The MLB Milestone Bartolo Colon Wants to Reach in Potential Return

John Healy
May 26, 2020 - 3:23 pm

Bartolo Colon has made his intentions clear that he wants to come back, and for good reason.

The righthander, who turned 47 just a few days ago, has his eyes on a meaningful milestone — to become the all-time Dominican leader in career innings pitched.

“I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colon told The Associated Press on Monday, per the NY Daily News. “I’m still hoping of reaching my goal of 46 innings. I’ll sign with the first team who wants me.”

Forty-six more innings would surpass Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal’s Dominican-born record of 3,507 innings pitched in the majors over his 16-year career. Colon currently stands at 3,461.2 innings pitched.

While Colon has not pitched since 2018 with the Texas Rangers, he has continued to pursue opportunities outside of MLB.

In February, he agreed to pitch for the Mexican League’s Acereros de Monglova, but like MLB and many other professional sports leagues across the globe, the season has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 18, he told ESPN’s Marly Rivera he wished to play in the MLB in 2020  after failing to land a contract in 2019, and he would preferably want to rejoin the Mets — where he was beloved and earned the nickname “Big Sexy.”

As Major League Baseball attempts to figure out a plan and ramp things back up for a 2020 season, perhaps Colon could get offered to join a team in spring training 2.0 just to give him a shot at achieving his milestone.