Evidently, a major fitness craze has struck among portly baseball players. And then there’s Bartolo Colon.
Bartolo Colon ain’t hitting the treadmill. He ain’t switching to a gluten-free diet. He ain’t becoming Skinny Bartolo Colon.
Colon didn’t get where he is by staying in shape. He got where he is by throwing smoke.
Last year Colon shocked the world by going 18-6 with a sub-3.00 ERA for the A’s despite being 40 years old. That earned him a two-year deal with the Mets worth $20 million.
The Mets will be paying Bartolo Colon $11 million the year he turns 42. And people wonder why everyone laughs at the Mets.
This weekend, Colon reported to spring training at 265 pounds. Should the Mets be concerned about this?
Colon tells them not to sweat it. “I’m not worried about my weight,” he told ESPN’s Adam Rubin. “I’ve always been a big guy and I’ve always pitched that way. I’m comfortable with that.”
That’s the important thing, being comfortable with yourself. If Colon is comfortable pitching at 265 pounds when he’s 40, that’s great.
If I were the team paying him $20 million, I’d be just a tad concerned. But maybe that’s just me.