It is hard to believe that Bartolo Colon grew up without electricity, water or a plumbing system. He worked long hours each day, trying to help keep his family fed. Growing up as a youngster in the Dominican Republic was not easy, especially for someone with big dreams.
Ever since the Brooklyn Dodgers discovered baseball talent in the 1950’s, MLB scouts have been mining Dominican born players, for baseball gold.
In 1993 Bartolo was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent. He played in Single A, finishing first in wins. Colon had a very successful minor league career, before making it into the MLB.
In 2013 Bartolo Colon signed a 2 year deal with the Mets. After signing he recorded his first hit in 9 years. On August 8, 2014 Bartolo earned his 200th win, making him the third Dominican born pitcher, to reach this milestone (behind Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal). In 2015, Bartolo was the Mets opening day starter. Later that year, he also set the most consecutive decisions in a season for the Mets, receiving 26 decisions in 26 starts.
Bartolo had a great season for the Mets. He really put in hard work, grinding all the time, trying to perfect his game. His hard work really showed in games. He was able to show off his athleticism in plays like this.
In December 2015, Colon signed a 1 year deal with the Mets, making him the oldest active MLB player.
Now in 2016 Big Sexy is loved by Mets fans and teammates. He is really valued by the Mets club, and has seem to have found a home, possibly one to end a career.
He has started off the year pitching very well, throwing in 6 games so far going 2-1 with an ERA around 2.50. Not bad for an old dude, but in reality he doesn’t look old while he’s on the rubber. I’d really love, and expect to see Bartolo have an awesome year.
He’s an inspiration for many baseball players who dream big. His journey to the MLB shows that anything can happen, by fully applying yourself, grinding and believing in yourself.