Mets starter Bartolo Colon wants to return to Major League Baseball for his 19th season next year.
“If I get that opportunity, I'm going to continue to pitch and play,” said Colon, who is just one win away from tying Pedro Martinez for the most wins (219) by a Dominican-born pitcher in MLB history.
Colon, 42, was 14–13 with a 4.18 ERA in 193 2/3 innings for the National League East champions during the regular season.
“For a personal record, I think it was OK,” Colon said of his performance this year. “I know 14–13 means a lot for me. I think I did everything in my power to help the team, to put it in position to win. For me, personally, it was an OK season.”
In 63 career games with the Mets, Colon is 29–26 with a 4.14 ERA.
The 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner will play in his seventh postseason this fall. In 10 playoff starts, he is 2–4 with a 3.70 ERA.
The furthest Colon has advanced in the postseason was to the ALCS with the 1998 Cleveland Indians.
The Mets begin play in the NLDS on Oct. 9.
- Kayla Lombardo