Bartolo Colon may not have too much more baseball in him, but he is still one of the most beloved players in the sport by fans and fellow players. So in that sense, it’s good news that Colon’s baseball career will continue in 2017 as a member of the Atlanta Braves, pending the results of a physical of course.
The bad news is that now he’s leaving the New York Mets and the announcement hit pitcher Noah Syndergaard rather hard. Syndergaard took to Twitter to share his reaction, using an appropriate GIF from Anchorman…
Feelings right now
Initial reports on Friday say the Braves have signed Colon to a one-year deal at a cost of $12.5 million. One of these reports is legit. You can take a stab at deciding which one that is.
Source: Bartolo Colon is one year, $12.5 million with #Braves. Pending a physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 11, 2016
Bartolo Colon has signed with the Braves. His new deal is worth $12.5 million & $25k gift card to Cracker Barrel.
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) November 11, 2016
Ironically, Colon’s major league debut was made in Atlanta on the day Turner Field opened it’s doors. Now, a mere two decades later, Colon will hope to continue his career in Atlanta’s brand new baseball stadium, which is opening in 2017.
The Braves are opening a new stadium this year, so of course you go out and sign the most marketable player in the sport: Bartolo Colon.
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) November 11, 2016
Bartolo Colon made his MLB debut the day Turner Field opened. He'll now pitch at the new Braves park. The dude outlasted a stadium.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 11, 2016
The Braves are also adding another former Mets pitcher to the starting rotation with the addition of R.A. Dickey. Along with Colon, Dickey, who pitched for Toronto last year and is 42 years old, will significantly increase the average age of the Braves’ pitching staff.