The legend of 46-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon does not appear to be over just yet.
Despite not pitching during the 2019 season, Colon still has the desire to play one more season in the MLB.
Colon has been pitching in Major League Baseball for 21 seasons, which includes 11 different organizations. He would like to finish out his career with the New York Mets, but is open to joining other teams.
Colon is Not Ready to Retire
The four-time All-Star has put together some memorable moments, but his best years were likely with the Mets. He spent from 2014-2016 in New York, helping the Mets get to the World Series in 2015. Colon went 44-33 with a 3.90 ERA and 415 strikeouts through 98 games (95 starts) with the Mets.
Colon has not pitched in the MLB since the 2018 season when he was with the Texas Rangers. During the 2018 season, Colon went 7-12 with a 5.78 ERA with 81 strikeouts through 28 games. Colon did not pitch well during the 2017 season either, so it looked like the end of the road for him. However, it appears Colon is not quite ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.
Unfortunately, it does not appear that the Mets have a rotation spot open at the moment. They lost Noah Syndergaard for the season due to Tommy John surgery. Despite losing Syndergaard, the Mets still have a solid starting rotation. If the season started today the Mets rotation would feature, Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha, and Steven Matz. Possibly, Colon could be a long reliever out of the bullpen. He’d also be a nice insurance piece in case someone goes down in the rotation.
It’ll be interesting to see if Colon is able to land another MLB job and finish out his career on his terms. During the late stages of his career he has built somewhat of a cult following around the league. Right now, Colon is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate after 21 seasons. He has a 4.12 ERA, 247 wins, and 2,535 strikeouts throughout his long career in the MLB. Baseball fans would certainly love to see Colon get one more season in the MLB. We’ll see if Colon is able to land a roster spot somewhere whenever the MLB does return this summer.