Bartolo Colón will get a proper MLB sendoff in September, more than a year after he announced his intention to retire from baseball. The New York Mets announced that Colón will officially retire as a member of the team Sept. 17 before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.
Bartolo Colón will officially retire as a member of the #Mets on Sunday, Sept. 17.
The first 15,000 fans attending the Sept. 17 game will receive a Bartolo Colón “Big Sexy” long sleeve shirt. 🎟️👉 https://t.co/nJL1R9sKf7 pic.twitter.com/gqYrPfGaMd
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 29, 2023
It was reported in June by baseball insider Héctor Gómez that Colón would be honored at a Mets-Angels game in August.
Colón, who turned 50 in April, pitched three years with the Mets from 2014 to '16. Colón's career spanned 21 years and 11 MLB teams. He last saw MLB action in 2018 for the Texas Rangers, with whom he pitched 146 1/3 innings to a 5.78 ERA, 1.346 WHIP and 81 strikeouts.
Colón has a career 4.12 ERA, 1.312 WHIP and 2,535 career strikeouts. He made four All-Star teams and was the 2005 Cy Young winner after leading MLB with 21 wins.
Colón was perhaps most known for his first and only career home run. He smacked a dinger to left field in a 2016 game for the Mets against the Padres.
Happy 50th birthday, Bartolo Colón!
Bartolo is still the oldest player in AL/NL history to hit their first home run! pic.twitter.com/KbsY0KGbUg
— MLB Vault (@MLBVault) May 24, 2023
Although he has been out of MLB action for some time, Colón pitched 3 2/3 innings for Águilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican Professional Baseball League in 2018-19 and 61 1/3 innings for Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League in 2021.
He threw out the first pitch at the Mets' May 7 game against the Rockies on the seven-year anniversary of his iconic home run.