Bartolo Colon is a national treasure. His jolly nature and resemblance to the every day man has made him one of the most popular players in the game. The 44-year-old struggled in 2017, getting released from the Braves halfway through the season after posting a 2-8 record with an ERA north of eight.
But things changed when Colon was signed by the Twins. Colon posted a 5-6 record, with a 5.18 ERA in 15 starts. He was a fixture in a struggling rotation, and helped the Twins claim a spot in the Wild Card Game.
Colon toed the rubber in the final game of the season for the Twins, against the Detroit Tigers. Big Sexy went six and a third innings, allowing one run on three hits, and struck out four.
After recording the first out in the top of the seventh, Colon was pulled from the game and received a standing ovation in what could be his last career start. Walking off the field, he tipped his cap to the crowed, and embraced former Indians teammate and current Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel.
Colon has endured a solid 20-year Major League career. He has produeced a career record of 240-176, with a 4.04 ERA and 2454 strikeouts in 3,315 innings. Colon was named to four All Star teams, and took home the 2005 AL Cy Young award as a member of the Angels. Colon won 21 games and pitched to a 3.48 ERA in 2005, leading the Angels to the ALCS.
Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of Bartolo Colon. He has said that playing next year is his goal, fulfilling a promise he made to his late mother. Regardless if this is his last start or not, Colon has had a fantastic career, and is one of the better characters the game has seen.