Goodbye to ‘Big Sexy’: Dominican Bartolo Colón retires from the Major Leagues with the New York Mets [Videos] | The USA Print

Goodbye to 'Big Sexy': Dominican Bartolo Colón retires from the Major Leagues with the New York Mets [Videos]

Goodbye to 'Big Sexy': Dominican Bartolo Colón retires from the Major Leagues with the New York Mets [Videos] | The USA Print

The iconic Dominican pitcher Bartolo Colón announced this Sunday his official retirement from Major League Baseball and he did so wearing the New York Mets jersey., in a press conference held at the Citi Field facilities. This, despite the fact that he played with 11 other organizations throughout his outstanding career.

Approximately a month and a half ago, the ‘Big Sexy’ had let it be known that this September 17 he would make his retirement from baseball official and acknowledged that he decided to do so with the Mets, along with the team’s fans at Citi Field, because It was an organization for which he has a lot of affection and where he most enjoyed pitching in the last years of his career.

“I played with many teams during my career, but Playing for the Mets was very special for me. (…) The fans treated me very well,” said the Dominican when he revealed that it could end his 21-year career.

It is worth remembering that one of the most unforgettable moments of Bartolo Colón’s career was with the New York Mets, nothing more and nothing less than his only home run on August 7, 2016 against the San Diego Padres, when National League pitchers were still hitting.

So mutual is that affection that The whole of the Big Apple decided to pay tribute to Bartolo Colón, using his photo on social networks and carrying out various events in the stadium, such as the delivery of a jersey with his number 40 framed in a painting.

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But not everything stopped there, since the Cy Young Award-winning right-hander was in charge of throwing the first pitch of the game that was received by Brandon Nimmo, who went directly to hug him near the mound after the throw.

The Dominican right-hander is remembered for being one of the few pitchers of this century, who played until he was 45 years old. His time in the Big Apple ninth was between the ages of 41 and 43, but That short time was enough for the team to welcome him as one of its most emblematic players..

During his three seasons with the New York Mets between 2014 and 2016, the former pitcher, now 50 years old, He left a record of 44-34 with an ERA of 3.90.

In his 21 seasons in the MLB, he wore the uniforms of 11 teams, and managed to pitch in 565 games of which 552 were starts. Over there He left a record of 247-188 with a percentage of runs allowed of 4.12, and he also finished his career with 2,535 strikeouts in 3,462.2 innings.

Also won an American League Cy Young Award in 2005 and was selected to four All-Star Games.

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