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Bartolo Colon aims for 200th career victory

Aug 3, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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Bartolo Colon, still a Met after frequently being mentioned in trade talks leading up to Thursday’s deadline, will go for his 200th career win when he faces the Giants and Madison Bumgarner on Sunday.

Whether it comes today or next week, Colon should become the third active pitcher at 200, joining Tim Hudson (213) and CC Sabathia (208). Mark Buehrle is right behind him at 197 after beating Boston last time out (snapping a nine-start winless streak).

After those two, it’ll be a while before anyone gets to 200. A.J. Burnett is next at 153 wins, but he’s not going to stick around long enough. Justin Verlander, at 147, should be next in line. John Lackey (149), Cliff Lee (143) and Kyle Lohse (140) might get there someday, but several of the game’s elite pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright, Jon Lester) are still in the 110-120 range right now.

Colon will also be the third Dominican-born pitcher to get to 200 wins, joining Hall of Famer Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219).

  1. roseann894 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    What’s with that stupid looking uniform? Is it some reference to “our troops?” Why can one never watch a baseball game or, apparently, look at a baseball website without having militarism shoved down one’s throat? By the way, are there no Mets players from Venezuela? How do they feel about this sort of display, given US interference in that country’s affairs? Are they polled before the decision is made to dress up like GI Joe or are they told that’s the way it is, like it or not?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      ‘Merica!

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Yeah! How dare we honor the troops! They should not offer discounted tickets to active military on the days they wear those uniforms too!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Why do you feel compelled to do that all the time? Are you in favor of honoring other folks who also serve us? Why not a weekly government employee day? A monthly teacher’s day? Uniforms with tributes to DOL staff on them? City works departments patches? Just because you have a military fetish does not mean the rest of us should have to put up with it. Also, how about doing something about the unemployment rates for vets, etc instead of meaningless uniforms that MLB sells to make money? The US is more than its military. No one dreams of coming here because of our drones and military industrial complex.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        I’m anti-war and I think any conversation about cutting budget begins with cutting the military budget.

        Nonetheless, the men and women who volunteer for our armed forces deserve to be honored for their bravery. Maybe instead of fighting so hard to house illegal immigrants, the government should try to house the 60,000+ homeless veterans. But since that unfortunately won’t happen anytime soon, the least we can do is honor them with discounted tickets and an appreciation day at the ballpark.

        By the way, there was supposed to be a government employee day, but the approval for it got stuck in bureaucracy and instead of it being in May 2014, we can expect it in October 2021.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        When you start your campaign to house veterans, I will gladly sign up for it.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Why do you hate America?

  2. 1998yanks - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Roseann894, Venezuelans and others from out of this country are too busy spending their million dollar AMERICAN pay checks to give a crap. If they have a problem with us they are free to go back.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      That comment is so simplistic. Do you know how much worse MLB would be without foreign talent? None of these teams want to lose their foreign-born players. Fans don’t want to lose their alien stars either. And, checks have no nationality — literally. Just because players tolerate this nonsense in order to play here doesn’t make it right. I’m sure you’d be thrilled at having to pay tribute to the Venezuelan government, if you were working there, right?

      • dsaverno - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Yep, Switzerland should start a baseball league. That would make everything so much better. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about the US not being perfect in its foreign diplomacy. I’m sure we could all do so much better. Might as we’ll take over most of the other developed nations, too, while we’re at it. If we’re fixing one, might as well fix ‘em all.

        Geez, it’s more difficult than I thought speaking with my tongue in my cheek.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        There’s an appreciable difference between a 4th of July flag on a uniform (or maple leaf for Canada Day) and camo on non-holidays. FYI, very few of the service people in my family wore desert camo, so it’s no honor for them either.

      • dsaverno - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Nah, still don’t agree. I come from a long line of marines, marines who always wanted better for their children than they were able to achieve. I’m a first generation white collar guy who has the utmost respect for those that protect our country and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us the most free nation in the world. We might not always agree with the politics involved, but I believe we’re lesser as a nation if we can’t agree to honor those that sign up, willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good of our nation.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Good for you. I don’t think this does sh!t for them, so we can agree to disagree on that. You are fortunate if this kind of tribute really does something for you.

      • dsaverno - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        That we can agree on.

  3. 1998yanks - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Tolerate what nonsense? Wearing a jersey? Like I said, they don’t care what they wear as long as they are getting paid. People wear uniforms at work every day they don’t like.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Wearing that militaristic camo crap…which, unless you are obtuse, should be clearly different to you than wearing the normal uniform of the team with which they have contracted to play — and indeed, celebrates a military well known for interfering in and subverting democracy in other parts of the Americas. It is so obnoxiously Stater to say that money makes it all okay.

  4. 1998yanks - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    And if the Venezuelan government were paying me millions, yes, I would put on their colors as well.

  5. rcj22001 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    ehemmmm *clears throat* Steroids ehem

  6. sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    300 wins is going the way of the Dodo bird…

  7. raysfan1 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    “Militaristic” is pretty extreme. However, the uniforms are more about selling more apparel to the fans than they are honoring the military.

  8. janessa31888 - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    For some reason, I thought these comments would be about dugongs. My mistake.

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