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Bartolo Colon Not Ready to Retire

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From MLB Rumors:

Rejoice, baseball fans. The 46-year-old Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to call it a career, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com recently told MLB Network (video link beginning at the 6:20 mark). The right-hander’s hoping to sign a minor league contract and make his way back to the majors, according to Sanchez, who adds that Colon has offers from teams in Mexico and could consider heading to Japan if nothing materializes elsewhere. Either way, Colon’s focused on pitching in 2020, so the four-time All-Star and one-time Cy Young winner won’t be retiring just yet.

Colon didn’t pitch at all in the majors or minors last season, and he struggled mightily with the Braves, Twins and Rangers from 2017-18. Those factors seem to make it all the more unlikely that Colon will ever get back to the majors again. He has revived his career in the past, however.

Colon’s time in the league appeared to be up until he signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in 2011, leading to a personal renaissance. He wound up throwing 150-plus innings that season and each of the next five with both New York teams and the Athletics, combining for a 3.63 ERA/3.71 FIP with the game’s fourth-lowest walk rate among starters (1.46 per nine).

The fact that Colon went through a rebirth years ago obviously doesn’t mean he’ll enjoy the same fate in 2020 as he nears his 50s. That said, plenty of fans are surely rooting for the aged Colon to re-emerge as a viable MLB pitcher this season.

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How can you not root for Big Sexy? That HR in SD is still one of the top moments in Mets history :)

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1 hour ago, Philc1 said:

When is this guy retiring when he’s 65?

If he is lucky. 

Nothing wrong with becoming  this generation's George Brunet

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On 1/25/2020 at 1:14 PM, Philc1 said:

When is this guy retiring when he’s 65?

Play until they tear the Jersey off of you.

It's what he loves to do.   He can make a great income doing it, even at close to the MLB minimum.   If he can throw, let him keep doing it.

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1 hour ago, chirorob said:

Play until they tear the Jersey off of you.

It's what he loves to do.   He can make a great income doing it, even at close to the MLB minimum.   If he can throw, let him keep doing it.

What is that now, anyway? About $700,000?

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1 hour ago, section314 said:

What is that now, anyway? About $700,000?

That’s like 2 cars

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1 hour ago, section314 said:

What is that now, anyway? About $700,000?

563K, which is usually only for 1st year players.  Bart could get an incentive laden deal worth 2-3 I'd think.

 

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Jaromir Jagr is still playing hockey (though not in the NHL anymore).

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On 1/28/2020 at 7:22 AM, TuscanyTile2 said:

Jaromir Jagr is still playing hockey (though not in the NHL anymore).

Only a few more years to beat Gordie Howe, who played at 51 y.o. in the NHL and scored 15 goals. Imagine that, playing with both his sons and 25 years after his own 1 yr younger brother last played in the NHL (for the Rangers BTW)  

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If nothing else he'd be a fun addition to an Independent League of some sort.  Keep pitching, big man.  

 

"You spend your life gripping a baseball, and it turns out that it was the other way around all along."  

- Jim Bouton

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