As if we needed another reason to laugh at the lowly Mets, here is a great little piece of info brought to us by Phils beat writer Andy Martino on his philly.com blog.
4. OK, yes, get angry about paying Geoff Jenkins $1.25 million this season. But think about this: Beginning in 2011, the Mets will pay Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million in deferred money every July 1 until 2035. Seriously.
That’s right, the Mets payroll still includes 6 time all-star Bobby freakin’ Bonilla. He retired in 2001 and he hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999. Could you imagine the Phillies still having Greg Jeffries or Danny Tartabull on the payroll for the next 25 years. I decided to dig a little into the story to find out whether Bonilla just happened to have the greatest agent in the history of the world to essentially give him an additional pension or if the Mets just botched something up. Not surprisingly, I found out yet again why the Mets hold the title of the most inept franchise in baseball.
Bonilla’s second stint with the Mets turned out to be just as disastrous as his first. After a knee injury sidelined him in March, he gained weight and hit just .160 in 60 games with the team. His lumbering ineptitude in the field earned him sarcastic ovations from Shea Stadium crowds whenever he fielded the ball cleanly. Unhappy with Bonilla’s play, the Mets placed him on irrevocable waivers in June. Not surprisingly, he went unclaimed.
For his part, Bonilla was angry that he wasn’t given more at-bats, often clashing loudly with manager Bobby Valentine over his lack of playing time. He was kept on the post-season roster, but struck out twice in his four at-bats as a pinch-hitter. As the Mets were eliminated by the Braves in the eleventh inning of a gut-wrenching NLCS Game Six, Bonilla reportedly sat in the clubhouse with teammate Rickey Henderson — playing cards.
“I’m not going to stay quiet again next year,” Bonilla announced in December. But by that point, it was clear that Bonilla had no future in New York. He was finally released in January after reaching an unusual agreement with the Mets: Instead of picking up his $5.9 million salary for the 2000 season, the team pledged to pay him $1,193,248.20 each July 1st from 2011 to 2035 — nearly $30 million all told. Less than a month later, Bonilla signed with the Braves. link
How great is that? Instead of shelling out $6 million at once, the Mets organization decided to pay $1.2 million 24 times. Who could have made such a moronic decision you ask? None other than deposed ESPN analyst Steve Phillips who was the Mets general manager from’ 97-’03.
You may remember Phillips name from the headlines a couple months ago where he got caught fooling around with an obsessive 22-year-old production assistant which lead to his divorce and firing at the sports media giant.
The story wasn’t just your average rich guy cheating on his wife story. Allegedly the mistress in question Brooke Hundley, facebook stalked Philips’ son and made several phone calls to his wife Marni repeating intimate details of their relationship, including some really personal information about a birthmark. The former Mrs. Phillips made a frantic phone call to Miami police in September after Hundley dropped a letter off at her home in which she proclaimed…
“I’m the woman he’s been seeing for a while now…I’m not just some random girl he had sex with in parking lots.”
The last we heard from the Phillips camp was that after his dismissal from ESPN he was admitting himself into an inpatient rehab for sex addiction. I for one will absolutely miss him and sincerely wish he was still running the Mets.