It has been some career for New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.
A few years ago, reaching the 200-win plateau seemed unrealistic for Colon. From 2006-2009, he only started 47 games due to injury, and was not even a shade of the pitcher he once was. In 2010, Colon was out of baseball altogether, and it seemed like the end of the road for the former Cy Young award winner. In 2011, he got a shot with the New York Yankees and seized the opportunity, as he was able to reestablish himself in the major leagues.
His stellar 2013 season earned him a nice two-year $20 million deal with the Mets, and he has been everything the team has needed him to be. They needed a veteran arm to come in a clog the void that was left by Matt Harvey in the rotation. Obviously it is tough to be Harvey, but Colon has done an excellent job for the Mets this season. He isn’t even having nearly as good of a year as he did last season, but he’s flat-out gotten the job done, and I commend him for that.
With Colon earning his 200th career win on Friday, he joins Juan Marichal and former Met Pedro Martinez as the only Dominican born pitchers to win 200 games in MLB. That is some fine company right there; Marichal and Martinez are two of the better pitchers in baseball history, and it really doesn’t get much better than those two.
It has been great to watch Colon pitch this season with the Mets. I never got to see him over an extended period of time, and I’m glad I’ve gotten that opportunity this year. His antics on the field are great, watching him bat is absolutely priceless, and his cool, calm and collected mentality is like none other.
This milestone was 17 years in the making, and Colon should soak in every second of this moment.