Wednesday, August 22, 2012
First, Melky, now Bart ...
By Andrew Marchand
The good news is, as far as we know, Bartolo Colon has not tried to create any fake websites to trick MLB investigators. The bad news is another former Yankee has tested positive for testosterone. Colon joins Melky Cabrera as ex-Yankees in trouble.
Of course, you could see this Colon situation coming from a 3,000 miles away. Last year, Colon's success always seemed fishy.
From 2006 to 2010, Colon pitched a total of 257 innings and not many of them were very good. In 2010, he didn't even pitch in the majors. In 2011, at 38, he fired 164 1/3 innings, many really good ones, leading to a 4.00 ERA. It was too good to be true, it seemed.
He had a unique surgery with a doctor who said there was "no smoking gun." He didn't fail any tests, so everyone had to take Colon and his doctors on their word. Now, you can decide.
Colon has admitted cheating, joining Cabrera as Bay Area players who have been on the wrong side of 50 game suspensions. For the Yankees, they cut bait without this ever being their issue.