At 40 years of age and overweight, Bartolo Colon doesn’t look like an All-Star, or even the ace of a rotation.
In fact, he doesn’t even look like a major league pitcher, or — for that matter — an athlete.
But looks can be deceiving. Colon is indeed all of the above, and has anchored the Oakland Athletics‘ pitching staff this season, with a record of 12-3 and a 2.69 ERA in 18 starts. He had a string of eight consecutive wins at one point, and has been a very pleasant surprise for the A’s.
What you shouldn’t forget, however, is that he was already a very pleasant surprise last season, and he paid the consequences for it.
After a mediocre season with the Yankees in 2011, Colon was all but done, until Billy Beane decided to take a risk and sign him to a one-year deal for the 2012 season. Colon performed alright — 10-9, 3.43 ERA — but it was revealed during the season that he had used performance-enhancing drugs and he was suspended 50 games, sitting out the remainder of the year.
So now that his suspension has been served, and he’s pitching lights-out once again, could he be sitting out the rest of the season for the second year in a row?
It could happen. According to ESPN, MLB is expected to suspend at least 20 players after the All-Star break — including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun — for obtaining performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, the now infamous “anti-aging” clinic led by Tony Bosch, who has reportedly been snitching on his former clients to the league.
Colon is allegedly one of those players who purchased PEDs from Bosch and Biogenesis, putting him in yet another precarious situation.
But is it fair to suspend him again for the same infraction, when he has already been punished and served his suspension?
(And for you Giants fans, Melky Cabrera is in exact the same boat as Colon).
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