Bartolo Colon is an All-Star. Let that sink in for a few minutes.
Yes, the overweight, aging Colon will represent the Oakland Athletics in the 2013 All-Star Game to be held on July 16 at Citi Field.
Colon has been nothing short of sensational this season, with a record of 11-3 and a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts. He had a string of eight consecutive wins at one point, and has been a very pleasant surprise for the A’s.
In fact, the 40-year old is having his best season since 2005, when he won the Cy Young Award, notching 21 wins for the Angels.
It has surely been an unbelievable transition for Colon, who was signed a one-year deal before the 2012 season. He was then suspended 50 games midway through the year for using performance-enhancing drugs, but then was controversially re-signed by the A’s last offseason.
Even now, he is being linked to the Biogenesis scandal, as MLB investigates the clinic that provided PEDs to several players. Colon is allegedly among those players, and he could be handed another stiff suspension or penalty in the near future.
But for now, he is having one of the best seasons of his 16-year career, and has been rewarded with being selected an All-Star.
“I feel extremely happy about it,” Colon told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s all about the work I was doing before the season, and the starts I’ve been given thanks to the Oakland A’s.”