Barry Bonnell

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Robert Barry Bonnell

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Biographical Information[edit]

Barry Bonnell won Gold with Team USA at the 1974 Amateur World Series. He recorded his first big league hit on May 10, 1977, with the Atlanta Braves, and hit his first home run on June 5th. He hit his first inside-the-park home run on September 14, 1983, with the Toronto Blue Jays. Bonnell batted .318 for the Jays that year and then moved on to the Seattle Mariners.

In his first season with the Mariners, Bonnell got sick when the team was in spring training, and he tried to play through it. Finally, when he could stand it no longer, Bonnell went to the doctor and found out he had pneumonia. He said that a rare illness - Valley Fever - contributed to his early retirement from the game after the 1986 season, at age 33. "I couldn't even hold the bat up without my arms shaking," he said. "Finally, I said, 'This is something else.' I went in and they did a chest X-ray and it looked like spider webs in there," he said. "It took me a whole year to recover from that. That was pretty much it for me. I played out my contract and I was a bit player the next two years. I had some opportunities to continue on, but I decided I'd rather be with my family and pursue other interests."

In 1990, Bonnell played one more time for the Sun City Rays of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He was batting .333 in 14 games when the league folded. His brother, Glenn, was an infielder in the Cincinnati Reds chain in 1976.

Related Sites[edit]

  • Venezuelan League Statistics [1]