Bobby BonillaHis projected role for the Orioles: Bonilla...

Orioles one-on-one

February 18, 1996|By Buster Olney

Bobby Bonilla

His projected role for the Orioles: Bonilla will be back in the cleanup spot, and right now, manager Davey Johnson is thinking Bonilla will be in right field. But there's a chance Bonilla could be at third, where he played the final weeks of last season.

Number crunching: Bonilla batted .378 in the final month of the season, with five homers and 27 RBIs.

Where he's been this off-season: Bonilla spent more than a month playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, with Caguas, alongside Roberto Alomar. He traveled to California and Florida for a couple of weeks, participating in charity events.

Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "Alomar, of course," he said. "I think he was on everybody's wish list. Santa put him into our stocking."

What AL team he thinks helped itself this off-season: "Cleveland, getting Jack McDowell. I haven't seen Julio Franco in a long time, but there you've got a pretty good hitter."

His expectations for 1995: Very high. "It's like I was saying to someone the other day -- we don't have to have career years. Nobody has to have a big year. All I have to do is be me, and Raffy [Palmeiro] can be him and Cal [Ripken] can just do what he does. I mean, we've got a lot of quiet superstars on this team. We can bring along 15 guys from the minors and expect them to perform. We can bring along one guy or two guys and tell them, 'Relax, there's no pressure.' "

His expectations for himself: "Just to be me. Just playing. Just playing and having a lot of fun."

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