Bartolo Colón Became The Oldest Latin Player To Open An Inaugural Game


Today science has done wonders, players who for one reason or another had to retire from baseball at an early age, but thanks to modern medicine this was been allowed to return. In most cases they come with more force and energy. Such is the history of Dominican right-hander Bartolo Colon, who at the end of the 2009 season with the Chicago White Sox had to retire, only to return in 2011 after undergoing a procedure which led to the transplant of stem cells, this to revive his elbow, shoulder and right arm.

After this procedure, the veteran had a successful training session before several major league teams, one being the New York Yankees. The New Yorker to observe and note the stability of his pitches that roamed the 93 mph he reached one-year team. Many thought it could be a risk, but Colon proved otherwise and finished the 2011 season on a good note; 8-10, 4.00 ERA, and was launched impressive 164 1/3. A respectable performance, especially in a park like Yankee Stadium where righties should be careful by that short right-field fence, the power line is 314-353, comfortable for left-handed hitters as in other parks the average distance It is 325-370.

The following year, Columbus is signed by the Oakland Athletics, where he was 10-9 mark, 3.43 in 2012 and 18-6, 2.65 (three shutouts) in 2013. In 2014 he signed two-year contract with the New York Mets registering 15-13, 4.09. That is, it has garnered since his return has averaged 51 wins and 178 innings. Whereas his arm was dead and chose retirement. So I consider his return has been the best “Comeback” in recent years with regard to a pitcher.

All these achievements made the veteran Bartolo Colon the honor of launching the inaugural game for the Mets in their commitment at Nationals Park against the Washington Nationals will win. The game took place on April 6. That day Bartolo pitched six strong innings to contain solid battery Washington; It spread 3 hits, allowed one run, walked one and struck out eight strikeouts for the win. In the end, the Mets won 3-1 to achieve decipher releases Cy Young Max Scherzer, who made his debut with the Nationals after signing a lucrative free agent contract and 7-year $ 210-million.

Colon’s performance made him the oldest pitcher to throw a season opener in Mets history. It is day veteran was 41 and 317 days. Indeed, it is the oldest in Latin do. Also, the winner of the Cy Young Award in the American League in 2005, became the oldest starter of an opening game since Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson did at the age of 43 and 42 years respectively, both in 2006.

We wish Bartolo who continue their excellent “Comeback”. It is admirable to see him throw that effort and perseverance that has led him to continue winning laurels when at 36 years of age have seemed that his career was over. However, thanks to science became stem cell operation, and after that he has shown the world that everything is possible. Columbus launches today as a young man of 30 years old.