The hour of retirement has soon come for Bartolo Colon, who still wishes to participate in a few more matches before closing this chapter of his history.
At 49, Colon would now like to play one last season in the Dominican Winter Baseball League so that he can say a proper farewell to his sport.
“God willing, I would like to throw some games [with the Águilas Cibaeñas] to be able to say goodbye to baseball and to all those Dominican fans, because they deserve it,” revealed the former Montreal Expos to the local channel Tv Quisqueya.
Colon, who had indicated that he wanted to return to major league baseball this season with the New York Mets, had to face the facts. Despite his unparalleled longevity, he was no longer at a high enough level.
Be that as it may, he has no intention of hanging on his cleats without having had one last chance to evolve to the mound. So he prepared for any eventuality.
“I never stopped training,” he said. I always train in my city and pitch against the young people there. I've always been ready for anything, anything that happens to me. I just keep working.”
Colon played 21 seasons, until age 45, in major league baseball with 11 different teams. He notably won the Cy-Young Trophy in the American League in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels by virtue of a 21-8 record and a 3.48 earned run average.