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Bartolo Colón officially retired from baseball as a member of the New York Mets, signing a one-day contract before Sunday’s game. Former Mets manager Terry Collins was among those on hand for Sunday’s festivities, which included the 50-year-old Colón throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Brandon Nimmo. During his pregame remarks, Colón said that the Mets had the fan base that accepted him the most and that they gave him a good amount of happiness. He also said he no longer plays baseball other than practicing with his son.
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After the Colón tributes, José Quintana held the Reds to two runs over 6 2/3 innings of work while the Mets banged out eight runs on 13 hits in an 8-4 victory. Francisco Álvarez drove in two runs with a double, Daniel Vogelbach blasted a pinch-hit bases-clearing double, and Ronny Mauricio collected two knocks and an RBI. Mark Vientos also continued his recent surge, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Mets now head to South Beach for a three-game series with the Marlins, the start of a seven-game road trip. José Butto (1-2, 3.46 ERA) will look to follow up his first big league win with another strong start against Edward Cabrera (6-7, 4.52 ERA). The Mets have faced Cabrera twice this year and won both matchups, thanks in large part to the right-hander issuing 13 walks in 6 2/3 innings. The Mets have won five of their seven games against Miami this year, all of which came in the first two weeks of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m.
During Friday night’s game at Citi Field, a fan caught two foul balls in a three-pitch span, and he’s gifted both to his mother. 23-year-old Patrick Wedderburn was attending the game with his family for his mother’s birthday celebration when he retrieved both foul balls.
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The Rangers have promoted 2023 first-round pick Wyatt Langford to Triple-A Round Rock, as well as 2021 first-rounder Jack Leiter. It’s unclear whether Leiter will pitch again this season. Langford has dominated in his first taste of pro ball since getting drafted fourth overall out of the University of Florida, hitting .370/.479/.717 with 10 homers, 14 doubles, and nine steals while drawing 29 walks against 25 strikeouts in 169 plate appearances. Most recently, Langford went 17-for-38 with four homers and three doubles, walking 10 times and striking out just four times for Double-A Frisco.
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Sean Kenny recaps the Mets’ win in their series finale against the Reds.
James Villani looks back at Bartolo Colón’s Mets career.
On This Date in Mets History
1963: The Mets and Phillies play the final game at Polo Grounds, with the Phillies winning 5-1. Jim Hickman hits the last New York home run in the stadium.
1975: Dave Kingman sets a new franchise record by belting his 35th home run of the year, a walk-off blast to beat the Cubs 7-5. Rusty Staub also etches his name in franchise history, becoming the first Met to drive in 100 runs in a season with his two-run homer in the fifth inning.
2006: José Valentín goes deep twice, Steve Trachsel tosses 6 1/3 shutout innings, and Billy Wagner gets Josh Willingham to fly out to Cliff Floyd to clinch the Mets’ first NL East title since 1988. After getting swept in Pittsburgh, the Mets get to celebrate their division title in front of their home fans at Shea Stadium.
2015: Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, and Juan Uribe all hit homers, and Steven Matz improves to 4-0 with six innings of one-run ball as the Mets down the Yankees, 5-1. Jeurys Familia loads the bases in the ninth inning but gets Brett Gardner to fly out and strikes out Chase Headley to end the game.