Bartolo Colon Newsbeat
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Hamburger Hill, in Colon’s case.
When the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins and said he’d be their highest-leverage reliever, we were all like, “Hey, what could go wrong? He’s only 41 and hasn’t done this job since 2004. And he’s got only two seasons in his whole career with more than 14 saves.”
Well, Monday night Hawkins collected his 21st save this season… How does Hawkins do it? Just like [Bartolo] Colon, with lots and lots of fastballs, although Hawkins does throw significantly harder, averaging around 93 miles an hour. And that’s the most interesting about him: Hawkins hasn’t lost anything off his fastball in a long time now. You’re supposed to lose something as you age. That’s what they always say, right? But Hawkins threw 93 in 2002 when he was 29, and he throws 93 in 2014 when he’s 41. He threw his slider 88 and his curveball 78 in 2004 when he was 31, and he throws his slider 88 and his curveball 78 in 2014 when heâs 41.
One more note about Hawkins ... As you might recall, he began his career as a highly regarded starting pitcher. Except that didn’t work out well, at all. After five seasons that included 98 starts and a 6.11 ERA, the Twins finally shifted Hawkins to relief duties, and in 15 years as a fireman— he hasn’t started a single game in the last 15 years— he’s posted a solid 3.25 ERA. Of course, many failed starters have enjoyed long careers as relievers. But I’m not sure many have done it as dramatically as LaTroy Hawkins.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyone’s favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.
The four teams in the CBL (Clone Baseball League) are:
• The Adam Dunns
• The Dee Gordons
• The Bartolo Colons
• The Koji Ueharas
These are the jokes!
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Who you callin’ “round”?
Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today’s world of advanced stats and metrics, it’s still kinda cool to see a pitcher reach a round win total that only 111 pitchers before him have reached. In this case, we’re talking about 41-year-old Bartolo Colon, who on Friday night notched career win No. 200 in the New York Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies…
With the victory, Colon becomes the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win plateau, joining Tim Hudson (213 career wins) and CC Sabathia (208). Colon is also the third Dominican-born pitcher to win 200, joining Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219). That’s very good company.
‘‘I’m really happy to be in that category,’’ Colon said through an interpreter. ‘‘I’m expecting a call from those guys.’‘
If it seems like Colon found the Fountain of Youth, it might be true. Since turning 40 on May 24, 2013, he’s won 25 games…
Given how well Colon has pitched these past two seasons, it would seem he has at least one more decent season left in him, maybe two. Obviously 300 wins is out of the questions and 250 is an extreme longshot, but 215-220 may not be. Getting there would move him into the top 80 on the all-time wins list.
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