Bartolo Colón refuses to entertain the concept of retirement.
It doesn’t matter that he didn’t pitch in 2019 and that on Sunday he turned 47.
He craves yet one more shot in the majors.
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“I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colón advised The Related Press in a cellphone interview. “I’m still hoping of reaching my goal of pitching 46 innings. I’ll sign with the first team who wants me.”
That’s the variety of innings that can propel him to go Corridor of Famer Juan Marichal for essentially the most by a Dominican pitcher.
In his final large league season, with the Texas Rangers in 2018, Colón managed to attain 3,461 2/Three innings. He’s 247-188 in 565 video games — 552 as a starter since his debut with Cleveland in 1997.
Marichal managed to pitch 3,507 innings in 471 video games over 16 years.
Colón is conscious that point is towards him.
“I know this is not a sport for the old, it’s for the young,” Colon mentioned. “I keep training. Even though I’m not playing right now, I tried to keep fit.”
The coronavirus pandemic altered Colón’s plans this 12 months.
Again in March, he was gearing up to pitch with the Monclova Acereros of the Mexican Baseball League. However their preseason was stopped when the outbreak compelled the league to shut down, and a restart standing is unsure.
“I had to decide to stay in Mexico or get back to the Dominican Republic. I went to my country and they also have quarantines and curfews,” he mentioned. “I’m still waiting. The Monclova people say they will tell me what will be happening with the season, depending on the virus.”
Colón is conserving busy as of late selling his not too long ago launched autobiography, “Big Sexy: In His Own Words.”
Sure, the title is the nickname that Noah Syndergaard, his rotation colleague throughout his time with the New York Mets from 2014-16, bestowed upon him.
Together with all of his wins, Colón offered followers with a number of enjoyable on the plate over his 21 seasons in the majors.
It’s been since 4 years since his unforgettable first and solely dwelling run, towards James Shields of the San Diego Padres. There’s a very good deal in the e-book devoted to his difficulties batting when he went to play in the Nationwide League with the Mets, his helmet comically flying when lacking contact.
Colón mentioned he discovered to take in stride his strikeouts.
“I didn’t mind people laughing. Actually, I end it asking for a bigger helmet so it could fall,” he mentioned.