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Born May 24, 1973 in the Dominic Republic, Bartolo Colon is an MLB pitcher with the New York Mets. Colon's four-seam fastball is in the range of 90 to 94 mph, and his two-seamer is around 88 to 91 mph. However, earlier in his career, his four-seam fastball used to reach 100 mph at times. He mainly uses the seam combination, but can also throw a slider and a changeup as well.
Bartolo Colon started his professional baseball career in 1993, when he was selected as a free agent by Cleveland Indians. In 1995, he was a pitcher for Kinston, a Single-A team of the Carolina League. He was the top pitcher of the circuit, striking out 152, and ERA of 1.96. Even though he was injured in August, he was still named Pitcher of the Year, and Minor League Player of the Year, for the Indians. In 2003, Colon was traded to the Chicago White Sox, and after the season, he became a free agent and signed a deal with the Anaheim Angles. In 2004, he won 18 games, and in 2005, he had a record of 21-8 and ERA of 3.48.
After 2007 season, Colon has played for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Oakland Athletics. The Athletics signed him for a one-year contract in 2012, and in April he managed 38 strikes consecutively, which is the most in MLB since 1988, when such data was recorded first. The start of the 2012 season was with 2.64 ERA and 3-1 record, but later Colon faltered in the next seven starts, with 5.80 ERA and a record of 1-4. In December 2013, Colon signed a two-year contract worth $20 million, with the New York Mets. In June 2014, he made the first double hit of his career, and in August, he earned his 200th win, which was against Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.Continue reading "Bartolo Colon"