Encouraged by his performance this season, New York Mets veteran starter Bartolo Colon wants to give it at least one more season in the majors before he ends his career.
Colon, who is 14-13 with a 4.18 ERA and 135 strikeouts against 24 walks in 193 2/3 innings this season, made his plans known while speaking with reporters on Tuesday.
"For a personal record, I think it was OK," Colon said of his performance this season. "I know 14-13 means a lot for me. I think I did everything in my power to help the team, to put it in position to win. For me, personally, it was an OK season."
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"If I get that opportunity, I'm going to continue to pitch and play," he said of his plans for next season.
Colon is currently in the final year of a two-year, $20-million contract with the Mets.
With his career 218 wins, Colon, who will turn 43 next season, ranks 76th all-time in wins and is just two wins away from passing Pedro Martinez as the second-winningest Dominican pitcher in history behind Juan Marichal.
"It's really significant for me. It would mean a lot for me to be tied with Pedro for the second-most wins for a Dominican player," Colon said of potentially tying Martinez this season." But even though I would be there with Pedro -- we would have the same number of wins -- Pedro was a better pitcher than me."
If Colon's wish of extending his career is fulfilled, he will play in his 19th season next year.