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Encyclopedia > Bartolo Colón

Bartolo Colón (born May 24, 1973 in Altamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played for the Cleveland Indians (1997-2002), Montreal Expos (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003) and Anaheim Angels & Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004-present). He bats and throws right handed. May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Puerto Plata is one the northern provinces of the Dominican Republic. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Washington Nationals is a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. It relocated to Washington from Montréal, Québec, Canada after the 2004 season. ... Chicago White Sox American League AAA Charlotte Knights AA Birmingham Barons A Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators R Bristol White Sox Great Falls White Sox The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... For the Pacific Coast League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels (PCL). ...

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Biography

A big prospect coming from the Dominican Republic, Colón was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 1993 and made his major league debut on April 4, 1997. In sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has run out and is now free to sign with another team. ... See also: 1992 in sports, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt Two top NASCAR drivers--Alan Kulwicki, the 1992 series champion, and Davey Allison, were killed in aviation accidents. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... See also: 1996 in sports, 1998 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Arie Luyendyk CART Racing - Alex Zanardi won the season...


In his first season, Colón did not quite live up to his expectations, going 4-7 with a 5.65 ERA. He would live up to those expectations soon after. In his real breakthrough 1999 season, one year after helping his Indians to the 1998 American League Championship Series, even in a lost cause against the Yankees, Colón finished 18-5, pitching over 200 innings with 161 strikeouts and a 3.95 ERA in innings pitched. In baseball statistics, earned run average (denoted by ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series. ... New York Yankees American League AAA Columbus Clippers AA Trenton Thunder A Charleston RiverDogs Tampa Yankees Staten Island Yankees R Gulf Coast Yankees The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


In 2000, Colón eclipsed his strikeouts number by 51, ending with 212, but at the same time he posted a career-high 98 walks. It was clear he was developing as a pitcher, but he had to learn to get his control back. He did just that, finishing the 2002 season with just 70 walks in 233 innings. However, he also finished the year on a different city. It was his best season to date, but it came in both Cleveland and Montreal. He was sent to the Expos in the midseason in the same trade that brought Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips and Cliff Lee to the Indians. Colón finished with a combined 20-8 record and a a 2.93 ERA, including only 76 earned runs, three shutouts, and eight complete games. After his good numbers, every team in major leagues wanted him, but only a few were willing to bid enough for him. Before the 2003 season, Colón was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He finished with a 15-13 record. A free agent after the season, he signed with the Anaheim Angels. Colón won 18 games with Anaheim in 2004. In addition to being considered one of the best right-handed starters in the American League, his 2005 salary with the Angels is $11,000,000. This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 6 - Major League Baseball officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is used in baseball to track the performance of pitchers and batters. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Concordia Salus (Salvation through harmony) Ville de Montréal, Québec, Canada Location. ... Cliff Lee is a starting pitcher who currently plays for the Cleveland Indians. ... In baseball, a shutout refers to a game in which one team wins without allowing the opposing team to score any runs. ... In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June April 4 - Sammy Sosa hits his 500th career home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Sullivan in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park, becoming only the 18th player in Major League Baseball history to... This year in baseball: 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June February 15: Alex Rodriguez is traded to the New York Yankees. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Calendar May 23: Baseball Hall of Fame Game - Boston Red Sox vs. ...


Career statistics

Between 1997 and 2004, Colón has compiled a 118-74 record with 1278 strikeouts and a 4.01 in 1597.0 innings.


Highlights

  • Made the 1998 American League All-Star team
  • Won his only start of the 1998 ALCS pitching a four-hit, one-run complete game

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ...

External links

  • ESPN (profile and 2005 statistics) (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5763)
  • Baseball-Reference.com  (http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/colonba01.shtml) - career statistics and analysis

 
 

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