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                   Bartolo Colon --- 2013

                                                                                               April 17-19, 2015   

On This Date in Major League
Baseball History... April 18, 2012

It has been debated in baseball circles for
years "what is the best pitch in baseball?"

Is it the split-finger fastball?

Or is the lively mid-90's fastball?

How about the knee-buckling slider on the

But what it comes down to is that the best
pitch in baseball is a strike --- and on this
date in 2012, Bartolo Colon set the
standard for all to admire.

The route to a 6-0 blanking of the Angels
that day was blazed by
strikes as Colon
hurled eight innings of 4-hit ball. The
right-hander tossed 108 pitches of which 82
were for strikes.
At one point in the contest,
Colon thr
ew 38 consecutive strikes, the
longest such streak since all pitches were
first recorded in 1988.

The A's hurler was backed by the slugging
of Yoenis Cespedes and Johnny Gomes
who both went deep against losing pitcher
Ervin Santana. Colon would move to 3-1 on
the young season en route to a 10-9, 3.43
year that was cut short due to a 50-game
suspension for using performance-
enhancing drugs.