The Bobby Bonilla Episode

Since it’s July 1, today seems like a good time to talk Bobby Bonilla. Yes, he gets props for his big annual pay day, but no one seems to talk about his upbringing and MLB career. So we decided to dive in on that in this episode. And if you’re looking to better understand the deal, check out this fantastic NPR segment.

Highlights include:

  • Bobby’s choice between being an electrician or a ball player.
  • The legend of Sid Thryft, a scout turned real estate agent turned Pirates GM.
  • His run as a member of the Killer Bs.
  • Becoming the highest paid player in the history of MLB
  • His first Mets tenure, featuring earplugs and the Bobby Bo official scorer rule
  • His 15 seconds of fame on Cal Ripken Day
  • His awful second tenure with the Mets aaaaaaaaaand
  • The deferred contract

See ya! A list of MLB deferred contracts

One thing that is crystal clear though…. Bobby Bonilla Day should be titled Bruce Sutter Day or name your player Day. Check out these deferred contracts (and this Twitter thread by Michael Mayer) which are far more complex and long-term than Bobby’s. Shout-out to Bruce to getting paid $1.12M every year since ’93. The bonus: When he receives his final payout next year, he’ll get a $9.1M lump sum. Find that man’s agent and hire him or her!

Oh, and did you know Bret Saberhagen is still on the Mets payroll?!

Bobby Bonilla July 1 Fun Fact

In our Mets road trip episode, I mentioned seeing seeing the Doc Gooden pitch a complete game and hit a home run in Florida. He also lost the game. Turns out, that game was on… July 1. In case you’re wondering, Bobby Bo went 0-4 that night.

A Happy Ending

Not related to Bobby Bo, but in recording this episode on June 30, we remember the 21st anniversary of Mike Piazza’s three-run home run against the Braves to cap the second largest comeback win in Mets history at the time. We talk about it during the podcast, but see the clip for yourself below. Man, we miss the sounds of Shea!

Listen to the sounds of Shea as Mike Piazza blasts a three-run homer against the Braves on June 30, 2000.


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