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Robert Barry Bonnell (Preacher)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.
- School Ohio State University
- High School Milford (OH) High School
- Debut May 4, 1977
- Final Game July 12, 1986
- Born October 27, 1953 in Mariemont, OH USA
 Biographical Information
Bonnell batted .318 for the Blue Jays in 1983 and then went on to Seattle. He said that a rare illness -- Valley Fever -- contributed to his early retirement from the game after the 1986 season, at age 33.
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.
"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."
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