Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bombo Rivera


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At the age of 7 his youth baseball manager started calling him “Bombo”, which meant “fly ball,” and the nickname stuck.

Bombo Rivera signed with the Montreal Expos in 1970. During that first season in the Expos’ farm system, while playing for Bradenton, Rivera and his teammates took a trip to see the major league club play. The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Rivera finally got to see his idol Roberto Clemente play in right field.

From 1977 to 1986, Rivera played his Puerto Rican winter ball with the Mayaguez Indians. During the 1977–1978 season, Mayaguez won the Puerto Rican league championship and Caribbean Series in Mazatlán, Mexico, with a record of 5–1. Rivera was an important part of the team that he calls the best he ever played with in Puerto Rico. Other players on that championship team included major leaguers Jim DwyerRon LeFloreJosé MoralesIván DeJesúsEd RomeroRick SweetWillie HernándezDanny Darwin, and Kurt Bevacqua. Rivera was named to the series All Star team.

After several seasons in the minors, Rivera made his major league debut in 1975 with the Expos. After playing just five games in the majors for Montreal that season, he spent the entire season in the majors in 1976, splitting time in left field with several other players, including Pepe MangualDel UnserMike Jorgensen, and Jerry White. In 68 games that season, Bombo batted .276. He spent the entire 1977 season back in the minors, and in October his contract was sold to the Minnesota Twins.

Rivera was back in the major leagues in 1978, playing 101 games for the Twins and batting. 271. Bombo played in 112 games for the Twins in 1979, the most in his major league career. He hit .281/.324/.392, and was the starting left fielder for the season. However, after batting .221 for the Twins in 1980, he was released during spring training of 1981.

Though Bombo Rivera was signed by the Kansas City Royals shortly after his release by Minnesota, he didn’t log much more playing time in the majors, adding only five games to his career total, all in 1982. He was released the following spring.

His best professional season, came in Japan with Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1985 and 1986 where he hit 37 home runs over the course of the two seasons, 31 of those in ’85. He was released by the team in 1986 due to a hamstring injury.

Though Bombo Rivera was signed by the Kansas City Royals shortly after his release by Minnesota, he didn’t log much more playing time in the majors, adding only five games to his career total, all in 1982. He was released the following spring.

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Bombo Rivera.

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays ...it is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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