Although Bartolo Colón has not thrown a major in majors since September 2018, the 46-year-old does not think about retiring.
Colón hopes to have another big league season and, given the choice, will be together New York Mets.
“I think that last year maybe I would have a chance. I know that if it didn’t happen last year, this year will be even less likely. I’m getting older and playing with young pitchers to come. When you get older, the team no longer needs your service, “Colón said in a video call with ESPN.
Colón, who played 21 seasons and won 247 matches, said his time with the Mets from 2014-2016 holds some of his fondest memories. He highlighted the environment of the young Mets’ clubhouse and pitching staff, in particular Noah Syndergaard, who anointed him “Big Sexy,” which became the title of his newly released autobiography.
“The Mets team is really something special,” he said. “I’ve played with 10 teams, but with the Mets, the way all players treat me, how the whole franchise treats me, from the front office to the kitchen staff, it’s incredible. And Mets fans are the best. At first, when they laughed at me every Every time my helmet falls, at first I feel uncomfortable, but when I see how many fans enjoy it, I ask for a bigger batting helmet so that it will fall more because it’s so much fun for them! “
He added: “If it is up to me, I will retire with the Mets. I want my career to end in New York.”
In his book, “Big Sexy: In His Owns Words,” Colón also discussed his suspension in 2012 for doping and the shame of having to admit it to his family.
“The most difficult thing for me was Sunday when I got a call that I tested positive. But it was even more difficult to tell my father what was happening. I went on to appeal the suspension and spent the next month and a half tightly in my chest.” Colón explained. “On the day my suspension was announced, I called my father. When I told him that I was positive, I began to cry.”
Colón called his 2010 suspension the “most difficult” moment of his career and thanked the Yankees for giving him the chance to return to baseball the following year. Colón, who will turn 47 next week, goes on to play six more seasons, finally surpassing Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez (245) as the most winning Latin pitcher of all time.
“Signing a contract with the Yankees is something special because they brought me back, thanks to Tony Peña. They gave me the opportunity,” he said. “When manager Joe Girardi called me to his office and said, ‘we have a role for you, but that would be as easy as that.’ I told Tony to tell him that I would accept whatever role they had for me, and Girardi said to go home and think about it overnight, and I said I didn’t need to think about it at all; all I wanted was to be in the premier league, even as a bat boy. “
And for Colon, that feeling is still there.
“If I have the chance, I will play in any league; go anywhere,” he said. “If there is a major league team that wants parents, I’m ready!”