Gleyber Torres was four months old when Bartolo Colon debuted in the major leagues back in 1997. He was a year and a half old when Bartolo made his first all-star game. He was eight years old when Bartolo won the 2005 Cy Young Award.
And he was 21 year old Monday night when he homered off 44-year-old Bartolo in the second inning of the Yankees-Rangers game in Arlington, launching an absolute bomb to left field.
Bartolo Colon (44-years-old) serves up a home run to Gleyber Torres (21-years-old) pic.twitter.com/Y0Qn8alSDW
— Jesse Foster (@Jesse__Foster) May 22, 2018
Those 87-mile-per-hour fastballs have tricked a whole lot of hitters in recent years, but the 21-year-old rookie wasn’t fooled.
Torres is off to a fairly remarkable start to his big-league career, batting .317/.380/.537 with five home runs after Monday’s long ball. The only Yankee to ever reach five home runs at a younger age? Mickey Mantle.
Bartolo, for his part, is hanging in there three days short of his 45th birthday. He entered Monday with a 2.82 ERA, and although Gleyber did some damage to that figure, it’s still not so bad for a dude midway through his fifth decade.
As of this writing, Gleyber and the Yankees lead Bartolo and the Rangers 3-1 midway through the third inning.
UPDATE: Gleyber homered again off Colon, with one out in the sixth inning, knocking the veteran righty from the game. In doing so, he established himself alongside Mantle once again.
Gleyber Torres (age 21, 159 days) is the 2nd youngest Yankee ever with a multi-HR game.
The youngest? Mickey Mantle (20 yrs, 296 days) in 1952.
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) May 22, 2018