Veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to walk away from baseball even at the age of 46. Colon, who last played in majors in 2018, recently said that he is eyeing one more season in MLB before retiring.
Colon’s most recent team in MLB were Texas Rangers, with whom he spent the 2018 season. After sitting out in 2019, he signed with Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican Baseball League.
Colon would now like to get one more shot in the majors, although he knows this isn’t the most likely scenario.
“I thought that last year maybe I would have the opportunity,” Colon told ESPN in a recent video call. “I know that if it didn’t happen last year, this year would be less likely. I’m getting older, and the game is all about the young pitchers coming up. When you get older, teams no longer need your services.”
Colon also has a preferred destination if he manages to secure a return to MLB. He would like to return to New York Mets, where he played between 2016 and 2018.
“If it was up to me, I would retire with the Mets. I would like my career to end in New York,” he added.
Bartolo Colon played a total of 21 seasons in the majors, pitching for 10 different organizations, including Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, and Oakland Athletics. He is a four-time All-Star and has won the AL Cy Young Award in 2005.
Colon’s career stats include 247–188 record, 4.12 ERA, and 2,535 strikeouts.