Bartolo Colón has made history once again.
Tuesday night, he and the Texas Rangers took down the Seattle Mariners 11-4. The 45-year-old went seven innings, surrendering eight hits and four runs (earned). Not only was that enough to secure the win, but said win put him atop one particular mountain all by himself. With 246 wins, Colón now has the most wins for a Latin American pitcher. Per ESPN, though, he didn’t think he’d even get the ball back.
“I thought [first baseman Jurickson] Profar was going to throw the ball away to the public, to the fans,” he said. “But I saw it and then I started laughing because it happened that way. … It was a long journey, but it finally came and it feels good.”
Not producing a walk and only striking out one batter helped keep his pitch count down as well. Colón only needed 94 pitches to get through seven innings. The win puts him at 6-10 on the season while the Rangers are now 50-65 in what’s been another lost campaign.
And Colón just keeps pitching. Something tells us he’ll pitch until he’s 50 if someone gives him the chance to. Yet with the way he’s been pitching — not all that effectively — it’s odd to see him continue to get so many starts. In 23 appearances (21 starts), Colón has a 5.18 ERA and 5.21 FIP. That’s who he is now; there’s no denying it. But that’s not what this is about.
Colón is now a record holder. He’s in his 21st career Major League season, which has given us four All-Star appearances — not to mention one Cy Young award. Now he’s the winningest pitcher Latin America has ever seen. There’s something to be said for longevity, and Colón has certainly displayed this over the past two decades.
So if this is the end, it’s been quite a journey.