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.
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.