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Looking Back at Bartolo Colón’s Cy Young Season

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The man, the myth, the legend: Big Sexy. The lovable pitcher that everyone got to see over his illustrious 21-year career. We had the opportunity to view the man be a fantastic pitcher along with having iconic moments such as hitting a home run against the Padres that will live in infamy. What many people forget is that he won the American League Cy Young in 2005 with the Angels.

The Background on Colón

Colón started his long career in 1997 with the Cleveland Indians, making 19 appearances in his rookie season. By his second season, he was selected for the All-Star Game, and his successful career had unofficially begun.

In his 21 years, he played with 12 teams, including the Indians, Expos, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Mets, Braves, Twins, and Rangers. His most successful statistical years based on earned run average were his two with Oakland, posting a 2.99 ERA with a 28-15 record.

However, his best accomplishment was in 2005 when he earned that Cy Young Award.

2005 Colón

Coming into the 2005 season, the Angels were poised to make a postseason run with a cast of characters that were young and ready to win. Other than Colón, the pitching staff included John Lackey, Paul Byrd, Jarrod Washburn, and Ervin Santana. Colón did not let down his team.

Colón racked up a 21-8 record with a 3.48 ERA in 222 innings pitched. His 21 wins led the league, with the second-most wins collected by Jon Garland of the White Sox with 18. He also had a top ten ERA, rivaling great pitchers like his teammate, John Lackey.

For Colón, this was the perfect storm with his fantastic stats and his team’s success. Colón and the rest of the team won the AL West with a 95-67 record giving them a seven-game lead over the second-place Athletics. The Angels went into the playoffs beating the Yankees in five games but then lost to the White Sox in 5 games in the ALCS.

Although we remember Bartolo Colón for things such as his crazy home run in San Diego, we should never forget how good of a pitcher he was especially in 2005.


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Justin Oosterwyk has been a writer for Overtime Heroics for the past year. He has been focusing on the Los Angeles Angels but has also written other Major League baseball articles. His favorite team is the New York Yankees, and his favorite player of all time is Mark Teixeira.