Why did Bobby Bonilla retire?
He retired after the season finished citing “injuries and reduced playing time” as the main reason for his decision. Overall, Bonilla finished his career with one championship, six All-Star appearances, 2,010 hits, 287 home runs, 1,173 runs batted in, and a career . 279 batting average.
Is Bobby Bonilla still getting paid?
As part of a deferred salary arrangement, the New York Mets have paid Bonilla a little bit more than $1.19 million ($1,193,248.20 to be exact) on each July 1 since 2011. The annual payments will continue until 2035. 2035!
Why do the Mets owe Bobby Bonilla?
The payments stem from Bonilla’s $5.9 million salary in 2000. The Mets released him that January, and because ownership believed they would make a significant profit through their investments with Bernie Madoff, they agreed to defer Bonilla’s salary with 8 percent interest and spread it across 25 years from 2011-35.