Bartolo still strong at 42

Matt Hehl, Online Editor in Chief & Business Manager

When they hit their forties, most MLB players opt to hang up the cleats rather than head back for another season. Forty-two year-old Bartolo Colon is not one of those players. Given his age, many around the league are wondering if he’s really worth signing. There’s no doubt in my mind that Colon still has a lot of gas left in the tank.

At 5’11’, 283 lbs, Bartolo is a behemoth of a man who strikes fear into any who dare step into the batter’s box. In 2015 he started 31 games (including one complete game shutout), held a 4.16 ERA, threw 136 strikeouts, and walked away with a 14-13 record. He even passed a record set by Hall of Famer Cy Young by pitching 31 consecutive frames without giving up a run. If I didn’t include the name, you might think I was talking about a young pitching prospect who was about to tear up the league.

Many detractors try to say that Colon’s age will catch up with him and he will end up having a major career-ending injury, but like fine wine, Bartolo gets better with age. Bartolo’s game is three dimensional. Not only can he pitch, but he can bat too! In 2015 alone, Colon had 20 hits (2 of which were doubles), scored six runs, and drove in nine Runs Batted In (RBI)s.

If you are trying to tell me that this future Hall of Fame candidate doesn’t have what it takes to start on opening day for any team next year, then I’m afraid you’re gravely mistaken. At this rate, I estimate Colon will still be pitching well into his sixties, and in that time will pull in at least three or four Cy Young awards.