Pitcher Bartolo Colón turns 47 this Sunday, but he still wants to compete in the Major Leagues; He told Marly Rivera, an ESPN journalist, that he wants to pitch one more season in the majors, ideally with the Mets.
Colón has pitched in the MLB for parts of 21 seasons with 11 different teams. He spent 2014-16 with the Mets, helping the club reach the World Series in '15. Columbus said:
If it was up to me, I'd retire with the Mets. I would like my career to end in New York. "
The veteran did not pitch in 2019, after a disappointing 18 season with the Rangers. He made 24 starts and four relief appearances, posting a 5.78 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 25 walks in 146 1/3 innings.
The Mets don't seem to have room in the rotation for Columbus, even after losing Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John's surgery. If the season started today, the rotation would feature Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello, Steven Matz and Michael Wacha - four right-handers and one left-hander.
From Bartolo Colon interview:— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) May 18, 2020
"I've played with 10 teams, but with the Mets, the way all those players treated me, how that entire franchise treated me, from the front office to the kitchen staff, it was amazing.
And Mets fans are the best"https://t.co/els98QFHnh
Columbus has built a kind of cult in the later stages of his career due to his age and unusual body. Syndergaard nicknamed him "Big Sexy". He could be generously described as a marginal candidate for the Hall of Fame, currently with 247 wins and 2,535 strikeouts.
He has a 4.12 ERA and 47.8 wins over the replacement, by baseball reference, in 3,461 2/3 innings.
Currently, the one born in Altamira, Dominican Republic and 1.80 tall, belongs to the Acereros de Monclova, champion club of the Mexican Summer Baseball League, but as this Mexican circuit still has no clear panorama of whether or not there is a season, Columbus does not take his finger off the line of an eventual return to the 'Big Top'.
It would be his debut in Aztec territory.