I was never a Bobby Bonilla Fan. Bonilla signed a fat contract with the Mets before the 1992 season and after he completed 4 straight all-star years in Pittsburgh and twice finishing in the top 3 for MVP award.
In his first New York season Bonilla watched his batting average drop 50 points and started wearing ear-plugs at Shea Stadium. His 'hear-no-evil' and "I'm just chillin'" attitude convinced me he needed to get out of New York. Unfortunately, it took the Mets think-tanks another 3 more seasons before they came to that conclusion.
The Mets ended up trading Bonilla to the Baltimore Orioles for Alexa Ochoa and Damon Buford. It doesn't sound like a good trade for the Mets, but I would have taken a bucket of curve balls for Bobby Bonilla!
Unfortunately the Mets didn't learn their lesson and traded for him again before the 1999 season - Bonilla hit .160 in 60 games to show his appreciation. He also found his playing cards partner Rickey Henderson during this stint in New York. It was rumored that he and Rickey were in the club house when Kenny Rogers walked in the winning run vs the Atlanta Braves in the 1999 NLCS. Thanks for being there Bobby! We wouldn't want your playing cards to interfere with your playing time!