Emilio Bonifacio

Emilio Bonifacio

This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Bonifacio and the second or maternal family name is Del Rosario.
Emilio Bonifacio
Kansas City Royals – No. 64
Utility player
Born: (1985-04-23) April 23, 1985 (age 29)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2007 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .262
Hits 541
Home runs 10
Runs batted in 131
Stolen bases 138

Career highlights and awards

  • National League Player of the Month (July 2011)

Emilio Jose Bonifacio Del Rosario (born April 23, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball utility player for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.

Major League career

Arizona Diamondbacks

He played in his first Major League game on September 2, 2007, when he was called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Washington Nationals

On July 22, 2008, he was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Washington Nationals for pitcher Jon Rauch and was optioned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

Bonifacio was called up to the majors (he played for the South Bend Silver Hawks before he entered the majors. the Nationals on August 1, along with fellow middle infielder Alberto Gonzalez. Bonifacio went 1 for 4, with an RBI, run, and a stolen base.

Florida/Miami Marlins

On November 11, 2008, he was traded to the Florida Marlins for left fielder Josh Willingham and pitcher Scott Olsen.[1] On March 31, 2009, the Marlins announced that he would be their starting third baseman for the season.[2] Bonifacio hit his first home run on April 6, 2009, an inside the park home run on opening day against the Washington Nationals. This home run marked the first time in forty-one years that an inside the park home run was hit on Opening Day; the last being hit in 1968 by Carl Yastrzemski.

On May 1, 2011, he hit his first outside the park home run, in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

He had a 26-game hitting streak and a hit in 30 of 31 games during July 2011, the same month he won Player of the Month for the National League

During the beginning of the 2012 season, Bonifacio led the major league in stolen bases, was safe in his first 20 attempts. However, on May 21, he was placed on the disabled list after injuring his left thumb trying to steal second base; it was the first time he was caught stealing. Although he was placed on a 15-day DL, he was expected to miss at least 4–6 weeks. Bonifacio was activated on July 13, and replaced teammate Giancarlo Stanton, who went to the disabled list after having surgery on his right knee. He returned to the lineup against the Washington Nationals and went 0-3. On September 4, 2012, Bonifacio was knocked out for the rest of the 2012 season due to a right knee sprain.

Toronto Blue Jays

On November 19, 2012, Bonifacio was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Mark Buehrle, in exchange for Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino.[3] On January 18, 2013, it was announced that the Blue Jays had avoided arbitration with Bonifacio, signing him to a one-year contract worth $2.6 million.[4] Bonifacio hit his 10th career home run in a game against the Oakland Athletics on July 30, 2013.

Kansas City Royals

On August 14, 2013, Bonifacio was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.[5] Bonifacio recorded his 500th career hit on August 17, 2013.


External links

Baseball portal
Dominican Republic portal
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