The Mets announced that Bartolo Colon has been added to the National League All-Star roster replacing San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner who is starting on Sunday and will be unavailable to pitch.
“It means a lot, especially for someone my age,” Colon said through an interpreter. “It surprised me a lot. There’s a lot of great ballplayers around the league, and I wasn’t expecting this.”
Colon, 43, is 7-4 this season with a 3.28 ERA and 1.216 WHIP while walking only 1.6 batters per nine innings. This will be Big Sexy’s fourth All-Star selection for Bartolo and his first since 2013 when he went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA with the Oakland Athletics.
The veteran right-hander said he wants to pitch one more season before hanging them up. “Just one more.” Colon said. “As long as God gives me the opportunity and I remain healthy.”
Bart was the winning pitcher for the American League in the 1998 All-Star game despite giving up a three-run homer to Barry Bonds.
Colon will also receive a $50,000 bonus for the All-Star game selection. Bart will be returning to Petco Park where he hit his first career home run.
If Bartolo was able to pick up the win on Tuesday, he would become the oldest pitcher in All-Star game history to do so passing former Met Nolan Ryan. Ryan was 42-years old when he got the win in the 1989 game.