Bartolo Colón

Bartolo Colón (born May 24, 1973), nicknamed "Big Sexy", is a Dominican-American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians (1997–2002), Montreal Expos (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003, 2009), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004–2007), Boston Red Sox (2008), New York Yankees (2011), Oakland Athletics (2012–2013), New York Mets (2014–2016), Atlanta Braves (2017), Minnesota Twins (2017), and Texas Rangers (2018).

Colón made four MLB All-Star Games: for the Indians (1998), Angels (2005), Athletics (2013), and Mets (2016). He won the American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, when he led the American League in wins.

Early in the 2016 season, Colón was 42 when he became the oldest MLB player to hit his first career home run.[1] At age 45 during the 2018 season, Colón was the oldest active MLB player and the last active Major Leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos.[2] He holds the record for most career wins by a Latin American-born pitcher.[3]

With the retirement of Rangers teammate Adrián Beltré, he was the last active MLB player to have played in the 1990s.[4]

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Colón with the New York Mets in 2016
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: May 24, 1973 (age 46)
Altamira, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 4, 1997, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record247–188
Earned run average4.12
Strikeouts2,535
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Colón grew up in the town of Altamira in the Dominican Republic. He worked long days alongside his father, Miguel, harvesting coffee beans and fruit from the age of 9 to 14.[5] Colón credited his childhood job with the development of his strength.[6] He does major charity work for his old community.[7] Colón's mother, Adriana, died in 2014 of breast cancer.[8]

MLB Pitching career

Cleveland Indians

Colón was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1993 and began his career in their minor league system.[9]

In 1995, pitching for Kinston of the Single-A Carolina League, he finished second in wins with 13 and ERA with 1.96, and led the circuit with 152 strikeouts. He was named the league's Pitcher of the Year, despite shutting down on August 1 with a bruised elbow. He was named the Indians' 1995 Minor League Player of the Year (receiving the "Lou Boudreau Award").[10]

He played Triple-A ball with the Buffalo Bisons in 1997 and became the only player in team history to throw a no-hitter at Sahlen Field, then called North AmeriCare Park.

Colón made his Major League Baseball debut against the Anaheim Angels on April 4, 1997, receiving a no decision.[11] In his first MLB season, Colón went 4–7 with a 5.65 ERA. The following year, he set the modern-day but unofficial MLB record for throwing the most pitches (20) in a single at bat on June 26, 1998[12] against Ricky Gutiérrez, who eventually struck out. That record would not be broken until 2018. Later that season, Colón won his only start of the 1998 American League Championship Series, pitching a four-hit, one-run complete game. In his 1999 season, Colón finished 18–5, pitching over 200 innings with 161 strikeouts and a 3.95 ERA.

On September 18, 2000, he tossed a one-hitter against the New York Yankees.[13] In both 2000 and 2001, Colón posted over 200 strikeouts, making him the first Indians pitcher, since Gaylord Perry, to record at least 200 strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.[14]

Montreal Expos

Just prior to the 2002 trade deadline, Colón and Tim Drew were traded to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, and prospects Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee. Colón finished 2002 with a combined 20–8 record and a 2.93 ERA, including 76 earned runs with 70 walks in ​233 13 innings, three shutouts, and eight complete games. By 2018, Colón was the last active player to have played with the Expos.

Chicago White Sox

Before the 2003 season, Colón was traded to the Chicago White Sox with minor leaguer Jorge Nunez for Orlando Hernández, Rocky Biddle, Jeff Liefer and cash.[15]

Anaheim Angels

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Colón (left), with Mike Napoli, during his tenure with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007

A free agent after the previous season, he signed with the Anaheim Angels in 2004. Colón won 18 games with Anaheim in 2004. During the 2005 season, he went 21–8 with a 3.48 ERA, and became the first Angels pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since Dean Chance in 1964.[16] Due to a partially torn rotator cuff that he received in a playoff game against the Yankees in 2005, Colón spent much of the 2006 season on the disabled list with soreness or inflammation in his right shoulder. In 10 starts, Colón went 1–5 with a 5.11 ERA.

On April 21, 2007, his first start of the 2007 season following his return from the disabled list, Colón pitched 7 innings, allowing one run on seven hits for his first win in 2007.

Boston Red Sox

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Colón with the Boston Red Sox in 2008

On February 25, 2008, Colón signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox and was invited to spring training.[17] On May 15, 2008, Colón threw a one-hitter for the Red Sox' Triple-A team, the Pawtucket Red Sox. Six days later, Colón's contract was purchased by the Red Sox, and he was added to the active roster. Colón pitched his first major league game for the Red Sox on May 21, 2008, against the Kansas City Royals. Colón earned his 150th career win on June 11, 2008 against the Baltimore Orioles.[18]

On September 19, 2008, Colón was placed on the suspended list by the Red Sox after leaving for the Dominican Republic to handle "personal matters" and deciding to stay, effectively ending his Red Sox career.[19] Colón was placed on the restricted list on September 25, 2008. Colón spent the post-season on the restricted list as the Red Sox won the 2008 ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 4 games, but lost the 2008 ALCS against the Tampa Bay Rays in 7 games. He filed for free agency after the end of the 2008 season.

Second stint with the White Sox

Colón agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract to return to the Chicago White Sox in January 2009, shortly after they had traded Javier Vázquez to the Atlanta Braves. He would compete for the fourth and fifth starters' positions in the White Sox rotation.[20]

Colón made his comeback from off-season surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching arm elbow during the White Sox Spring training, in the Cactus League in Arizona. He was named as the White Sox fifth starter by manager Ozzie Guillén before the start of the regular season. He won his first start in his second stint in Chicago, pitching six strong innings of three-hit ball as the Sox blanked rivals Minnesota 8–0 on April 11, 2009. In doing so he became the first White Sox starting pitcher to win a regular season game in 2009. Colón then suffered another injury and did not pitch again for the remainder of the season.

Colón has pitched 31 complete games, ranking 11th among active players as of June 11, 2008.[21]

New York Yankees

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Colón with the New York Yankees in 2011

Colón did not pitch in 2010 due to ongoing right shoulder and elbow pain and damage to the rotator cuff, ligaments and tendons.[22] In March 2010, he received a transplant of stem cells[23] to repair the damaged tissues in his right shoulder.[22] The orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery said he had used human growth hormone in previous surgeries of the same type but not with Colón. The surgery was scrutinized by MLB but no wrongdoing was found.[24][25]

Colón then played in the Pre-World Championship in Puerto Rico, winter ball with the Aguilas and the Leones del Escogido, and the Puerto Rican winter league.,[22] and announced that he would attempt a comeback to MLB for the 2011 season.[26] He signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees on January 26, 2011. Colón was invited to spring training, competing for a spot on the 25 man roster, despite coming into camp 30 pounds overweight.[27] Colón was named to the Yankees' Opening Day roster in the bullpen. Colón made his first start for the Yankees on April 20, taking the rotation spot of the injured Phil Hughes.[28][29] Through the month of May, Colon was 3–3 with a 3.26 ERA. On May 30, 2011, he threw a 4-hit complete game shutout, his first since 2006 against the Athletics. He sustained a hamstring injury on June 11, 2011, against the Cleveland Indians. When he was injured, he was in the 7th inning of a shutout game against the Indians, but he limped off the field after covering first base on a ground ball to Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Colón then ended up on the 15-day disabled list. He said that he'd be back pitching right when he is eligible to.[30] On July 2, Colón returned to the Yankees and threw six shutout innings against the New York Mets. On July 14 against the Blue Jays, Colón exited after only the first 2 outs in the first inning, yielding 8 runs, the shortest outing of his career. Colón's 2011 season was somewhat of a resurgence, going 8–10 with a respectable 4.00 ERA and a WHIP of 1.29. Colón was demoted to the bullpen when the Yankees made the postseason and the team lost to the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 ALDS.

Oakland Athletics

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Colón pitching for the Oakland Athletics in 2012

On January 14, 2012, Colón agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Oakland Athletics.[31] He started the second game of the season for the Athletics in the Opening Series in Tokyo, Japan, throwing 8 innings, giving up 1 run over 3 hits, with 6 strikeouts.[32] On April 18 Colón threw 38 consecutive strikes, the most since 1988, when the MLB began to collect pitching data in-depth, in a start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[33] He started the 2012 season with a 3–1 record and 2.64 ERA, but faltered with a 1–4 record and 5.80 ERA in his next seven starts.[34]

Colón was suspended August 22, 2012, for 50 games by MLB after testing positive for synthetic testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He was the second MLB player to be suspended within a two-week time frame for testosterone (the other being San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera).[25][35][36]

The Athletics signed Colón to a one-year, $3 million deal for 2013.[37] He was selected for his third All-Star team in July after posting an 11–3 record with a 2.78 ERA.[38]

New York Mets

2014

On December 11, 2013, Colón agreed to a 2-year, $20 million contract with the New York Mets.[39] On June 18, Colón got his first hit in 9 years when he hit a double off Lance Lynn. On August 8, 2014, Colón recorded his 200th win in a 5–4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies.[40] He is the third Dominican-born pitcher to do so, after Juan Marichal and Pedro Martínez, and the third pitcher to do so in a Mets uniform, after Orel Hershiser and Martínez. Colón finished the 2014 season with 31 starts, 15-13 record, 202.1 innings pitched, 151 strikeouts, and a 4.09 ERA while giving up 218 hits, 30 walks, 22 home runs, and 97 runs (92 of them earned).

2015

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Colón pitching for the New York Mets during spring training in 2016

On Opening Day in 2015 against the Washington Nationals, Colón became the 3rd Opening Day pitcher over 40 years old to strike out eight batters, after Cy Young and Nolan Ryan. On April 12, 2015, against the Atlanta Braves, Colón hit an RBI single off Alex Wood, his 6th RBI of his career.[41] On April 23, 2015, Colón completed an unassisted pick off of Atlanta Braves catcher A. J. Pierzynski en route to becoming the first pitcher aged 40 years or older to win his first four starts in a season in the past 80 years. He also tallied one more RBI, on a double on May 31, 2015.[42][43] Colón became the first pitcher ever to record wins against one team (the Baltimore Orioles) for seven different clubs. Six pitchers held the previous record of six clubs.[44]

On June 9, 2015, Colón set a new Mets franchise record of most consecutive decisions as a starting pitcher, achieving 26 decisions in 26 consecutive starts. This record was previously held by Dwight Gooden.[45] On September 5, 2015, Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins hit a chopper down the first-base line. Colón charged and made a behind-the-back flip to first for the out. Video of the play garnered widespread media acclaim.[46] In 33 games (31 starts), he finished the 2015 year with a 14-13 record and a 4.16 ERA. On October 21, 2015, Colón pitched 1.1 innings in relief to earn the win in game 4 of the NLCS and help the Mets to a sweep of the Chicago Cubs.[47]

On October 27, 2015, Colón pitched 2.1 innings in relief and took the loss at the end of game 1 of the World Series, becoming the oldest man ever to lose a World Series game.[48][49] It was his first World Series appearance since he was a rookie with the Indians back in 1997, and the Mets lost the series in five games to the Kansas City Royals.

2016

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Colón batting for the Mets in 2016

On December 16, 2015, Colón re-signed with the Mets on a 1-year, $7.25 million contract.[50] He entered the 2016 MLB season as the oldest active player in Major League Baseball. He is also, following the retirement of Maicer Izturis, the last active MLB player who appeared for the Montreal Expos.[51]

On May 7, Colón hit his first major league home run, against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park off of James Shields. At age 42 years and 349 days, Colón broke a record by becoming the oldest major league player to hit his first home run.[52] On June 21, Colón was injured when Whit Merrifield hit his pitch right to the pitcher's mound where the ball struck Colon in the thumb. He was immediately taken out of the game.[53] On July 8, Colón was named to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, replacing Madison Bumgarner. On August 15, Colón drew a walk after having not been walked for the previous 281 plate appearances, achieving a new MLB record. On October 1, Colón became the 47th player all-time to make 500 career starts.

Atlanta Braves

On November 17, 2016, Colón signed a one-year, $12.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.[54] The Braves designated him for assignment on June 29, 2017 after putting up a 2-8 record with an 8.14 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 13 starts.[55][56] He was released on July 4.[57]

Minnesota Twins

On July 7, 2017, Colón signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins organization.[58][59][60] Colón was called up on July 18 to start against the New York Yankees.[61] On August 4, Colón threw a complete game against the Texas Rangers; at age 44, he became the oldest American League pitcher to record a 9-inning complete game win since a 45-year old Nolan Ryan did the same in 1992.[62] Later that month he became the 18th pitcher to have recorded a win against all 30 MLB teams, completing the feat against the Arizona Diamondbacks.[63]

Texas Rangers

On February 4, 2018, Colon signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, that included an invitation to spring training.[64] He was released on March 24,[65] and signed another minor league contract with Texas on March 26.[66] Colón was called up on April 2 to start against the Oakland Athletics.[67] On April 15, Colon took a perfect game through 7 innings until walking Carlos Correa. Colon went through 7​23 innings, allowing one run as the Rangers won 3–1 in 10 innings.[68][69] On April 28, 2018, he pitched seven innings while allowing six hits and three runs on 98 pitches, being the winning pitcher in a 7–4 result against the Toronto Blue Jays. This was his eleventh team in which he recorded at least one win.[70] A career win on June 18 against Kansas City moved him past Juan Marichal, the "Dominican Dandy", to become the pitcher with most career wins from the Dominican Republic.[3] On August 7, in an 11–4 victory against the Seattle Mariners, Colon earned his 246th career pitching win, which moved him past Dennis Martinez for the most victories all time by a Latin American-born pitcher.[3] He elected free agency on October 29.

Pitching style

Colón throws four pitches. Early in his career, Colón had excellent velocity on his four-seam fastball, throwing it in the mid 90s and occasionally touching 100 mph.[71] In his later career, Colón's four-seamer sits at 86–91 mph, and he pairs it with a two-seamer at 84–88. This combination of fastballs makes up nearly 90% of Colón's pitches, but he also throws a changeup to left-handed hitters and a slider.[72] He is primarily known today as a control pitcher, with an exceptional ability to spot pitches at any location. This keeps walks to a minimum, but leads to more hits as he will throw strikes.

Awards and accomplishments

Awards

League statistical leader

  • 2× NL bases on balls per nine innings leader (2015, 2016)
  • 2× MLB complete games leader (2002, 2003)
  • NL hits allowed leader (2015)
  • MLB shutouts leader (2013)
  • AL wins leader (2005)

Nickname

Colón is known as "Big Sexy" by his teammates and the media.[73][74][75][76] He applied for a trademark on the Big Sexy nickname and plans on making apparel out of it.[77]

Personal life

Colón's wife, Rosanna, and their sons, Bartolo Jr., Emilio, Wilder, and Randy, all live in New Jersey. On September 30, 2014, Colón and his wife became US citizens.[78] Colón met his wife in the Dominican Republic when he was 13 years old.[79]

In 2015, Colón was sued in Manhattan by a Washington Heights woman seeking child support for her son and daughter, whom she alleges were fathered by Colón. The children were conceived and born during Colón's marriage.[79] On June 17, 2016, Colón and the plaintiff Alexandra Santos agreed to a deal that included child support payments. Colón's wife was reportedly aware of the affair, and the children have reportedly all met.[80]

See also

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American League Pitcher of the Month
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1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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The 2014 New York Mets season was the franchise's 53rd season and their 6th season at Citi Field. The New York Mets finished 79–83, their most wins since the 2010 season. Also, the Mets finished tied for 2nd place in the National League East, their highest place in the standings since 2008.

2015 New York Mets season

The 2015 New York Mets season was the franchise's 54th season. The Mets finished the regular season with a record of 90–72, winning the National League East title on September 26, their first division title since 2006 and sixth overall. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series in five games and swept the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. They lost to the Kansas City Royals in five games in the 2015 World Series. It was the Mets' first appearance in the World Series since 2000 when they lost to the New York Yankees. It marked the team's first winning season since Citi Field opened in 2009 (and their first since 2008, their last season at Citi Field's predecessor, Shea Stadium).

2016 New York Mets season

The 2016 New York Mets season was the franchise's 55th season. The Mets opened the season against their 2015 World Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals. This was the first time in the history of the league that World Series opponents played a rematch on Opening Day. This was made possible by interleague play being scattered throughout the season. Despite being below .500 (60–62) as late as August 19, the Mets went 27–13 in their final 40 games to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game.

2016 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2016 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 134th season in the history of the franchise, and its 13th season at Citizens Bank Park. They improved upon their 63–99 (.389) mark from the year before and finished with a record of 71–91 (.438) and fourth place in the National League East. They missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Bartolo (given name)

Bartolo as a given name may refer to:

Bartholomew the Apostle (St. Bartholomew), known as San Bartolo in Spanish-speaking countries

Bartolo Colón (born 1973), Dominican baseball pitcher

Bartolo di Fredi (1330-1410), Sienese School

Bl. Bartolo Longo (1841–1926), former Satanist priest who became a lay Dominican

Bartolo Musil, Austrian musician

Bartolo Portuondo, Cuban baseball player

Burlington Athletic Stadium

Burlington Athletic Stadium (former Godfrey Schmieder Field) is a vintage baseball stadium in the central North Carolina Piedmont city of Burlington. It seats 3500 and serves as home field for the minor league Burlington Royals of the rookie Appalachian League. Originally built in Danville, Virginia, it was purchased in 1959 for $5,000 after the Danville Leafs team folded. After being dismantled in Danville, hauled to its present location and reconstructed, it was ready for baseball again in 1960.The ballpark was known historically as Fairchild Stadium after the adjacent Fairchild Park city recreation area and nearby World War II Fairchild Aircraft manufacturing plant. It played host to many games in the legendary original Carolina League, and appears momentarily in Ron Shelton's 1988 film homage to the minors, "Bull Durham." Current Major League Baseball stars who played for the Burlington Indians include CC Sabathia, the New York Yankees (and, formerly the Cleveland Indians) pitcher who won the 2007 Cy Young Award, Bartolo Colón, the Los Angeles Angels pitcher who won the 2005 Cy Young Award, and Manny Ramírez, Most Valuable Player in the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series championship. Historic greats who once made Fairchild Stadium their home field include another Red Sox legend, Luis Tiant, and longtime New York Yankees pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre. Also, Cleveland Indians player Jim Thome played for the Burlington Indians.

The park was also the site of the eight-hour and 15-minute, 27-inning marathon between the Burlington Indians and Bluefield Orioles on June 24–25, 1988. The WBBB-AM radio play-by-play call of that game by Indians' announcer Richard Musterer stands as the longest continuous single-game solo broadcast in baseball history.

Burlington Royals

The Burlington Royals are a minor league baseball team in Burlington, North Carolina, United States. They are a Rookie-level team in the Appalachian League and have been a farm team of the Kansas City Royals since September 1, 2006. For the previous 21 years, the team had been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians as the Burlington Indians. The Royals play home games at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Opened in 1960, Burlington Athletic Stadium seats 3,500 fans.Staff:

Pitching Coach: Carlos Martinez.

Hitting Coach: Jesus Azuaje.

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jon Ervin.

Athletic Trainer: Saburo Hagihara.

Bench Coach: Kevin Kuntz.

Major League Baseball alumni of note are featured on the wall inside the men's restroom at the Burlington Athletic Stadium in the form of painted jerseys: Manny Ramirez (#22), Jim Thome (#25), Bartolo Colón (#40) and CC Sabathia (#52).

Colone

Colone may refer to:

Bartolo Colón (born 1973), Dominican-American professional baseball

Joe Colone (1924–2009), American professional basketball player

Ann Colone (1930–2007), American radio and television broadcaster

Adam de Colone (c. 1572 – 1651), Dutch painter active in Scotland

Carlos Colone (born 1979), Puerto Rican and Canadian professional wrestler better known internationally by his ring name Carlito

Hank Borowy

Henry Ludwig "Hank" Borowy (May 12, 1916 – August 23, 2004) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1942 through 1951, Borowy played for the New York Yankees (1942–45), Chicago Cubs (1945–48), Philadelphia Phillies (1949–50), Pittsburgh Pirates (1950) and Detroit Tigers (1950–51). He batted and threw right-handed.

Born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Borowy graduated from Bloomfield High School and Fordham University. He pitched in six World Series games and posted a 108–82 record with 690 strikeouts and a 3.50 earned run average (ERA) in 1,717 innings.Borowy debuted on April 18, 1942 with the Yankees, finishing with a 15–4 record, 85 strikeouts and a 2.82 ERA. He started Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and did not receive a decision.

In 1943, Borowy went 14–9 with 107 strikeouts and a 2.82 ERA and won Game 3 of the World Series against St. Louis. Named an All-Star in 1944, he pitched three scoreless innings in the game, ending the season with a 17–12 record, 107 strikeouts and a 2.64 ERA.

In 1945 Borowy posted a 10–5 record with the Yankees in the first half of the season. The 1945 All Star game was cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions, but Borowy was selected a "virtual" All Star in an unofficial poll of managers conducted by the Associated Press. At the All-Star break he was placed on waivers by the Yankees, and eventually sold to the Cubs for $100,000 ($1,391,682 in current dollar terms). Borowy went 11–2 for the remainder of the season, including three wins over the Cardinals down the stretch, and led the National League in winning percentage (.846) and ERA (2.14), as the Cubs won the pennant. His combined 1945 Yankees/Cubs record was 21–7 with 82 strikeouts and a 2.65 ERA. Borowy is one of two pitchers in major league history to win at least 10 games for two different teams in the same season (the other is Bartolo Colón, with the Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos, in 2002).

On October 3, 1945, the Detroit Tigers and Cubs met in the World Series for the fourth time. In the opener Borowy pitched a six-hit, 9–0 shutout. He lost the fifth game, and then came back to win the sixth with four scoreless relief innings. Borowy started the final game on one day's rest but gave up hits to the first three batters before leaving. He took the loss and the Tigers won the Series. Before the 2016 World Series, Borowy was the last Chicago Cubs pitcher to win a World Series game.

He is also the fourth and last pitcher to hit two doubles in the same inning, on May 5, 1946. The previous three pitchers were Fred Goldsmith, Joe Wood, and Ted Lyons.For the remainder of his career, Borowy was plagued by finger blisters and a chronic sore shoulder. He pitched his final game on September 14, 1951. Just prior to his retirement, he performed one of the worst pitching performances ever seen in Major League baseball. Playing against the St Louis Browns on the 18th of August, Borowy was called up to pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning, with the game tied at 7-all. Borowy faced nine batters, and was unable to achieve an out, giving up four singles, four walks and a three-run home run, before being pulled from the game by Tigers manager Red Rolfe. No other pitcher has faced nine batters in a game and not managed an out.Borowy grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey and was a longtime resident of Brick Township, New Jersey, where he died at age of 88.

List of Los Angeles Angels Opening Day starting pitchers

The Los Angeles Angels are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Anaheim, California. They play in the American League West division. The franchise has also gone by the names "Los Angeles Angels", "California Angels" and "Anaheim Angels" at various points in its history. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Angels have used 25 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 51 seasons. The 25 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 26 wins, 18 losses and 7 no decisions. No decisions are awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. It can also result if a starting pitcher does not pitch five full innings, even if his team retains the lead and wins.Jered Weaver has the most Opening Day starts for the Angels, with seven, and had 6 consecutive opening day starts from 2010-2015. He has a record of three wins and two losses, with one no decision in those starts that resulted in a win. Mike Witt has the second most starts, with five, with one win, three loses, and one no decision that resulted in a loss. Frank Tanana, Mark Langston and Chuck Finley have all made four Opening Day starts for the Angels. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, Bartolo Colón and Jered Weaver have each made three such starts for the Angels.Nolan Ryan has the Angels record for most wins in Opening Day starts with three. He also has the best win–loss record in Opening Day starts for the Angels, which is 3–0. The other Angels pitchers with multiple wins in Opening Day starts without a loss are Ken McBride and Andy Messersmith. Mike Witt has the record for most losses in Opening Day starts for the Angels with three. Frank Tanana and Chuck Finley each had two such losses.The Angels have played in three home ball parks. They played their first season in Wrigley Field, which was designed to look like Wrigley Field in Chicago, but never played an Opening Day home game there. In 1962, they moved to Dodger Stadium, but only stayed there through 1965. They played two Opening Day games at Dodger Stadium, winning once and losing once. The Angels finally moved to Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 1966, which was first called Anaheim Stadium, then subsequently renamed Edison International Field of Anaheim later. They have played 29 Opening Day games there, and their starting pitchers have 15 wins and 12 losses with 2 no decisions. This makes their record at home in Opening Day games 15 wins and 13 losses with 2 no decisions. In Opening Day games on the road, their starting pitchers have a record of 10 wins and 5 losses with 5 no decisions.The Angels have played in one World Series championship in their history, which they won in 2002. Jarrod Washburn was the Angels Opening Day starting pitcher that season. The Angels lost that Opening Day game to the Cleveland Indians. The winning pitcher for the Indians in that game was Bartolo Colón, who would make three Opening Day starts for the Angels later in his career.

List of Major League Baseball career games started leaders

In baseball statistics, a pitcher is credited with a game started (denoted by GS) if he is the first pitcher to pitch for his team in a game.

Cy Young holds the Major League Baseball games started record with 815; Nolan Ryan is second with 773. Young is the only pitcher in MLB history to start more than 800 career games. Nolan Ryan (773), Don Sutton (756), Greg Maddux (740), Phil Niekro (716), Steve Carlton (709), Roger Clemens (707), and Tommy John (700) are the only other pitches to have started 700 or more games their career.

List of New York Mets Opening Day starting pitchers

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. They play in the National League East division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The New York Mets have used 27 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 58 seasons. The 27 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 29 wins, 13 losses (29–13) and 16 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.

Tom Seaver holds the Mets' record for most Opening Day starts with 11, and has an Opening Day record of 6–0. He also has the most starts in Shea Stadium, the Mets' home ballpark from 1964 through 2008. Seaver and Dwight Gooden hold the Mets' record for most Opening Day wins with six each. Al Jackson and Roger Craig share the worst winning percentage as the Opening Day starting pitcher with a record of 0–2.

From 1968 through 1983, Mets' Opening Day starting pitchers went 16 consecutive years without a loss. During this period, Tom Seaver won six starts with five no decisions, Craig Swan won two starts, and Jerry Koosman, Pat Zachry and Randy Jones won one start apiece. Furthermore, in the 31-year period from 1968 through 1998, Mets' Opening Day starting pitchers only lost two games. During that period, they won 19 games with 10 no decisions. The only losses during this period were by Mike Torrez in 1984 and by Dwight Gooden in 1990.

Overall, Mets Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of 0–1 at the Polo Grounds, a 12–5 record with five no decisions at Shea Stadium and a 3–0 record with three no decisions at Citi Field. In addition, although the Mets were nominally the home team in 2000, the game was played in Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. Mike Hampton started the game in Tokyo and lost, making the Mets' Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record 15–7, and their away record 14–6. The Mets went on to play in the World Series in 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000 and 2015, and won the 1969 and 1986 World Series championship games. Tom Seaver (1969 and 1973), Dwight Gooden (1986), Mike Hampton (2000) and Bartolo Colón (2015) were the Opening Day starting pitchers when the Mets played in the World Series, and they had a combined Opening Day record of 3–1 with one no decision.

Major League Baseball Pitcher of the Month Award

The Pitcher of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league for each month of the regular season. The National League started recognizing the award in 1975. The American League followed in 1979. Upon the introduction of each league's award, pitchers became ineligible for the (position players') player of the month award.

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.

Águilas Cibaeñas

The Águilas Cibaeñas (English lit. Cibao Eagles) is a professional baseball team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded on January 28, 1933 and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 21 national titles. In 2008, the Águilas Cibaeñas hosted the Caribbean Series at their stadium, Estadio Cibao, which is also known as the "Valle de la muerte", and the Tigres del Licey (Tigers of Licey) won that classic by defeating the Aguilas in two games. Won the 2017-2018 Dominican league title on 01-31-2018.

The team is immensely popular among Dominican baseball fans by the most famous phrase : “La Leña Está Aquí”(The Wood is here), so much that Águilas Cibaeñas have earned the nickname “Las Cuyayas” (The Kestrels) and “Los Mameyes” (The Mameyes). These nicknames are in reference to the team’s mascot and the classic yellow color the team uses in its official uniform.

Águilas Cibaeñas won 21 championships in less seasons than any other Dominican team. They won their 20th championship in the 2007-2008 season when they defeated the Tigres del Licey (Tigers of Licey) in a best of 9 series with a 5-2 record. The Águilas Cibaeñas won the final game of the series at their home stadium Estadio Cibao (Stadium Cibao) by the score 2-1. Mendy Lopez and Rafael Furcal both hit home runs in the game. Furcal—popularly known as “Furcalazo”—sealed the game with his homerun in the 8th inning.Estadio Cibao is nicknamed the “Valley of Death” and many fans consider it the most intimidating stadium in the country or even all the Caribbean. Historically the Águilas Cibaeñas have performed much better at home than on the road. With a capacity of 18,077, it is the largest stadium in the Dominican Winter Baseball LeagueÁguilas Cibaeñas has more former players in Major League Baseball than any other Dominican team. Some current MLB players who played with Águilas Cibaeñas include Edwin Encarnación, Carlos Martínez, Jose Reyes, Jonathan Villar, Carlos Gómez, Juan Lagares, Dellin Betances, Bartolo Colón, Wandy Rodríguez, Melky Cabrera, Danny Santana, Yoenis Céspedes, Starling Marte, Brandon Moss and current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.

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