#Mets beat #Cubs and lose over a million bucks

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SOME SOLACE TO A DISAPPOINTING 4-3 LOSS THURSDAY. #BobbyBonillaDay – Bobby Bonilla gets paid more money from the Mets than more than half of this year’s actual Mets players do in salary, and he hasn’t played for them since 1999. Here’s the how and why about “Bobby Bonilla Day” when the Mets pay him $1,193,248.20 every July 1 until 2035.

After a disappointing first stint with the Mets in the early 1990s when he was the highest-paid player in baseball, Bobby Bonilla returned to Queens in November 1998 in a trade with the Dodgers for relief pitcher Mel Rojas. Between his two tenures with the Mets, he played for the Orioles, Marlins and Dodgers, winning the 1997 World Series with Florida. In the lone season of his second go-round, Bonilla played in only 60 games, the fewest of any season in his career. He hit .160 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. A series of incidents and controversies marred Bonilla’s tenure and strained his relationship with Mets management. The final sign of Bonilla’s impending departure came when he spent the end of the last game of the 1999 NLCS playing cards with Rickey Henderson in the clubhouse.

For the Mets to get rid of Bonilla, they would be forced to eat all or some of his $5.9 million. Instead, both parties agreed to defer all payment with interest to 2011. Instead of $5.9 million, Bonilla receives about $1.2 million each year until 2035. Over the 25 years of payments, Bonilla will make more than he did on his five-year deal with the Mets from the early ’90s that made him the highest-paid player in baseball at the time. BRILLIANT!


WE’LL GET ‘EM TODAY! 

#cubbychubby 2016   #chicagocubs   #mlb

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