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Bartolo Colón Turns 47 — Meet the Legendary Baseball Pitcher of 'Texas Rangers'

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 25, 2020
10:06 A.M.
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Bartolo Colón is a professional baseball player, who turned a year older recently - here are some details about his life.

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Nicknamed “Big Sexy,” Bartolo Colón is a professional baseball pitcher that was born in Altamira, Dominican Republic.

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colón (40) during a regular season National League game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. | Photo: Getty Images

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The baseball player turned 47 on May 24 and to celebrate, Cut4’s official Twitter page posted a video of the celebrant on the pitch with the caption:

“Happy 47th birthday to the man, the myth, the legend...Happy Birthday, Bartolo” 

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According to Major League Baseball’s website, Bartolo, who attended Puerto Plata (DR) High School, was signed by Cleveland Indians, as an amateur free agent in 1993.

Since his MLB debut in ‘97, Colón has an overall 247-188 record in a total of 565 games. He played 552 of those games as a starter.

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Even though he kicked off his career in their minor league system, Bartolo has enjoyed a very successful baseball career, which has been filled with numerous awards, including AL Player of the Week and AL Pitcher of the Month.

ESPN pointed out that Bartolo’s first home run was a historical event that occurred in May 2016. The baseball pro became the oldest player to hit his first major league home run.

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Bartolo has even gone on to add the title of author to his cap as he published his book, "Big Sexy: In His Own Words," earlier this month.

Just before he released the book, the baseball pro hinted at his intent to continue his legacy when he signed a contract to pitch for the Monclova Acereros for the 2020 season.

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Baseball fans are excited to see how long Bartolo will stay in the game as MLB reported that he has outlasted one of the teams he used to play for.

That team would be the Montreal Expos, where he pitched seventeen games, back in 2002. The baseball franchise moved to Washington and became the Nationals for the 2005 season. Colón is the last remaining active player to have been an Expo.

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Meanwhile, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many fans have wondered how the baseball pro would top last year’s birthday celebration when he had an eye-catching cake.

According to MLB, the father-of-four’s cake had all eleven of his teams represented on it in chronological order. CBS Sports added that Colón has not pitched for a Major League team since 2018 when he was part of the Texas Rangers.

The 47-year-old ended the year with a 7-12 record and 5.78 ERA in 146 1/3 innings pitched. The iconic baseball player recorded 3.24 K/BB and 1.346 WHIP.

Since his MLB debut in ‘97, Colón has an overall 247-188 record in a total of 565 games. He played 552 of those games as a starter.

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