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07:10 AM ET 07.10 | What to make of Bartolo Colon? He might be baseball's most confounding player, at once a marvel and a miscreant. [Colon] flunked a drug test last summer and served a 50-game suspension. Now he says he is pitching better than he ever has. Colon is the 40-year-old ace of the Oakland Athletics, the only All-Star on the team leading the American League West. Few players are older or seemingly in worse shape than Colon, who is 5 feet 11 inches and every bit of his listed weight of 267 pounds. And yet, after a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Monday, Colon was 12-3 with a 2.69 earned run average, pitching with enough confidence and precision to be the league leader in fewest walks per nine innings.

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July 10, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Nearly the best record in baseball and only 1 All Star. Some teams get no respect.

July 10, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nearly the best record in baseball and only 1 All Star. Some teams get no respect.

Who is Bartolo Colon?

July 10, 2013  09:31 AM ET

But will he be able to confound the tests? Until then, it is all free.

July 10, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Why is Colon on the list of probable suspensions by MLB, along with A Rod and Braun, when he's already served a 50 game suspension?

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July 10, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Why is Colon on the list of probable suspensions by MLB, along with A Rod and Braun, when he's already served a 50 game suspension?

This is a different one not related to the last one.

July 10, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who is Bartolo Colon?

Maybe this will ring a bell.


July 9, 2009


CHICAGO -- Right-hander Bartolo Colon, whose whereabouts had been uncertain a day earlier, is now expected to join the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A team in Charlotte and make his scheduled injury rehab start Thursday, a team spokesman said.

"He's a grown man. I only worry about the people who are in the clubhouse right now," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday, adding that when the team signed Colon in the offseason, it took three days to make contact with Colon.

"It's just the way he is," Guillen said. "I expect him to be there today. They are waiting for him."

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Tuesday the team wasn't sure where Colon was. He was put on the disabled list June 9 and had been in Arizona rehabbing a sore knee and working on his pitching before making a rehab start.

"I know where he is supposed to be right now. He's supposed to be in [Triple-A] Charlotte, preparing to start Thursday," Williams said Tuesday, adding that Colon's agent hadn't been in close contact with the pitcher.

Colon is 3-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 11 starts this season and has given up 12 homers.

But on Wednesday, Guillen also found some humor in the situation.

"I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson fan," Guillen told reporters. "He might [watch] the TV and cry all day long. Maybe he is in L.A. at his funeral, because I can't find him. When he gets to Charlotte, Oney [Guillen's son] will call me to say he's there.

July 10, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who is Bartolo Colon?

August 6th:

For the second time in the last five weeks, the Sox have "misplaced'' their 300-pound, often injured right-handed pitcher, as Bartolo Colon - this time on the DL with a sore right elbow - is once again missing.
"Right now, I don't see it,'' manager Ozzie Guillen first replied on Thursday, when asked if he thought Colon could help again this season. "Hopefully, he is, not late in September. But right now, we've got to wait another, what, 12 days to see exactly what it is. Then he's got to go to another rehab assignment.''
Guillen was then asked where Colon has been, and started to laugh.
"No, he's not here,'' Guillen said. "[Where?] ... that's the hardest question you ask me, where is Colon? I think I don't see him pitching here in the next 20 days because he's got to go to a rehab assignments, start over with a pitching thing and we'll see what happens.''

July 10, 2013  11:20 AM ET

He was not missed.

I just wish he had been roided up when he played for the W. Sox! Could have helped a 79 win team.

July 10, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Everybody that follows baseball knows the explanation is that he's cheating by taking performance enhancing substances. Is the writer of this thread by chance riding the short bus?

July 10, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nothing confounding about being a juicer.

THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

July 10, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who is Bartolo Colon?

The Dominican version of the Pillsbury Doughboy.

July 10, 2013  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who is Bartolo Colon?

His real name is Joba Chamberlain.

July 10, 2013  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This is a different one not related to the last one.

You know this how? He was suspended because he failed a test and now because he is linked to a clinic that sells PED's. Well yeah...where else do you think he got it? Do you have some information to share that provides proof they are unrelated?

July 10, 2013  06:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

You know this how? He was suspended because he failed a test and now because he is linked to a clinic that sells PED's. Well yeah...where else do you think he got it? Do you have some information to share that provides proof they are unrelated?

Could it also be that this activity activity came after the last suspension? He got them somewhere for this season?

July 10, 2013  07:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This is a different one not related to the last one.

MLB is screwing the pooch if any of the rumors are true.

They are saying ARod and RBraun are going to jump the 50 game ban straight to 100 because of both using Biogenesis and also lying about it.

Using that logic means Colon would get a lifetime ban.

 
July 10, 2013  08:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Maybe this will ring a bell.July 9, 2009CHICAGO -- Right-hander Bartolo Colon, whose whereabouts had been uncertain a day earlier, is now expected to join the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A team in Charlotte and make his scheduled injury rehab start Thursday, a team spokesman said."He's a grown man. I only worry about the people who are in the clubhouse right now," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday, adding that when the team signed Colon in the offseason, it took three days to make contact with Colon. "It's just the way he is," Guillen said. "I expect him to be there today. They are waiting for him."White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Tuesday the team wasn't sure where Colon was. He was put on the disabled list June 9 and had been in Arizona rehabbing a sore knee and working on his pitching before making a rehab start."I know where he is supposed to be right now. He's supposed to be in [Triple-A] Charlotte, preparing to start Thursday," Williams said Tuesday, adding that Colon's agent hadn't been in close contact with the pitcher.Colon is 3-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 11 starts this season and has given up 12 homers.But on Wednesday, Guillen also found some humor in the situation."I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson fan," Guillen told reporters. "He might [watch] the TV and cry all day long. Maybe he is in L.A. at his funeral, because I can't find him. When he gets to Charlotte, Oney [Guillen's son] will call me to say he's there.

I thought a cartel nabbed him.

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