While much of baseball Twitter spent last weekend celebrating the five-year anniversary of Bartolo Colón's only career home run, the veteran right-hander was preparing for another campaign.
Colón, who will turn 48 on May 24, is set to pitch for Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League in 2021. The 18-team league will begin their season on May 20, and Colón looked pretty sharp in a recent tune-up:
Colón - affectionally referred to as "Big Sexy" - spent 21 years in the majors, with stints with Cleveland, the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers.
Though Colón spent the largest chunk of his career in Cleveland and won the 2005 American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Angels, many remember him most for the three seasons with the Mets. Not only did he hit the aforementioned home run while donning a Mets uniform, but Colón became a cult hero that was part of the 2015 team that reached the World Series.
Colón has never officially retired from Major League Baseball, pretty continuously hinting that he'd love to play one more year in the league. However, the Mexican League may be the highest level he pitches at moving forward, considering that he posted a 5.78 ERA in 146 1/3 innings in 2018, his most recent MLB season.