He made it there with a 7-7 record and an ERA of 3.84, good for seventh-best in the league, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
"It's a matter of time and luck and opportunity," Bones said, according to The Times, "and I guess this is my time."
Bones made that all-star game in his fourth major league season. Though he would not be an all-star again, Bones went on to play in a total of 11 major league campaigns. He's also gone on to return to he majors as a coach.
Bones' career began in 1986, signed by the Padres as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.
Bones started with the Padres at short-season Spokane. He made single-A Charleston in 1987, then AA Wichita in 1989. He got his first look at AAA Las Vegas in 1990.
Then, in August 1991, Bones debuted in San Diego. He got 11 starts down the stretch, went 4-6, with a 4.83 ERA. The Padres then traded him to the Brewers.
He became a regular with the Brewers. He went 9-10, with a 4.57 ERA in 1992, then 11-11 in 1993 and 10-9, with a 3.43 ERA in his all-star 1994 campaign.
In May 1995, The Baltimore Sun referred to Bones as the Brewers' "newfound ace" as Bones pitched into the eighth inning against the Orioles, gave up two hits and no runs.
"I was lucky," Bones told The Sun afterward. "I made some pretty good pitches and got a lot of ground balls when I needed them."
Bones went 10-12 for the Brewers that year, then 7-14 in 1996 before being sent to the Yankees for the final month of the year.
He then played 1997 between the Reds and the Royals and 1998 fully with the Royals as he turned to full-time relief. He saw 30 relief outings with the Orioles in 1999, then 56 outings with the Marlins in 2000 and 61 final outings with Florida in 2001. He went 4-4, with a 5.06 ERA in his final campaign.
After another season in the minors and final games in Mexico, Bones turned to coaching. By 2004, he was a coach at single-A Savannah. He coached at AA Binghamton in 2008, then arrived for three seasons at AAA Buffalo in 2009.
In 2012, he returned to the majors as bullpen coach, a job he has held in all but one season since, and continue to hold in 2020.
- Tampa Bay Times, July 13, 1994: Fehr: Expansion talk has troubling edge
- Baltimore Sun, May 2, 1995: Insinuation fails to doctor result of Bones' performance
Made the Majors:1,191-35.7%-X
Never Made Majors:2,143-64.3%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 495-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:289