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The baseball world loves watching Bartolo Colon bat. But alas, Bartolo Colon would prefer not to bat.
“The American League is better for me,” Colon told The Athletic, “because I don’t have to hit… or run.”
Colon, who will turn 45 in May, is coming off the worst season of his long Major League career but appears to have a real shot at cracking the Texas Rangers’ opening-day roster. With question marks throughout its starting staff, the club may open the season with a six-man rotation, and Colon’s durability will certainly appeal to the club if he can show himself still capable of getting big-league hitters out.
The Rangers do not have a road series against a National League team until a two-game set with the Dodgers in mid-June, and it’s no safe bet we ever get to see Bartolo Colon bat again. But we will cherish forever the memory, and know that one time he hit an actual home run in a real Major League game, and it was the most glorious thing anyone had ever seen.