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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 15: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 15: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets leaves the game in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves during their game at Citi Field on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Bartolo Colon

Maybe one of the least talked about Cy Young seasons of the modern era is the one put together big Bartolo Colon in 2005. His league-best 21 victories for the Los Angeles Angels played a large part (no pun intended) in Colon outdueling others in the votes. It was a hitter-friendly season in the American League, making it a rather easy selection for most of the baseball writers with a vote.

A lot happened between Colon winning this award in 2005 and his first season with the Mets in 2014. He was suspended for PEDs at one point and didn’t pitch at all in the 2010 campaign. Through some ups and downs, I think Colon actually came away as a major winner.

Due to his unique size, Colon was a relatable athlete Mets fans couldn’t help but adore in the same way you would a teddy bear. The fact that he also performed well helped, too.

Colon went 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA during his three seasons with the Mets. Often used as an innings eater for the back of the rotation, he was one of the few veterans in the rotation among many talented up-and-comers. We’ll never know just how much he may have taught others about the game.

Colon did manage to make it to one All-Star Game in 2016. It was his best regular season with the team, featuring a 15-win season and 3.43 ERA. We can probably thank National League manager Terry Collins for his selection to the Midsummer Classic.

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What will Porcello’s time with the Mets look like? Does he stink it up for one season like some other ex-Cy Young winners or will he become a fan-favorite like Bartolo?

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