Wednesday, May 23, 2018

#158 Bobby Bonilla

COLOSSAL : adjective  co·los·sal  \ kə-ˈlä-səl \
: of a bulk, extent, power, or effect approaching or suggesting the stupendous or incredible

Not selected in the 1981 draft and spent a semester at New York Institute of Technology before being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates after being spotted by scout Syd Thrift at a baseball camp in Europe.

Since 2011, Bonilla has been paid approximately $1.19 million by the New York Mets each year, through 2023. The payments come every July 1, which some fans refer to "Bobby Bonilla Day".

6× All-Star (1988–1991, 1993, 1995)
World Series champion (1997)
3× Silver Slugger Award (1988, 1990, 1991)

Chicago White Sox (1986)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1986–1991)
New York Mets (1992–1995)
Baltimore Orioles (1995–1996)
Florida Marlins (1997–1998)
Los Angeles Dodgers (1998)
New York Mets (1999)
Atlanta Braves (2000)
St. Louis Cardinals (2001)

Friday, May 18, 2018

#157 Edgardo Alfonzo

ON DECK : noun  \ ˈdek \
: next in line : next in turn

Nicknamed "Fonzie"
Signed by the Mets as an undrafted free agent in 1991.
Part of the infield considered to be among the best in MLB history along with Rey Ordóñez, Robin Ventura, and John Olerud.

All-Star (2000)
Silver Slugger Award (1999)

New York Mets (1995–2002)
San Francisco Giants (2003–2005)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2006)
Toronto Blue Jays (2006)
Yomiuri Giants (2009)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

#156 Rondell White

SURGING : verb  \ ˈsərj \
: to move suddenly and quickly in a particular direction

 Atlanta Journal-Constitution's High School Player of the Year in 1990.
Hit for the Cycle on June 11, 1995.
Mentioned in the Mitchell Report in connection to steroids.

Montreal Expos (1993–2000)
Chicago Cubs (2000–2001)
New York Yankees (2002)
San Diego Padres (2003)
Kansas City Royals (2003)
Detroit Tigers (2004–2005)
Minnesota Twins (2006–2007)

Friday, May 4, 2018

#155 Tony Tarasco

ALERT : adjective  \ ə-ˈlərt \
 quick to perceive and act

Says right there on the back, "Quick bat..."

His dad was a vendor during summers at Yankee Stadium.
After moving to California became a member of a crips street gang, who persuaded him to pursue baseball.
Directly involved in the Jeffrey Maier incident.
Was recently a member of the Nationals coaching staff.

Atlanta Braves (1993–1994)
Montreal Expos (1995)
Baltimore Orioles (1996–1997)
Cincinnati Reds (1998)
New York Yankees (1999)
Hanshin Tigers (2000)
New York Mets (2002)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

#154 Carlos Perez

PERFORMER :  \pər-ˈfȯr-mər, pə-\ noun
to entertain an audience by singing, acting, etc.

Kinda had an animated follow through, if I recall.

Brother of former major league players Melido Pérez and Pascual Pérez.

Once destroyed a dugout water-cooler with a baseball bat.

Montreal Expos (1995, 1997–1998)
Los Angeles Dodgers (1998–2000)

All-Star (1995)