Bobby Bonilla Stats

Bobby Bonilla was born on Saturday, February 23, 1963, in Bronx, New York. Bonilla was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 9, 1986, with the Chicago White Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bobby Bonilla baseball stats page.

"He's (Bobby Bonilla) a total player and he's only going to get better. I said last year that I thought he'd eventually be one of the best in the National League. It's happened faster than I expected. He's more aggressive at the plate now than before. He's still a big lovable guy, but he's also a tough son-of-a-bitch when he's got a bat in his hands." - Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Jim Leyland in Baseball Digest (September 1988)
Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla Autograph on a 1988 Donruss (#238)
Bobby Bonilla Autograph on a 1988 Donruss (#238)

Birth Name:
Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla ( Twitter : @grandcru5 )
Nickname:
Bobby Bo
Born On:
02-23-1963  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Bronx, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Bronx High School (Bronx, NY)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
240
First Game:
04-09-1986 (Age 23)
Last Game:
10-07-2001
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent
Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
2001 38 Cardinals 1 0 1 0 0 .000 18.00 0 0 0 1.0 6 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1 Year 1 0 1 0 0 .000 18.00 0 0 0 1.0 6 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1986 23 White Sox 75 234 27 63 10 2 2 0 26 33 2 49 2 1 1 4 .269 .361 .355
1986 23 Pirates 63 192 28 46 6 2 1 0 17 29 1 39 3 0 1 5 .240 .342 .307
1987 24 Pirates 141 466 58 140 33 3 15 0 77 39 4 64 0 8 2 8 .300 .351 .481
1988 25 Pirates 159 584 87 160 32 7 24 0 100 85 19 82 0 8 4 4 .274 .366 .476
1989 26 Pirates 163 616 96 173 37 10 24 0 86 76 20 93 0 5 1 10 .281 .358 .490
1990 27 Pirates 160 625 112 175 39 7 32 2 120 45 9 103 0 15 1 11 .280 .322 .518
1991 28 Pirates 157 577 102 174 44 6 18 0 100 90 8 67 0 11 2 14 .302 .391 .492
1992 29 Mets 128 438 62 109 23 0 19 1 70 66 10 73 0 1 1 11 .249 .348 .432
1993 30 Mets 139 502 81 133 21 3 34 0 87 72 11 96 0 8 0 12 .265 .352 .522
1994 31 Mets 108 403 60 117 24 1 20 0 67 55 9 101 0 2 0 10 .290 .374 .504
1995 32 Mets 80 317 49 103 25 4 18 0 53 31 10 48 0 2 1 11 .325 .385 .599
1995 32 Orioles 61 237 47 79 12 4 10 1 46 23 0 31 0 2 1 11 .333 .392 .544
1996 33 Orioles 159 595 107 171 27 5 28 1 116 75 7 85 0 17 5 13 .287 .363 .491
1997 34 Marlins 153 562 77 167 39 3 17 3 96 73 8 94 0 8 5 18 .297 .378 .468
1998 35 Marlins 28 97 11 27 5 0 4 0 15 12 1 22 0 1 0 6 .278 .355 .454
1998 35 Dodgers 72 236 28 56 6 1 7 0 30 29 3 37 0 5 0 10 .237 .315 .360
1999 36 Mets 60 119 12 19 5 0 4 0 18 19 1 16 0 2 1 4 .160 .277 .303
2000 37 Braves 114 239 23 61 13 3 5 0 28 37 2 51 0 1 1 3 .255 .356 .397
2001 38 Cardinals 93 174 17 37 7 0 5 1 21 23 3 53 0 0 1 4 .213 .308 .339
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
16 Years 2,113 7,213 1,084 2,010 408 61 287 9 1,173 912 128 1,204 5 97 28 169 .279 .358 .472
Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1986 White Sox 1B 30 28 743 291 9.7 290 270 20 1 25 n/a n/a n/a .997 10.54
1986 Pirates CF 6 4 114 8 1.3 6 5 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.42
1986 White Sox CF 4 2 42 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1986 White Sox LF 39 32 890 84 2.2 83 82 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.52
1986 Pirates LF 37 18 571 44 1.2 44 44 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
1986 Pirates RF 24 18 461 28 1.2 28 26 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1986 White Sox RF 4 2 65 5 1.3 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
1986 Pirates 1B 4 3 61 19 4.8 18 14 4 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 7.97
1986 Pirates 3B 4 4 90 12 3.0 12 3 9 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1987 Pirates 1B 6 2 66 20 3.3 20 19 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.18
1987 Pirates 3B 89 75 2,071 205 2.3 191 53 138 14 12 n/a n/a n/a .932 2.49
1987 Pirates LF 17 8 253 20 1.2 20 19 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.13
1987 Pirates RF 34 25 681 51 1.5 49 49 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.94
1988 Pirates 3B 159 157 4,211 489 3.1 457 121 336 32 17 n/a n/a n/a .935 2.93
1989 Pirates 1B 8 8 204 69 8.6 69 65 4 0 6 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.13
1989 Pirates 3B 156 153 4,149 490 3.1 455 125 330 35 31 n/a n/a n/a .929 2.96
1989 Pirates RF 1 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1990 Pirates 1B 3 2 59 17 5.7 17 16 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.78
1990 Pirates 3B 14 8 240 39 2.8 36 10 26 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 4.05
1990 Pirates RF 149 149 3,900 313 2.1 301 292 9 12 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.08
1991 Pirates 1B 4 3 84 30 7.5 30 28 2 0 6 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.64
1991 Pirates 3B 67 60 1,560 190 2.8 177 43 134 13 13 n/a n/a n/a .932 3.06
1991 Pirates RF 104 92 2,432 186 1.8 184 176 8 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.04
1992 Mets 1B 6 3 103 43 7.2 41 39 2 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .953 10.75
1992 Mets RF 121 121 2,964 247 2.0 245 238 7 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .992 2.23
1993 Mets 1B 6 4 133 52 8.7 51 50 1 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .981 10.35
1993 Mets 3B 52 50 1,278 154 3.0 143 40 103 11 6 n/a n/a n/a .929 3.02
1993 Mets RF 85 83 2,138 160 1.9 155 148 7 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.96
1994 Mets 3B 107 107 2,753 311 2.9 293 78 215 18 25 n/a n/a n/a .942 2.87
1995 Mets 1B 10 9 201 88 8.8 88 85 3 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.82
1995 Mets 3B 46 41 1,098 110 2.4 97 24 73 13 8 n/a n/a n/a .882 2.39
1995 Mets LF 31 29 762 60 1.9 59 55 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.09
1995 Orioles LF 1 0 13 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
1995 Orioles RF 38 37 966 70 1.8 68 66 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.90
1995 Orioles 3B 24 24 609 63 2.6 60 14 46 3 5 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.66
1996 Orioles 1B 9 3 108 29 3.2 28 27 1 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .966 7.00
1996 Orioles 3B 4 4 102 4 1.0 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.06
1996 Orioles RF 108 107 2,746 197 1.8 192 184 8 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.89
1997 Marlins 1B 2 0 8 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.75
1997 Marlins 3B 149 148 3,806 352 2.4 330 104 226 22 29 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.34
1998 Marlins 3B 26 25 649 64 2.5 59 18 41 5 6 n/a n/a n/a .922 2.45
1998 Dodgers 3B 59 57 1,422 136 2.3 124 40 84 12 8 n/a n/a n/a .912 2.35
1998 Dodgers LF 12 12 257 17 1.4 16 16 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.68
1999 Mets 1B 4 2 69 26 6.5 25 23 2 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .962 9.78
1999 Mets LF 2 1 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1999 Mets RF 23 22 471 39 1.7 38 36 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.18
2000 Braves 3B 1 1 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2000 Braves LF 63 62 1,248 52 0.8 48 47 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.04
2000 Braves RF 1 1 21 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
2001 Cardinals 1B 33 24 670 240 7.3 238 228 10 2 27 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.59
2001 Cardinals LF 4 2 36 2 0.5 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
2001 Cardinals P 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2001 Cardinals RF 6 5 105 10 1.7 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
3B Totals 957 914 24,050 2,619 2.7 2,438 674 1,764 181 162 n/a n/a n/a .931 2.74
RF Totals 698 662 16,952 1,308 1.9 1,277 1,232 45 31 4 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.03
LF Totals 206 164 4,042 280 1.4 273 265 8 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.82
1B Totals 125 91 2,509 926 7.4 917 866 51 9 84 n/a n/a n/a .990 9.87
CF Totals 10 6 156 12 1.2 10 9 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 1.73
P Totals 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
16 Years 1,997 1,837 47,712 5,145 2.6 4,915 3,046 1,869 230 251 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.78
Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1986 White Sox 4 1 .800 9 1 0 117.0 4.8 9.0 - - -
1986 Pirates 4 4 .500 12 0 n/a 192.0 4.9 11.3 - - -
1987 Pirates 3 5 .375 21 0 n/a 31.1 7.3 6.1 - - -
1988 Pirates 3 5 .375 0 0 n/a 24.3 7.1 5.8 - - -
1989 Pirates 8 8 .500 1 0 n/a 25.7 6.6 7.2 - - -
1990 Pirates 4 3 .571 1 0 n/a 19.5 6.1 5.2 - - -
1991 Pirates 2 4 .333 2 0 n/a 32.1 8.6 5.8 - - -
1992 Mets 4 3 .571 4 0 n/a 23.1 6.0 6.3 - - -
1993 Mets 3 3 .500 2 0 n/a 14.8 5.2 5.8 - - -
1994 Mets 1 3 .250 1 0 n/a 20.2 4.0 6.0 - - -
1995 Mets 0 3 .000 1 0 n/a 17.6 6.6 6.0 - - -
1995 Orioles 0 2 .000 0 0 0 23.7 7.6 5.2 - - -
1996 Orioles 1 3 .250 1 0 44 21.3 7.0 5.1 - - -
1997 Marlins 6 6 .500 1 0 3 33.1 6.0 5.9 - - -
1998 Marlins 0 1 .000 3 0 0 24.3 4.4 6.5 - - -
1998 Dodgers 1 1 .500 2 0 0 33.7 6.4 7.9 - - -
1999 Mets 0 1 .000 31 0 3 29.8 7.4 6.6 - - -
2000 Braves 0 0 .000 48 0 1 47.8 4.7 8.5 - - -
2001 Cardinals 1 1 .500 54 0 2 34.8 3.3 8.3 0.00 0.00 9.00
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
16 Years 45 57 .441 194 1 53 25.1 6.0 6.1 0.00 0.00 9.00
Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1986 Chicago White Sox 26 $115,000.00 - -
1986 Pittsburgh Pirates 25 "     " - -
1987 Pittsburgh Pirates 25 $115,000.00 - -
1988 Pittsburgh Pirates 25 $230,000.00 Stats -
1989 Pittsburgh Pirates 25 $740,000.00 Stats -
1990 Pittsburgh Pirates 25 $1,250,000.00 Stats -
1991 Pittsburgh Pirates 23 $2,400,000.00 Stats -
1992 New York Mets 25 $6,100,000.00 - -
1993 New York Mets 25 $6,200,000.00 Stats -
1994 New York Mets 25 $6,300,000.00 - n/a
1995 New York Mets 25 $5,300,000.00 Stats -
1995 Baltimore Orioles 26 "     " - -
1996 Baltimore Orioles 26 $5,100,000.00 - -
1997 Florida Marlins 24 $5,600,000.00 - Stats
1998 Florida Marlins 25 $5,900,000.00 - -
1998 Los Angeles Dodgers 25 "     " - -
1999 New York Mets 25 $5,900,000.00 - -
2000 Atlanta Braves 23 $200,000.00 - -
2001 St. Louis Cardinals 24 $900,000.00 - -


Did you know that Bobby Bonilla is often referred to as having the highest single year contact in the history of baseball (or any other sport for that matter)? Here is how it happened:

Bobby Bo was owed $5.9 million in the final season of his contract with the New York Mets . He was placed on unconditional-release waivers Monday, January 3, 2000, after agreeing to defer his salary for 24 years. The NMets (who were figuring they would earn 12 to 18% on investments with Bernard L. Madoff Securities, run by Bernie Madoff, who was later arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on December 11, 2008, on a criminal charge of securities fraud) structured an annuity for Bonilla (represented by represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council) with a compounded 8 percent annual rate.

The Mets pay Bonilla 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20 every July 1 from 2011 until 2035, making his $5.9 million dollar contract worth a total of $29,831,205. Baseball Insider John Heyman, (CBS Sports, 07/15/2013, 'What you don't know about Bonilla -- and Saberhagen -- Mets deals', Source ) discovered that in addition to the annuity above, 25 deferred payments of $500,000 from the Mets had already started back in a 2004 due to an earlier salary re-structuring. Add both and Bonilla's new contract year of 2000 was worth $42,250,000!

Bobby Bonilla was 25 in 1988 when Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post wrote this great description of the soon to be All-Star (05/19/1988, 'POWERFUL PROMISE : Pirates' Bobby Bonilla Is Making Name for Himself as Hitter in the Cepeda-Perez-McCovey-Stargell Mold', Source ):

"When you're 6 feet 3 and swish the bat menacingly across the plate in a low golfer's arc, then rock back, hands low, swaying just a touch to some internal rhumba, it brings back memories of those great right-handed line-drive hitters. Maybe it's that 'round-a-corner cock of the head, too, and that front shoulder tucked a bit more than normal. Mostly, though, it's the sound -- cruuunch -- when bat compresses ball.

"It's just as rare when a player reminds the game's oldsters of both Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell . When you weigh 230 pounds, all of it young and hard at 25 years old and, somehow, you also manage to get every ounce of that tonnage into your towering drives, it brings back to mind those upper-deck clouts of the mammoth Willies. It helps to make the connection if you and Stargell are also the only left-handed hitters ever to put a ball in the cheap seats in Three Rivers Stadium. For that, they paint your number on the chair.

"What is truly exciting in this tradition-loving baseball town, with those nine National League pennants dating back to 1901, is that the Pirate player who reminds folks of Perez and Cepeda , McCovey and Stargell is not two men but just one.

"Bobby Bonilla.

"Switch-hitter. Third baseman. Cleanup hitter for the second-place -- yes, second-place and serious about it -- Pirates . Reigning National League player of the month. Scourge of the circuit."

Bobby Bo went to his first All-Star Game that year ( 1988 All-Star Game ), followed by three more consecutively with the Pirates , a second place finish in the MVP voting in 1990 (behind teammate Barry Bonds ), then a third place finish in the MVP voting in 1991 (behind Terry Pendleton and Bonds again). This helps shed light on why the Mets made Bonilla the highest paid player in all of Major League Baseball in 1992 $6,100,000 (#1), 1993 $6,200,000 (#1) and 1994 $6,300,000 (#1).

Did you know that when Bobby Bonilla won the Silver Slugger Award at third base in 1988, leading every National League third baseman in batting average, he became the first Pittsburgh Pirate to win the honor at the hot corner? Too easy? Did you know when Bobby Bo won his second Silver Slugger , in 1990, as an outfielder, he became the first Buc to win a Silver Slugger at more than one position - a feat that remains unmatched in Pittsburgh through today.

Last-Modified: November 9, 2018 6:10 AM EST

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