As much as we may jest Bartolo Colon at his expense, he continues to cement himself as one of the best Dominican MLB pitchers ever.
Colon pitched six innings of three-run ball on Monday night to secure a Ranger victory, marking his 244th win, passing the legend Marichal and making baseball history.
Colon continues to hang around the majors despite his age. At 45, pitching at the highest level is an incredible accomplishment, and Bartolo does so with a respectable 4.94 ERA.
Bart has struggled with giving up home runs lately, but benefitted from facing a Royals team that is shockingly absent of power up and down the lineup. All this set up the veteran righty for a historic night, and boy did he deliver.
Adalberto Mondesi hits an RBI double off Bartolo Colon— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 19, 2018
His father, Raúl Mondesi, went 2-11 in his career off Colon with no RBI or XBH
They are the 4th father-son combo to each record a plate appearance against Colon pic.twitter.com/tYnayFN1ig
Colon and the Rangers won't factor into the AL West race this season, so moments like these are what the 44-year-old came back for.
Marichal spent most of his career with the San Francisco Giants, where he won over twenty games six times, and recorded over 25 victories on three separate occasions.
Both Colon and Marichal will go down as two great ambassadors of the game.