Bartolo Colon considering retirement after debut with Twins
Bartolo Colon has told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he is contemplating retirement following his debut with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Colon, 44, took the loss in the Twins’ 6-3 setback against the New York Yankees, going four innings and surrendering four earned runs on eight hits.
The veteran pitcher is currently scheduled to start for the Twins against the Los Angeles Dodgers next week. Colon says a promise to his mother, who passed away in 2014, is perhaps one of the few things preventing him from hanging it up for good.
“Right now, this is the only job I can do — play ball — and I wanted to keep on playing because I promised my mom before she left us that I would to play until I was 45,” Colon said. “But we’ll see, because it would seem that I may not be able to keep [that promise].”
Colon doesn’t turn 45 until May 24 next year, and as he mentions, the decision on whether he can fulfill that promise might not be in his hands.
After signing with the Atlanta Braves this past offseason after a successful stint with the New York Mets, was 2-8 with a 8.14 ERA before the ball club cut him loose.
Still, despite taking the loss, Colon’s start Tuesday wasn’t all that bad. He rung up Aaron Judge, freezing the Yankees slugger.
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Colon also showcased some “Big Sexy” nimbleness during the game, coming off the mound to field a dribbler before tagging out Garrett Cooper.
Still, it appears Colon hasn’t yet decided what to do ahead of Monday’s scheduled start, which Twins skipper Paul Molitor expects Colon to make. And Colon indicated that will be the case.
“I’ve had those thoughts [about retirement]. I’ve thought about it, so we’ll see,” Colon said. “This year things have gone very badly, and a lot of things come to mind, that maybe it’s better to hang up my glove, as one says, but we’ll see what happens in my next start.”