Yes you read that headline right, Bartolo Colon has been named to the NL All Star team this afternoon replacing Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner who was removed from the team today. Bumgarner is expected to start on Sunday which takes him out of pitching in Tuesday night’s game, and manager Terry Collins elected to go with one of his own guys for the team.
This will be the 43-year old’s fourth All Star Game appearance, with his last appearance coming back in 2010 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Colon will be the oldest All Star since Mariano Rivera (also 43) who pitched in the game back in 2013.
Colon has arguably been the stabilizing force in the Mets rotation this season and he has had a remarkable season at the age of 43, which included his first career home run in the same ballpark he will playing in on Tuesday night. Colon has compiled a 7-4 record with a 3.28 ERA in 17 starts and one relief appearance this season for the Mets.
Colon will not only join manager Terry Collins and the entire Mets coaching staff in San Diego, but he will also join teammates Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard, and Jeurys Familia who all made the NL All Star team as well.
You can catch the 87th annual All Star Game live from Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday night on FOX.