Bonnell was a platoon outfielder with a good arm who would sometimes be among the
league batting leaders during the season, but seldom at the end. An
1983, when he hit .318 (10 HR and 54 RBI) for the Blue Jays. That December he was
traded to Seattle for pitcher Bryan Clark.
»August 24, 1983:
Making his only career appearance behind the plate, Oriole infielder Lenn Sakata catches the 10th inning against the Blue Jays and then hits a 3-run homer as the O's win, 7–4. Toronto goes ahead 4–3 in the top of the 10th after Cliff Johnson homers and Barry Bonnell singles. Tippy Martinez relieves Tim Stoddard and picks off Bonnell, walks Dave Collins and picks him off. Tippy then allows a Willie Upshaw single, and picks him off. Helped by the runners' eagerness to test Sakata, Tippy sets a never-to-be-topped ML record.