Bartolo Colon, RHP, Texas Rangers
Games Started: 12 (As of 6/23)
Hello, Big Sexy! At an impressive 45 years old (!!), Bartolo Colon is cruising along in his 21st major league season. It’s impossible to forget about Colon’s memorable three years with the Mets. In those three years, he hit his only home run in his 21-season career, was an all-star selection in his final Mets’ season, and helped pitch the Mets to their first World Series birth since 2000.
Although Colon’s numbers don’t look exactly “sexy” this season, he has been an important starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers. His WHIP is at it’s lowest rate since his 2013 all-star season in Oakland.
Just recently, Colon earned his 244th career victory and passed Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins by a Dominican born pitcher. His next milestone is the most wins from Latin America, which Dennis Marinez (from Nicaragua) holds at 245 career wins.
Colon said this about the upcoming milestone:
"“Now that I’ve won the 244, I see that it’s close to Dennis Martinez, but with health and enough time, I’m ready to be able to pass him and be the first Latin with more wins,” Colon said through a translator. “I feel happy, of course, to pass a Hall of Famer, the first Dominican in the Hall of Fame.”"
These milestones are much deserved for Colon, who has been a fan favorite for over twenty years. His next big milestone is the hall of fame, where he will have no problem getting into. It’s just a matter of time for him.
It would have been nice to have Colon bring veteran leadership and laughter in an otherwise difficult time for Mets players and fans. He would have certainly been a huge upgrade over the struggling Jason Vargas.
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