Patriots Day is always a special day in Boston. The Red Sox play their annual 11:05 game, allowing fans to leave the ballpark and see the tens of thousands of marathoners trotting through Kenmore Square as they finish the Boston Marathon. Here are five MLBers you will not see running a marathon.
Bobby Jenks, former Red Sox starter. Jenks only appeared in 19 games for the Sox back in 2011, going 2-2. His ERA was 6.32, which was double his weight. Nobody ever spotted Jenks training at Jamaica Pond for any marathons.
El Guapo, also known as Rich Garces. Many of us remember the portly Red Sox reliever who toiled for the Red Sox between 1996 and 2002. During that time he went 23-8 and amassed seven saves, but became a fan favorite. Listed at 250 pounds, he appeared to weigh just a bit more than that, and don’t expect to see El Guapo trotting up Heartbreak Hill anytime soon.
Bartolo Colon, New York Mets. Despite the fact he’s 41 years old, he’s also 285 pounds, while being listed as 5’11.” He’s been in the major leagues for 17 years, and that includes a short stint with the Red Sox in 2008, when he went a respectable 4-2. But with a weight listed at 285 pounds, don’t look for Colon prancing across the finish line.
Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers. Listed at 5’11” and weighing in at 275 pounds, the five-time All-Star has shown great durability in his career, averaging 160 games played in per year. He also has 18 stolen bases in that time, but don’t expect him running down Boylston St. anytime soon.
Jonathon Broxton, Cincinnati Reds. Broxton’s been in the bigs for 10 years now, but he’s been big longer than that. Flirting with 300 pounds, the 6’4” right-handed starting pitcher might strike an imposing figure on the mound, but he won’t strike fear into any Kenyon runners.