After a year away from professional baseball, Bartolo Colon, age 47, is attempting a comeback, and his preferred destination would be a return to the New York Mets. The team that catapulted the hefty righty to a new level of internet fame with the advent of the moniker “Big Sexy.”
Colon had a second (or third) career revitalization with Mets from 2014-2016, where he led a star-studded Mets staff that featured Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler in wins all three seasons. Big Sexy made the All-Star team in 2016 and put together a 15-8 record.
After leaving New York, things fell apart for Colon quickly and dramatically. After the Mets refused to bring back the fan favorite in 2017, he went south to Atlanta where he struggled drastically compiling an ERA over 8 and received his walking papers shortly afterwards. From there, he landed in Minnesota where he bounced partially back and finished his Central Division stint at 5-6. In 2018, Colon pitched his final season in the Majors in Texas where he had a respectable 7-12 record at age 45.
After one Cy Young and three other top six finishes for the award, and two seasons showing his age, the league decided to move on from Bartolo Colon. For the first time since 1996 he failed to appear in a Major League game. The league had decided for him, he was done.
Now, after a year off, he’s back on the bump and training for one last run in the Majors. He’s turned his personal Instagram account into a training montage recruitment video.
Look at this MACHINE. King Bart is on a warpath. Why not let a motivated Colon come in and fight for the fifth starting spot with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha? Not only does Bartolo have the desire to come back to the Mets, but he is also selling his new book Big Sexy.
Bartolo Colon is slinging baseballs and hocking books. Rekindling America’s love of literature and bringing attention to America’s Pastime.
Whether it is coming in from the bullpen or as a fifth or spot starter, the Mets should at least give Colon a look. He anchored a dominant pitching staff that went to the World Series in 2015 and helped to lead the new generation of Mets pitchers during the beginning of their careers. Colon has earned one last tryout or run with the Mets, and with the new shortened season, can you really have enough experienced arms on staff?