Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! Here's Why the Mets Still Pay Millions Each Year to a Guy Who Retired Decades Ago


- July 1 in baseball is Bobby Bonilla Day, when the Mets pay $1,193,248.20 to their former third baseman, who hasn’t set foot on a major league diamond since 2001, as part of a deferred payment plan. It’s a check the Mets have been cutting annually since 2011, and they will send a seven-figure sum to Bonilla, every July 1, through 2035.