Bartolo Colon ties record for most wins by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic

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Bartolo Colon of the Texas Rangers made some history last night. His win was his 243rd and that ties him with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins ever by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic.

He could make some more history soon, too: he is two wins shy of Dennis Martinez, from Nicaragua, who holds the record of 245 wins by a pitcher from Latin America. Colon said after the game that he was “very proud and honored” to match Marichal, who he noted was the first Dominican player to make the Hall of Fame.

Colon climbed a bit closer to another milestone too, by recording his 2,499th career strikeout. Once he punches out one more guy he’ll become the 34th pitcher in Major League history with 2,500 career strikeouts. Colon is aware of it too, telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com after the game that “. . . the milestones are very important . . . that’s why I keep playing. It’s not the money. It’s something I’m trying to fulfill and make these goals.”

He’s doing just that.

Phillies select active duty Navy aviator in MLB Rule 5 draft

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SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies took U.S. Navy aviator Noah Song in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, hoping the former top pitching prospect can still be effective once he completes his military service.

There is no definitive date on when the 25-year-old Song might be able to join the Phillies.

Song was picked from the Boston Red Sox system in the draft for unprotected minor league players. Philadelphia put him on the military list while he continues his active duty and he won’t count on the 40-man roster, the pool from which major league teams can select players for the 26-man active roster.

Song impressed in his only pro season, making seven starts for Boston’s Class A Lowell affiliate in 2019, with a 1.06 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. With a fastball clocked in the upper 90s mph, the right-hander dominated that year as a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, going 11-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 94 innings.

The Red Sox drafted Song in the fourth round – he likely would’ve gone much higher, but his impending military service caused teams to back off.

In November 2019, Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a memo clearing the way for athletes at the nation’s military academies to delay their service commitments and play pro sports after graduation. Song’s request to have those new rules retroactively applied to his case was denied.

Song began school as a flight officer in the summer of 2020 and finished that phase last April. He started additional aviation training in May.

Song was among the 15 players, including three Boston pitchers, taken in the big league phase of the Rule 5 draft, which wasn’t held last year because of the MLB lockout.

Washington took righty Thad Ward from Boston’s Triple-A roster with the first pick. Baltimore took Red Sox minor league pitcher Andrew Politi with the ninth choice and the Phillies chose Song with the 11th selection.

Teams pay $100,000 to take players in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. The players must stay on the big league roster next season or go on waivers and, if unclaimed, be offered back to their original organization for $50,000.