Certainly not the greatest baseball pitcher of all time, but in fact, Bartolo Colon has written his name in the history of professional baseball with gold. Since he is a free player, it is clear that he has his heyday far behind him, but this has not stopped Bartolo Colon from playing the beautiful game and setting records, as he has always done from the beginning of his career. In the 2018 season, he became the oldest active MLB pitcher. Let us learn more about Colon.
Bartolo Colon Bio
Bartolo Colon was born in Altamira, Dominican Republic, on May 24, 1973, the son of Miguel and Adriana Colon. He spent his childhood with his parents in a house that had no running water, sanitary facilities, or electricity. Bartolo took over the responsibility at a very tender age when, at the age of 9, he began to work alongside his father, helping him to harvest coffee beans and fruits.
He was taught how to play baseball by his father, although he had to play with a piece of a tightly-knit rag because his family was too poor to afford a real ball. As a result, he worshipped his father. Even as a young boy, Bartolo showed dominance in the game at competitions in the neighborhood. However, he first attracted attention at the age of 16 when a Cleveland Indian bird dog watched him play at a youth game. One might have thought that this was the beginning of a bright future for the young Bartolo, but it was not, because he was rejected from several competitions, even though he was old enough for a contract.
He finally managed to win his auditions, but he had to wait another two years before he was signed by the Indians in 1993 before he could play his first pro season in 1994.
1995 was a year of breakthrough for Bartolo. His outstanding achievements did not go unnoticed, as he received double awards as League Pitcher of the Year and Indian Under-League Player of the Year. Since then, Bartolo has made history and written his name in the baseball world with gold. He has played for several teams including the Montreal Expos, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, New York Metz, the Atlanta Braves, the Minnesota Twins, and the Texas Rangers.
If you’ve ever wondered why Bartolo is considered one of the greatest players to ever honor the game of baseball, here are some facts to pique your curiosity.
In 2005 he was the leader of the AL victories and also received this year’s AL Cy Young Awards. Big Sexy, as he was nicknamed, has participated in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game four times (1998, 2005, 2013, and 2016). In September 2018, his MLB statistics show 565 games in which he played 552 games. While his losses are 188, his wins are a whopping 247, with innings thrown at 3461.2, strikeouts at 2535, and walks + hits / innings pitched at 1.31.
Net Worth and Salary
With an estimated net worth of $70 million, Bartolo Colon is obviously one of the top earners in the game. In 1997, when he played for the Cleveland Indians, he earned a salary of $150,000, the lowest he has ever earned in his career. The following year, his earnings rose to $180,000. In 2000, after signing a new contract with the Cleveland Indians, he earned a $1 million salary, making him one of the few baseball players who earned that much back then.
The highest salary he earned in a single year was in 2017 when he earned a whopping $12.5 million.
Wife and Family
In 1996 he closed the wedding knot with Rosanna Colon, whom he met in the Dominican Republic at the age of 13. The couple has lived life together and gave birth to four sons named Bartolo Jr, Emilio, Wilder, and Randy. The loving couples have shared much with each other and on September 30, 2014, they became U.S. citizens.
Bartolo Weight and Height.
With a height of 180 cm and a weight of 129 kg, the popular baseball pitcher is clearly the farthest from being sexy, but it is important to mention that he was not always that tall. In fact, he was very thin when he first stopped his career in 1998.