11) Bobby Bonilla (.841)
Bobby Bonilla was a Bronx native who was initially signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. Eventually, he spent six seasons with the Bucs, and then three and a half with the New York Mets.
After the 1996 season, the then-34-year-old Bonilla tested out free agency for the second time, and the Florida Marlins gladly signed him.
Bonilla manned the hot corner for the Marlins that season in their drive to their first World Series Championship. Defense was not a strong suit for Bonilla, who committed 29 errors for the Marlins at third base for a .938 fielding percentage. Offensively, he slashed .297/.378/.468 wtih 17 home runs and 96 RBI. In the postseason for the Marlins, he hit .250 with two homers and 10 RBI.
Bonilla continued with the Florida Marlins in the same vein to start the following season, slashing .278/.355/.454 in 28 games. He also continued to make routine plays adventurous for Marlins’ faithful, booting six balls in his abbreviated time with the club for a .922 fielding percentage. On May 14th, the Marlins traded Bonilla with Manuel Barrios, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.
Despite being a natural designated hitter, Bonilla never returned to the American League. He spent a season each with the Dodgers, the Mets, the Atlanta Braves, and the St. Louis Cardinals to close out his career in 2001. Bonilla’s time with the Mets included an infamous contract deal, immortalized by Bobby Bonilla Day.
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