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Ted Berg on the Bobby Bonilla payments

“So, to recap, by renegotiating Bobby Bonilla’s contract in 2000 to pay him $1.19 million annually from 2011 to 2035, the Mets: 1) Achieved the financial flexibility necessary to acquire players that put them in the World Series that season. 2) Got rid of a massive headache. 3) Earned a draft pick they used on seven-time All-Star David Wright. 4) Made a reasonably shrewd financial...
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Bobby-Bo Day Again

It’s July 1st, not nearly as significant a day as July 4th, unless of course your name is Bobby Bonilla. It’s time for the Mets to cut that annual payroll check in the amount of $1,193,248.20 for their two-time former outfielder. It’s all part of the agreement the Mets made to pay Bonilla that $1.2 million sum annually on July 1 for 25 years rather than the $5.9 million he...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bobby Bonilla Day in Met World

It could be worse, A-Rod critics.Every July 1, the Mets send Bobby Bonilla a check for $1.2 million. This will continue until the year 2035... (if man is still aliiiiiive...)

Worst Contract in Baseball: Bobby Bonilla Gets Paid Today

Once a professional athlete retires, his primary source of income is typically eliminated. However, former New York Mets outfielder and 16-year pro Bobby Bonilla is an exception. Every year on July 1, Bonilla is due $1,193,248.20, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin. According to, Bonilla played his final Major League game on October 7, 2001, but these $1.2 million payments...
Via Sportsnaut
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-player Bobby Bonilla gets $1.2M annual payday from Mets

  America will do plenty of celebrating on Fourth of July weekend. For Bobby Bonilla, though, the party already has started.   July 1 marks a special day for the former MLB slugger, as it’s the day he receives his annual $1.2 million check from the New York Mets. Yes, you read that right. Bonilla retired in 2001, but he still earns more than $1 million per year...
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Today’s the Day Bobby Bonilla Gets Paid

Ask just about anyone what July 1 means to them and you’ll likely get one of two responses…it’s the “official start” of the second half of the year and, naturally, it’s Bobby Bonilla Day. Bobby Bonilla Day is the holiday when the New York Mets pay the former All-Star nearly $1.2 million to continue to not play for them. If you want the entire story…Google it. But, long...
Via Hall of Very Good
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets Are Still Paying Bobby Bonilla A Ton Each Year, And The Reason Why Is Rather Weird

Bobby Bonilla's yearly Mets salary is pretty wild. Here's how much he is being paid in comparison to pitchers on the roster.
Via Gamedayr
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets paying Bobby Bonilla twice as much as Matt Harvey

Former Major League Baseball player Bobby Bonilla hasn’t played in a professional game since 2001. He’s 52 years old and last stepped on a baseball diamond less than a year after George W. Bush moved into the White House. He’s also set to receive a $1.2 million paycheck from the New York Mets as part of a deferment he agreed to with the team back in 2000. The story is as...
Via Sportsnaut
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Bobby Bonilla Reports to Mets Spring Training to Collect His $1 Million Check

Former New York Mets outfielder Bobby Bonilla reported to training camp in Port St. Lucis, Florida, today to collect his giant novelty check for $1.19 million, per his agreement with the team that will pay him that sum through 2035. “They pay for my airfare down here, that’s in the deal, too,” said Bonilla. “They fly me first class. They put me up in a really nice hotel...
Via Sports Pickle
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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