It was announced Friday that Bartolo Colon will replace Madison Bumgarner in the All-Star Game in San Diego. New York Mets manager and All-Star game manager Terry Collins had to pick a replacement for Bumgarner, who pitches for the San Francisco Giants on Sunday and is therefore ineligible to pitch in the game. There were many options, but Collins went with his own guy to be a replacement.
Colon, 43, who will attend his fourth All-Star Game, has a 3.28 ERA, 4.12 FIP, and 1.3 fWAR in 98.2 innings pitched this season. He will be returning to the park where he hit the only home run of his long career:
Collins managed to snub a number of pitchers, including Drew Pomeranz, who plays in San Diego for the Padres and has a better ERA, FIP, fWAR, and more innings pitched than Colon. Tanner Roark, Jacob deGrom, Kyle Hendricks, Jerad Eickhoff, Carlos Martinez, Zack Greinke, Steven Matz, Kenta Maeda, Tyler Chatwood, and Joe Ross are all arguably more deserving as well. Max Scherzer was originally one of the snubs, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo reported that he will replace his Washington Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg in the All-Star Game.
Colon ranks 18th in ERA among NL pitchers with at least 80 IP, 34th in FIP, 33rd in fWAR, and 22nd in RA/9 WAR. Those are not All-Star-worthy accolades.
The All-Star Game isn’t a joke, because it’s played for home-field advantage in the World Series, but Collins is treating it like a joke. Maybe Collins will give Colon a plate appearance in the game even though they’re going to play with a designated hitter.