Bartolo Colon trains harder than you (Video)
Veteran big league starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, now with the Atlanta Braves, is getting ready for baseball season with the greatest workout of all time.
It might be cold outside in the United States, but spring training is only a few months away for MLB players. Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon has signed a one-year deal to play for the Atlanta Braves in 2017.
Colon is 43 years old and has won 233 career games in his 19-year big league career. He may only have one pitch (fastball), but the four-time MLB All-Star and 2005 American League Cy Young winner takes his offseason training very seriously. Here’s Colon taking band resistance training to the next level.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) December 15, 2016
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez points out that Colon is only 10 wins behind Baseball Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most wins all-time by a Dominican-born player. Marichal was a hard-throwing right-hander most notably for the San Francisco Giants in the 1960s.
Colon might be a big guy at 5-foot-11, 285 pounds, but he is the innings eater the Braves need in 2017. Since turning 40 in 2013, Colon has given his team over 190 innings off the rubber. He was an All-Star for the 2013 Oakland Athletics and the 2016 Mets.
Colon has won at least 14 games since the 2013 MLB season. He has become the 2010s version of Jamie Moyer, the former soft-tossing southpaw with the Seattle Mariners and the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2000s. Both pitchers have gotten better with age like fine wine.
Atlanta expects Colon to be a key piece in the top-half of the Braves starting rotation. If he has to do resistance training and look like an elephant trying to jump, so be it. Colon makes baseball fun!
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