Bartolo Colon jiggles his fat, does some sort of truffle shuffle

Bartolo Colon has been looking fatter than ever over the last year or so, but the 40-year-old veteran is somehow still pitching effectively. He’s off to a solid start with the New York Mets this year after posting an 18-6 record and 2.65 ERA with the Oakland A’s last season. On Tuesday night, Colon pitched seven scoreless innings in a win over the Atlanta Braves. He may have credited his rolls.

After exiting the game, Colon grabbed his gut in the dugout and did some sort of truffle shuffle. It looked like he was responding to something a teammate said to him. Whatever the case, we wouldn’t mind if that was the last time he did that this season.


Colon is currently listed at 260 pounds. If you didn’t already know that number was a bit low, you should now be convinced after seeing him juggle his fat. He’s a dozen cheeseburgers away from looking like this infamous NBA fan.

GIF via MLB.com Cut 4

Bartolo Colon attempting to bat and bunt yields fantastic meme

Bartolo Colon bat

We’re only a few days into the 2014 MLB season, but it’s already unanimous that the best thing about the New York Mets this year will be watching pitcher Bartolo Colon attempt to bat.

See, Colon has spent all but half a season of his 16-year MLB career in the American League. Dude probably hasn’t bothered with hitting since Little League. But now that he’s in the NL, he actually will have to step to the plate around three times a game every time he pitches.

In Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, Colon went 0-for-2 with a strikeout at the plate. The at-bat where he didn’t strike out he hit a broken bat liner to second for a 4-3 putout.

But that doesn’t mean that Colon didn’t look absolutely terrible in his other attempt to hit.

The image at the top of the post shows how Bartolo laid off a ball that was clearly a foot off the plate during his first at-bat. Our friend Nick Pants decided to take that and Photoshop it into a few brilliant scenes:

Our friend KFC at Barstool NYC shared these great Colon photos as well:

And then there was this:

And this:

And then this:

Oh this is going to be such a good season!

If you enjoyed that, you’ll love this Jim Boeheim meme.

Photo via Twitter/Lana

Anthony Bosch reportedly was running BALCO of the East, supplying A-Rod, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky, Colon

anthony bosch mugMiami New Times dropped a bombshell report on Tuesday in which they exposed Dr. Anthony Bosch (pictured) of running an anti-aging clinic that also doubled as a performance-enhancing drugs supplier to many athletes.

Bosch’s company, Biogenesis, sold PEDs ranging from HGH to steroids. Biogenesis’ client list reportedly included sluggers like Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz, among others. Biogenesis operated on a similar scale to BALCO, the company formerly run by Victor Conte, that supplied drugs to athletes like Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Marion Jones.

Miami New Times reports that Bosch has a history of racking up bad debts and stiffing ex-wives over support payments. His company reportedly was not paying employees. They would often supply patients (non-athletes) with steroid cycles and diuretics.

Miami New Times went through several documents and Bosch’s personal records to determine which athletes were mentioned and listed as customers. They found several baseball players, a boxer, and tennis player listed, many of whom have already been caught using PEDs.

The list includes:

    - New York Yankees DH/3B Alex Rodriguez, who admitted to past steroid use after being busted by Sports Illustrated in 2009.
    - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was busted for using PEDs during a breakout 2012 season. His name appeared in Bosch’s records 14 times.
    - Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2012.
    - San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who was suspended in November for elevated levels of testosterone.
    - Tennis player Wayne Odesnik, who was caught transporting HGH across international borders and was suspended a year by the ITF.
    - Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who has belted 108 home runs in the last four seasons. He was mentioned in a July, 2012 customer sheet under the code name “Mohamad.”
    - Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who won 21 games last season.
    - Boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, who is 22-0,

As you read, the first five names listed have either tested positive in the past year, or have been busted in the past for PED use/association.

Bosch was also the doctor who prescribed Manny Ramirez HCG when he tested positive for the female fertility drug while with the Dodgers in 2009.

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Brian Cashman on Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon suspensions: ‘Not surprised’

Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon have several things in common. For starters, both were born in the Dominican Republic. Both also played for the Yankees, and both have been suspended by the MLB for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Their former GM, Brian Cashman, spoke candidly about their suspensions on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, not surprised,” the Yankees GM said on “The Michael Kay Show” when asked about the suspensions. “You see some spike in performance. You hope it’s not the case, but you scratch your head and you wonder at the same time. But then you sit there and get a comfort level: Tests are taking place, so if people are passing their tests …

“In Bartolo’s case, as well as he has done last year as well through this year, at his age, after coming back from that surgery, makes you scratch your head.”

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You mean Bartolo Colon’s improbable career turnaround was illegitimate?

Who didn’t see that one coming? 39-year-old Bartolo Colon, who leads the A’s in wins, ERA, and innings pitched, was suspended 50 games on Wednesday for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. I’m sure you’re shocked by this revelation.

This is the same Bartolo Colon who was out of baseball for all of 2010 after his arm practically fell off in 2009 while he was with the White Sox (he actually had an elbow injury). He had a stem-cell procedure done on his pitching arm and returned to baseball last year with the Yankees after having success in the Dominican Winter League.

He went 8-10 over 26 starts with the Yankees last year, posting a 4.00 ERA. He was even better this year going 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA over 25 starts for the A’s.

I’ve long held suspicions about Colon’s comeback. The guy seemed like he was done after going 6-8 with a 6.34 ERA in 2007 with the Angels. From 2006-2009, he had so many arm problems he never topped 100 innings in a season. And then he comes back and starts pitching his best since his 2005 Cy Young-winning season? Yeah, that never added up. Oh, and Colon never deserved that Cy Young; it should have gone to Johan Santana.

There are no details about the type of performance-enhancer Colon was using, but we know he had elevated levels of testosterone which triggered the positive test. The rotund hurler is the fifth Major League player to be suspended this year for a violation, joining Melky Cabrera, Guillermo Mota, Marlon Byrd, and Freddy Galvis.

Photo Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Bartolo Colon May Make Yankees’ Rotation

I don’t know if the Yankees brought in Pedro Cerrano to perform some voodoo this spring or what, because they’ve had a lot of success waking players from the dead this month. First it was Eric Chavez who hadn’t done anything in the Majors since 2006 who had a great start to the spring. Now it’s Bartolo Colon who’s coming out of nowhere to impress.

Barcholo already made headlines here at LBS for how overweight he looked in pinstripes (check the pictures), but he actually supposedly has dropped about 40 pounds. He pitched in the Dominican Winter League and posted a 1.47 ERA in seven starts. The Yankees signed him to a minor-league deal in January and the success he had in the winter has spilled over to the spring.

Colon pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Rays striking out five. In 15 innings he’s struck out 17 batters while only walking one. Can you believe it? This is the same 37-year-old Barcholo who hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2009 when he made 12 starts for the White Sox and seven the year before with the Red Sox. That was after he was a total bum the last two years of his fat contract with the Angels.

Even if Colon makes the Yankees’ rotation as the fifth starter by beating out Freddy Garcia, the injury concern looms. He’s had back, elbow, and shoulder injuries late in his 30s, and his health shouldn’t be counted on now that he’s even older. Regardless, it’s amazing to see that Colon is rising from the dead and that he may be pitching games for the Yankees before long.

Pictures: Bartolo Colon Fatter Than Ever With New York Yankees

If you’re a long-time LBS reader, you know that we have no problem with fat baseball players. In fact, most of the time the media complains about players being fat they are complaining about ones who are highly productive.  Fat pitchers even started to become a trend at one point. C.C. Sabathia, arguably the best pitcher in the American League, is always being questioned for his weight. When Buster Olney reported that he had lost weight this offseason, Brian Cashman was quick to say that he’s basically not impressed.

However, let’s not take our viewpoint to mean we don’t find it funny.  When a player has gotten as fat as Bartolo Colon over the years and is still playing baseball, you have to laugh.  Check out these Bartolo Colon fat pictures from over the years:

Hey, that’s what happens to old men. Bartolo arrived at Yankees camp weighing 267 pounds, which is particularly impressive considering he’s only 6-feet tall and was listed at 185 the last time he pitched in the majors. One thing is for certain: if the Yankees’ season is hinging on Colon’s or Freddy Garcia’s ability to lock down a spot in their five-man rotation, it could be somewhat of a down year by New York standards.