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.
Bartolo Colon was recognized by the Guinness World Records before tonight’s game, for becoming the oldest player in major league history to hit his first major league home run at the tender age of 42 years and 349 days. Colon had accomplished the feat back on May 7th at San Diego off of Padres pitcher James Shields. Colon is having an exceptional year thus far as he went 2-0 to earn co-NL Player of the Week honors for the week of May 2-7. He also passed Pedro Martinez for the second-most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher on May 3rd. Congratulations to Big Sexy!
Major League Baseball named Bartolo Colon Co-NL Player of the Week for the week of May 2-8, with Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, yesterday afternoon. Colon went 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA last week, with one walk and twelve strikeouts. A few notable accomplishments over the past week include, on May 2nd Colon tossed eight shutout innings against Atlanta, to move past Pedro Martinez into second place with 220 wins by a Dominican-born pitcher. On May 7th against San Diego, he picked up the win and became the oldest player to hit his first major league home run. This was Colon’s fifth Player of the Week honor, and his second award in the last two years with Mets. He won once last year during the week of August 31-September 6. In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Colon will receive a custom watch. The award couldn’t have gone to a better individual than Colon.
The New York Mets (18-11) defeated the San Diego Padres (13-18) tonight at Petco Park by the final score of 6-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Bartolo Colon hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 2nd inning. He also pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and only walked 1.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 1-3 with a 2-run HR.
- David Wright was 2-2 with a solo HR, and 3 walks.
- Michael Conforto was 1-4 with a solo HR and a walk.
- Kevin Plawecki was 2-3 with 2 doubles and a run scored.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect 9th inning to receive his 9th save of the season.
Tonight’s ball game will not be remembered for anything else other than Bartolo Colon’s home run heard around the world. It was truly a special moment and I honestly couldn’t believe what I was witnessing as he rounded the bases. Colon made waves during the spring when went deep during pitchers batting practice and many were disappointed when there was no video evidence. Colon made sure there was video evidence tonight when he uncorked his 357 foot bomb to left field. With the home run, Colon became the oldest major leaguer to hit his first career home run at 42 years old and 349 days. Surprisingly Colon isn’t the oldest Met to ever hit a home run as that title belongs to the ageless Julio Franco, who did it back in May of 2007, at the age of 48. Oh yeah Colon did an admirable job on the mound as well, as his lone mistake came off the bat of Padres center fielder Jon Jay who hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the third.
The Mets home run party continued tonight which obviously included Bartolo Colon. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two run bomb in the top of the first inning to give the Mets the early lead. Cespedes has been nothing short of spectacular since coming to the Mets. In 82 games since being acquired Cespedes has hit .288 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI’s. Those numbers would be good for the equivalent of half of a season, which are numbers many great players around the league put up in a full season. Also David Wright and Michael Conforto went back-to-back in the top of the 9th to put the Mets up comfortably by three runs. The Mets have hit six back-to-back home runs this season which leads the majors. 57% of the Mets runs have come by the long ball, which just goes to show how much the Mets are dependent on hitting home runs to win ball games.
Colon’s home run will go down as one of the greatest moments in Mets history, and I have provided a video of tonight’s moment below so you can relive it over and over again.
- The Mets will go for the split of the four game series in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 4:40 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on WPIX.
- Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76 ERA) will get the start for the Mets opposing Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85 ERA).