Bartolo Colon is at least 43 years old and will take part in his fourth MLB All-Star Game, replacing Madison Bumgarner, who is unavailable to pitch.  Colon is having another solid season, pitching to a 3.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 98.2 IP (17 GS).  His first appearance of the year was out of the bullpen - where he recorded four outs, coming into the game in the 6th inning.

This is what Colon looked like in 1997, as a skinny, 24 year old rookie


The next year, his first full season, he made the All-Star game.  Here he is enjoying the Home Run Derby with Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez.


In 2002, the Cleveland Indians traded Bartolo to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore.  That's one expensive rental!


That offseason he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox for Orlando Hernandez.


Dec 2003 - 31 year old Colon signed a four year $51 mil deal with the Anaheim Angels.


In the 2nd year of that contract, Colon won 21 games and the American League Cy Young Award.  He also appeared in his 2nd All-Star Game.


Colon would only win seven of his final 28 starts with the Angels, with an ERA over 5.00.


Colon would go on to play one season with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, before having elbow surgery sidelined him for the entire 2010 season.


Stem cells were taken from Colon's bone marrow and fat tissue and were then injected into Colon's elbow and shoulder to help repair damaged ligaments and a torn rotator cuff. What raised a red flag within Major League Baseball was that the doctor who performed the procedure, Joseph Purita, advocates the use of human growth hormone with certain non-athlete patients. - NY Daily News

Since his return in 2011, as a 38 year old with the New York Yankees, Colon has made 159 starts, 21st most, winning 72 games 15th best.


In 2013, now 40 years old and pitching for the Oakland Athletics, Colon appeared in his third All-Star Game, and won 18 games.


He is one of 23 pitchers to toss over 1000 innings since the 2011 campaign.  He is 43 years old and pitching with the New York Mets for a third year.  With Matt Harvey done for the year and Zack Wheeler a question mark returning from Tommy John surgery, Colon will be a work horse and the leader of a young pitching staff, trying to get back to the World Series.

Bartolo Colon MLB All-Star

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