Bartolo Colon reached another milestone Tuesday night when he earned career win No. 246, most among foreign-born Latino pitchers. He said he has one more goal on his list.
“Juan Marichal has more innings than me (3,507), and for Dominicans, I want to beat him also,” Colon told reporters, according to MLB.com. “It’s about 50 innings that I have left.”
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In fact, Colon, with 3,445 2/3, needs to throw 61 2/3 more frames to reach that mark. He passed Marichal for most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher when he notched No. 244 on June 18.
Colon moved one ahead of Dennis Martinez (Nicaragua) with his record-setting win Tuesday. His Rangers teammates made it easy by scoring 11 runs off the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez over the first six innings. Colon allowed four runs over seven innings to earn credit for the 11-4 victory.
“It was a long journey, but it finally came,” Colon said, per MLB.com, “and it feels good.”
Bartolo Colon has a laugh after snaring a line drive. (Getty Images)
Colon’s ability to eat innings at age 45 (he leads the Rangers with 130 1/3 this year) has become a bright spot in an otherwise dismal Texas season. He’s on pace to make nine more starts this year, so he’d have to average almost seven innings per start to accumulate the frames he needs to eclipse Marichal. That means he’ll probably have to come back for a 22nd major league season in 2019.
When it comes to Colon, though, it seems almost guaranteed that he’ll work his way back to a big league mound.