This is a great assessment of Bonilla's career. I would also say that had he been able to play 3B adequately, he'd have had a better career, but he was the NL's Butch Hobson, so he had to be moved. Bonilla had the bat to be a potential HOF third baseman had he been a better fielder, but he wasn't.
Originally Posted by BigRon
The move to RF really did Bonilla in as a potential HOFer. Although he was a big guy, he wasn't a slugger, and wasn't really going to have the kind of power numbers people thought he'd put up, but never did. The over-assessment of Bonilla was in the power department; he never hit 40 HRs in a season during the big HR years in baseball, and hit over 30 just twice. This isn't the path to Cooperstown for a corner outfielder, even a decent RF.
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