Bobby Bonilla Essentials

Positions:
Bats: B Throws: R
Height: 75 Weight: 210
Born: Saturday, February 23, 1963 in Bronx, NY USA
Died: in ,
Debut: 4/9/1986
Last Game: 10/7/2001
Full Name: Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla

 

Bobby Bonilla, 3B/OF for the 1986-91 Pirates. He was originally signed by the Pirates in 1981 as a non-drafted free agent. After five seasons in the minors, he had yet to reach Triple-A. On December 10,1985, he was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the Rule 5 draft. Bonilla spent half the year there before the Pirates reacquired him in exchange for Jose DeLeon. In 138 games during his rookie season, he hit .256 with just three homers. In 1987 he had a strong sophomore showing, batting .300 with 15 homers and 77 RBIs. He was playing third base and outfield prior to 1988, but that season he took over full-time at third base and put up a strong season at the plate. He drove in 100 runs, scored 87 times, hit 24 homers and drew 85 walks. He made the All-Star team that year, finished 14th in the NL MVP voting and won the Silver Slugger award.

In 1989 Bonilla hit .281 with 24 homers and 96 runs scored. He made his second of four straight All-Star appearances and finished 16th in the NL MVP voting. The 1990 season was the best of his career. He set career highs in both runs scored with 112 and RBIs with 120. He finished second to teammate Barry Bonds in the MVP voting, as they helped the Pirates to their first playoff appearance since winning the 1979 World Series. In the six game NLCS that year he hit .190 with one RBI. In 1991 Bobby had another outstanding season, scoring 102 runs, driving in 100 and leading the league in doubles with 44, all while taking a career high 90 walks. In the NLCS that postseason he hit .304 with six walks. In that off-season, he signed a lucrative free agent deal with the New York Mets, which he still makes money on to this day. Bonilla played in the majors through the 2001 season, finishing with a .279 average, 1,084 runs scored, 2,010 hits, 1,173 RBIs and 287 homers.