Just days shy of his 47th birthday, Bartolo Colon isn’t fairly able to step away from the sport. The huge righty spoke to ESPN’s Marly Rivera this week, telling her that he’s holding out hope for one last run within the Majors — ideally with the Mets. “Big Sexy” praised the group from prime to backside, lauding everybody from the entrance workplace to the clubhouse employees whereas delivering some heartfelt recollections of the Amazins’ fanbase:
Mets followers are the perfect. In the start, after they laughed at me each time my helmet fell off, at first I felt uncomfortable. But once I noticed how a lot the followers loved it, I requested for a much bigger batting helmet in order that it will fall extra as a result of it was a lot enjoyable for them!
That mentioned, Colon made clear that he’s prepared to pitch with any group, in any function, as long as it means yet one more run within the Majors.The well-traveled righty has already suited up for 11 golf equipment up to now in his huge league profession: the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Mets, Braves, Twins and Rangers.
Colon didn’t pitch within the huge leagues final season and final appeared with the 2018 Rangers, tallying 28 video games (24 begins). However, he hasn’t had an above-average marketing campaign on the mound since his age-43 season with the Mets again in 2016 (191 2/Three innings, 3.49 ERA, All-Star look). Over his previous two seasons within the huge leagues, Colon has labored to an ERA simply north of 6.00 whereas absorbing 289 1/Three frames for Atlanta, Minnesota and Texas. To his credit score, Colon had loads of sharp outings with each the Twins and Rangers — they had been simply blended in with quite a few clunkers that outweighed a lot of the nice he did when at his greatest.
Seeing Colon again within the huge leagues is a protracted shot at this level, however groups will want extra depth than ever as rosters develop to accommodate a shortened ramp-up interval to the 2020 season. And Colon was already set to play within the Mexican League previous to the pandemic shutting down professional sports activities across the globe, so maybe he’d discover alternate options if a take care of a giant league group can’t come collectively.