderson.
  • The Mets released Bonilla after his subpar 1999 season but still owed him $5.9 million. 
  • He and his agent offered the Mets a deal: Bonilla would defer payment for a decade, and the Mets would pay him an annual paycheck of $1.19 million starting in 2011 and ending in 2035, adding up to a total payout of $29.8 million. 
  • Mets owner Fred Wilpon accepted the deal mostly because he was heavily invested with Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff, and the 10 percent returns he thought he was getting on his investments with Madoff outweighed the eight percent interest the Mets would be paying on Bonilla's initial $5.9 million. 
  • As a result, the payout was a subject of inquiry during the Madoff investment scandal investigation when it came to light in the year 2008.
  • He then signed with the Braves in the year 2000 where he played mostly uneventful 114 games for them. 
  • He achieved his highest batting average (.255) since the 1997 season, although he hit only five home runs, a far cry from his career-high of 34.
  • In the year 2001, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, but injuries reduced his playing time. Bonilla played his final game on 7th October 2001, where he finished the season with a .213 average, 37 hits, five home runs, and 21 runs batted in.
  • He retired after the season finished citing "injuries and reduced playing time" as the main reason for his decision.
  • Overall, Bobby Bonilla finished his career with one championship, six All-Star appearances, 2,010 hits, 287 home runs, 1,173 runs batted in, and a career .279 batting average.

Bobby Bonilla's Awards and Achievements

Bobby Bonilla is a former baseball player. Through his 16 years of a Baseball career, he has a magnificent batting average of .279, 2,010 hits, 287 home runs, and many award-winning games. His awards and achievements include:

  • 6x All-Star (1988-1991, 1993, 1995)
  • World Series Champion (1997)
  • 3x Silver Slugger Award (1998, 1990, 1991)
  • NL Dоublеѕ Lеаdеr (1991)
  • 20-Ноmе Run Ѕеаѕоnѕ: 7 (1988-1990 & 1993-1996)
  • 30-Ноmе Run Ѕеаѕоnѕ: 2 (1990 & 1993)
  • 100 RВІ Ѕеаѕоnѕ: 4 (1988, 1990, 1991 & 1996)
  • 100 Runѕ Ѕсоrеd Ѕеаѕоnѕ: 3 (1990, 1991 & 1996)

Three Silver Slugger Awards Winner Bobby Bonilla

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MLB statistics

  • Batting average .279
  • Hits                         2,010
  • Home runs                 287
  • Runs batted in         1,173

Bobby Bonilla Contract

With the New York Mets, he became the highest-paid player in the National League at the time when he signed a 5-year, $29 million contracts (equivalent to $52.8 million today) with the New York Mets on 2nd December 1991. After his subpar 1999 season, the Mets released him but still owed him $5.9 million. Bonilla and his agent offered the Mets a deal: Bonilla would defer payment for a decade, and the Mets would pay him an annual paycheck of $1.19 million starting in 2011 and ending in 2035, adding up to a total payout of $29.8 million. This deal leads New York Mets to pay Bonilla $29.75 million over 25 years starting in July 2011. 

Bobby Bonilla's Ex-Wife, Migdalia "Millie" Bonilla

Talking about the marital status of Bobby Bonilla, he was a married man. He was married to his long-term girlfriend Migdalia "Millie" Bonilla in the 1980s. His lоvе lіfе ѕtаrtеd whеn hе wаѕ іn ѕсhооl оnlу. Bobby mеt Маdіglіа Воnіllа іn Неrbеrt Lеhmаn Ніgh Ѕсhооl, whеrе thеу uѕеd tо bе сlаѕѕmаtеѕ. Тhеіr rеlаtіоnѕhір wеnt оn fоr ѕеvеrаl уеаrѕ аnd fіnаllу dесіdеd tо gеt mаrrіеd іn thе lаtе 1980ѕ. The couple was also blessed with two children together named Brandon and Danielle Bonilla. Unfortunately, Bobby and Millie divorced in the year 2009. They were very keen and kind towards weak and helpless and always went to charity events. The duo started the Bobby and Millie Bonilla  Public School Fund with $35,000 in the year 1992, February. He has also participated in other charity events like Players Trust All-Star Golf Tournament. At present, he is assumed to be single and he is enjoying his present life happily without any disturbances. 

Bobby Bonilla's Net Worth 2020

Bobby Bonilla is a former player in Major League Baseball. Through his 16 years in professional baseball, Bonilla has collected a huge amount of money. On 2nd December 1991, he became the highest-paid player in the National League at the time when he signed a 5-year, $29 million contracts with the New York Mets. He was one of the highest-paid athletes in the year 1995 as per the report of Forbes as well. As of 2020, his net worth is estimated to have $20 Million as per sources. Moreover, he is currently being paid approximately $1.19 million by their old team New York Mets each year until 2035 which was a part of a deal with the New York Mets starting from July 2011. As the 25 years contract payment comes every July 1, which some of his fans refer to this day as Bobby Bonilla Day. This day has been remembered as a golden day in the history of Major League baseball. This contract leads him to give an amount worth $29.75 million in these 25 years. His major source of earning is from a baseball player. Whereas, his other source of income is from endorsements deals and sponsored by various brands.