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Is Bartolo Colon the worst batter ever to hit a home run?

SB Nation
 2021-05-01

Cover picture for the articleI’m not here to argue a point. I’m here for two things. Thing number one is showing you my new episode of Rewinder, which I made with the excellent director Brian Torres. It’s about Bartolo Colon stepping up to the plate for an at-bat in which he was absolutely, statistically doomed to fail. Colon was a pitcher who spent most of his career playing for American League teams that rarely needed him to hit, and by the time of this game in 2016 he was 42 YEARS OLD. I guess this post’s headline has already spoiled what happens in the video, but I’m not particularly worried about that. It’s vital that you not just watch this moment, but understand just how unlikely that was, and the reasons why that’s the case.

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