An Ode To Bartolo Colon
Farewell to a larger than life pitcher, almost literally.
Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves did the inevitable and released 44-year old Bartolo Colon.
Now, Julio Franco he ain’t, but Colon became one of the more interesting characters in Major League Baseball. As a man pitching into his 40s and seemingly doing it all, some wondered if the portly wonder would play forever. I mean, inasfar as a guy like Jamie Moyer seemed to play forever, mostly because he did.
This could be it for Colon, ending a strange and illustrious career. Pitching in the bigs since 1997 for the AL champion Cleveland Indians, Colon totaled 235 victories. He was the 2005 Cy Young winner with 21 wins, and in 2013, at age 40, Colon won 18 more.
Take a few moments and look back at the Best of Bartolo. In case any of the videos will not embed, visit the links.
Bartolo Colon Uncorks A Dinger
An American League pitcher most of his career, Colon rarely hit before he joined the New York Mets. Sure, he played a little for the Montreal Expos in 2002, but who cares. On May 7, 2016, Colon, who allowed 390 home runs in his career, finally hit one.
San Diego stunk out loud that year, and most of the ones in the past decade. In a way, it’s not surprising that they’d serve up a dinger to a 43-year old, 285 pound pitcher. Just goes to show that you don’t have to be young, in shape, or even a hitter to smack a homer.
Colon Shuts Out Angels
A very svelte Bartolo Colon earned a complete game shutout on April 4, 1998. He doesn’t even look like the same friggin guy! Like, did he eat his clone to double in size and assume his powers? Colon pitched 13 shutouts in his 20-year big league career.
Colon Takes The Extra Base, And Steals Our Hearts
And then, in June 2014, Colon legged out a double and came around to score on another hit.
Okay, maybe there weren’t that many great moments. In fact, one could argue this is a sub-mediocre assemblage of clips. You aren’t wrong, by the way. But we had a few cheap laughs, and isn’t that all that really matters?
See ya later, Bartolo. There may be an NL Central team just desperate enough to take a chance on you.