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Long-time big-league pitcher Bartolo Colon is officially retiring from Major League Baseball.
It took until age 50 but the legendary Bartolo Colon is retiring from Major League Baseball. The 2005 AL Cy Young winner last pitched in the big leagues in 2018 and will hang 'em up with a 4.12 career ERA and 247 wins across 565 appearances between the then-Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, A's, Mets, Braves, Twins, and Rangers. The Mets will hold an official retirement ceremony for Colon on August 26 prior to a contest with the Angels.
Bartolo Colon told Marly Rivera of ESPN he is hoping to pitch one more season in the majors.
Colon, 46, hasn't pitched in the majors since September of 2018. "I thought that last year maybe I would have the opportunity," Colon said on a video call with ESPN. "I know that if it didn't happen last year, this year would be less likely. I'm getting older and the game is all about the young pitchers coming up. When you get older, teams no longer need your services." The veteran righty added that if it was up to him he would pitch for the Mets. Colon spent three years in Queens, logging at least 190 innings in every season from 2014-16.
Bartolo Colon allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts over four innings against the Angels Wednesday.
Colon took the loss, his second straight. He's now allowed 11 earned runs over his last nine innings. He's merely an innings eater at this point, and he doesn't carry fantasy value with a lack of strikeouts and ugly ratios (ERA and WHIP of 5.55 and 1.32)
Bartolo Colon was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a lower back strain Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The severity of the injury is not known at this time. But regardless fantasy owners should not bother stashing Colon. The veteran starter has been struggling and over his last five starts has a 7.76 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.
Bartolo Colon gave up three earned runs over five innings Monday in a win over the Diamondbacks. Colon only gave up four total hits and issued just one walk while striking out three.
Colon is now 7-10 on the season with a 5.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings. The 45-year-old starter is no longer fantasy relevant and is fortunate to be in the Rangers rotation as the team is desperate for pitching.