Bartolo Colon may look to pitch forever. Even if he has not been in the majors since 2018, he is still plying his trade, spending the 2021 season in Mexico. Colon has continued to be his strike throwing self, hoping for one more shot at the majors before he hangs up his cleats for good.
In the meantime, he is looking to teach the family business. He is working with his son to turn him into a pitcher.
Bartolo Colon teaching his son how to pitch
It may take some doing to get his son to follow in his footsteps. As Colon noted, his son enjoys swinging the bat, which makes sense after seeing the greatness that was his father’s home run. The problem is that he may also have his father’s footspeed, making a career as a position player a more difficult proposition.
While it may take some time, there is promise in his son’s arm. Colon did say that he reminds him of Matt Harvey. Hopefully he meant the 2015 version of Harvey and not what came after that season.
There is still plenty of time for Colon to work on his son’s abilities. He is only 12 years old and has quite a long time before he would even be considered a prospect to watch. However, he does have quite the impressive tutor to take those early steps in his development on the mound.
While it is unlikely that father and son will be pitching at the same time, stranger things have happened. Colon was still effective at 48 years old in the Mexican League. Even if he is not in affiliated ball, it may not be a surprise to see Colon on the mound somewhere. Or, at the very least, hitting bombs in softball.
Bartolo Colon is attempting to teach his son the family business. If his attempt is successful, a second Big Sexy could be coming to a mound in the near future.