If Bobby Bonilla understands anything, it’s how to make someone rich for many years.
The ex-Met – who, by agreeing to take deferred money on his contract, collects $1,193,248.20 from the club each year – has now indirectly helped collectibles company Goldin cash in.
At a recent auction, someone bought the deferred compensation deal for $180,000, per ESPN. As part of their prize, the auction winner will also participate in 30-minute Zoom calls with Bonilla and a separate chat with Dennis Gilbert, the agent who made Bonilla’s deferment deal possible. They will also receive a signed baseball, one of the bats used by Bonilla, and a special NFT from the contract.
In 2023, the winner will spend a day with Bonilla in New York. They will go to lunch, go to Citi Field to watch batting practice and a Mets game, and then have dinner. During the auction, the price would have been $22,800 and then climbed to its six-figure bid in the last 15 minutes. Prior to the auction, the contract (which pays Bonilla, 59, through age 72) was in Gilbert’s possession.
Now it belongs to an auction participant with deep pockets, who will have the chance next year to laugh with Bonilla at the absurdity of it all.
With two wins on Saturday, Buck Showalter moved up to 20th on MLB’s all-time winning list. Game two of the doubleheader provided Showalter’s 1,620th win as a big league manager, passing Ralph Houk.
Houk led three teams over his 20-year career, but he is best known as the man who guided the Yankees to three consecutive AL pennants from 1961 to 1963. By the time Showalter was a fifth-round pick by the Yankees in 1977, Houk had moved on to the Detroit Tigers, but Showalter said he still felt his impact ripple through the entire organization.
“I held him in high regard,” Showalter said. “He was the guy running these clubs that I watched a lot on TV. I always thought he was pretty special. I had a respect for him long before I started doing that.
Next on the list is Mike Scioscia and his 1,650 wins.
While answering a question about Pete Alonso — who has a .956 OPS with two outs, a situation where he drove 33 of his 93 RBI on Sunday — Showalter was asked if he believed the concept of ” the clutch” existed.
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“Without a doubt,” Showalter said. “I like it when people try to tell me that’s not the case. There are a few hitters where, if nobody’s around and it’s 8-1, you wouldn’t believe they’re getting into the Hall of Fame.
The skipper said one of his favorite assessments was when a scout described a player as someone who can hit a good reliever late in the game.
“What do you call it? High leverage?” asked Showalter. “Sometimes we miss how great a hitter Pete is. We chase power and stuff.
With two out and runners in scoring position, Alonso rakes in. His slash line in 51 plate appearances during this crucial situation is .231/.412/.564 (.976 OPS). In situations that Baseball-Reference defines as high leverage, Alonso hits an even better .296/.382/.620 (1.002 OPS).
A five-game streak with Atlanta, the breathless team in the National League East, is about as intense as the situation the Mets have found themselves in this season. The key to staying locked in every game, according to Showalter, is being a good teammate.
“It’s tough,” Showalter confessed. “I think it has a lot to do with not wanting to let your teammates down. I know Max knew exactly what our pen status was [on Saturday]. That’s why I wanted him to pitch the second game. He was very proud of having pitched seven innings and not having to go to the bullpen.
They’ll get a break from the intensity next week when the Cincinnati Reds drag their depleted squad to Citi Field.