Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/3/13
As the Seattle Mariners struggle through their annual season of supreme mediocrity, their division rivals in Oakland currently sit half a game out of first place. The A’s are in a neck and neck race with the high-budget Texas Rangers and figure to stay in contention throughout the year. As usual, Oakland has found success with undervalued players who are out-performing their expectations. Seriously, who had Josh Donaldson on their All-Star ballot before the season? And, in my favorite example of an unexpected over-achiever, ageless wonder/fat plumber Bartolo Colon is also currently putting up a perplexingly dominant, All-Star caliber season sporting an 11-2 record and a 2.79 ERA. Did I mention that he’s 76 years old and weighs 408 pounds? Insane. "I feel better right now than last year," Colon said recently. "I worked more than last year, even though I'm still fat, but that don't mean nothing." Touché, Bartolo. Don’t listen to the haters. I’m all for a dumpy fat guy mowi...
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