Ten homer-rific facts now that Bartolo Colon has given up homers to 300 different players
Yes, you read that right. That's because you have to pitch so well for a long time in order to give up home runs to 300 different hitters. (He did pitch a complete game on Friday, after all.) In fact, it made Colon only the second player in baseball history to have reached the triple-century mark -- which is quite a feat in and of itself.
With a 2-R HR in the 2nd inning, James McCann became the 300th player to hit a HR off Bartolo Colon— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 7, 2018
Colon and Jamie Moyer are the only pitchers in MLB history to allow a HR to 300 different players pic.twitter.com/M6rM67YYC8
That's the view that Colon has, too. "Never in my life have I been bothered by a home run," he said after the game. "I'm bothered most when I give up a walk."
He also pounds the strike zone, which means hitters are ready to swing. "The hitters know he's going to throw strikes," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I think part of that is that he doesn't throw 95, 96 [mph] anymore. The mistakes that do get hit, they have the high velocity and they're elevated. I think that's more the case than anything else."
So, now that Colon has reached the infamous milestone, let's look at some of the most remarkable home run facts from his remarkable career:
1. The first
Colon didn't get very far into his career before giving up a long ball, as the first came in the second inning of his first big league start on April 4, 1997. With a runner on first, the Angels' Gary Disarcina smashed Colon's 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall.
2. The latest
Though James McCann was the 300th player to go deep, he wasn't the most recent. That honor belongs to
3. The most
It's not surprising that Alex Rodriguez leads all hitters with eight dingers off Colon. His best came in 2005: In six at-bats against Colon that year, A-Rod collected four homers and a double. Three of the homers came in one game, on April 26 at Yankee Stadium.
4. The Hall of Famers
Colon has given up home runs to seven players who are in the Hall of Fame -- and that number is only going to rise as more players who faced the stout right-hander hang 'em up (meanwhile, we assume Colon will continue pitching until the sun burns out).
Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. are tied for the lead against Colon, with two apiece.
5. The managers
Hall of Famers aren't the only retired players to have hit dingers against Colon. In fact, three managers in the game today -- AJ Hinch, Gabe Kapler and Craig Counsell -- have taken him deep.
6. The pitchers
We all remember where we were when Colon finally hit his own home run. Turns out, he knows what the feeling is like as two of the players to homer off Colon were merely making cameo appearances at the dish before heading back to the mound.
The first was
One year later, Chad Billingsley did the same.
7. The defunct stadiums
Colon, much like time itself, has seen seasons come and seasons go; he's seen the leaves change, fall, and come back again; and he's seen stadiums rise and fall. Here are the now defunct and demolished ballparks that have born witness to home runs off Colon:
- The Kingdome
- Cinergy Field
- Busch Stadium
- Dolphin Stadium
- Veterans Stadium
- Tiger Stadium
- Turner Field
- Shea Stadium
- Stade Olympique
- Yankee Stadium
8. The second continent
Not content to give up homers in just the U.S. and Canada, Colon surrendered a long ball to
9. The ones that didn't clear the wall
Two of the 429 home runs that Colon has allowed were of the inside-the-park variety. Carlos Febles' lone homer against Colon came when he raced around the bases in 1999:
While they may not have the majestic arc that you expect, they all look the same in the box score.
10. The longest
Wondering which was the longest home run that Colon has allowed since Statcast came to life in 2015? Wonder no more: It happened earlier this year against the Mariners when