By Ed Coleman
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Bartolo Colon is a modern-day marvel. Looking more like a pitcher you’d probably spot on a mound in a Sunday slow-pitch softball beer league, Colon won 18 games for Oakland last season and finished sixth in the balloting for the AL Cy Young Award.
And what’s particularly amazing is that Colon accomplishes what he does with primarily one pitch –the good old-fashioned fastball.
Colon will turn 41 in May, and his fastball averaged a tick under 90 MPH last season. Everyone else in the top 10 of fastball percentage for 2013 throws harder than Colon, yet he utilizes it 85-90 percent of the time. And that’s because he can do so many things with it, as manager Terry Collins attests.