Bobby Bonilla spent 16 years in the big leagues, hitting .279 with 287 home runs, 1,173 RBI, 1,084 runs, 2,010 hits, 3,401 total bases and a 124 OPS+. He was an All-Star six times, including four years in a row. He also finished second and third in MVP voting in 1990 and 1991, respectively.
Bonilla eclipsed the 20-home run mark seven times and the 30-dinger mark twice. He drove in 100 or more runs four times and thrice he scored at least 100 runs.
In 1989, he led the league in games played and in 1991, he led the league in doubles. He also led the league in sacrifice flies twice and in assists at third base once. On the all-time list, he ranks 34th in sacrifice flies and 67th in intentional walks.
Statistically, Bonilla is similar to Fred Lynn, Paul O'Neill, Reggie Smith, Del Ennis, Ken Boyer, George Hendrick, Brian Giles, Shawn Green, Robin Ventura and Ruben Sierra. Through age 32, he was most similar to Hall of Famer Tony Perez.
In 2007, he received two votes for the Hall of Fame. In the Progressive Hall of Fame, he received 3.57% of the vote.
The Baseball Page ranks him as the 41st best third baseman of all-time, ahead of Buddy Lewis, Doug DeCinces and Todd Zeile, but behind Carney Lansford, Tommy Leach and Lave Cross.
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