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Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 2:03 pm
Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Zambrano is again threatening retirement, and apparently the Cubs hope he follows through.

"We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward," general manager Jim Hendry told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

It's a wonder he could get that out with a straight face and without giggling -- Zambrano leaving under his own accord could allow Hendry to have done what he couldn't do himself, get rid of the albatross in his clubhouse and on his payroll.

The Cubs have been in contact with Zambrano's agent, Barry Praver, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Sullivan reports Zambrano has not yet filed retirement papers, but if the matter isn't resolved by this afternoon, the team will place Zambrano on the restricted list. 

Manager Mike Quade was also unhappy with Zambrano, who cleaned out his locker and talked about retirement after being ejected in the fifth inning of Friday's loss to the Braves for throwing at Chipper Jones.

By the time the media was allowed in the clubhouse, not only was Zambrano and his stuff gone, so too was even the nameplate on his locker.

"He walked out on 24 guys that are battling their ass off for him," Quade told reporters after the game, including Wittenmyer. "I don't know where he's gone or what he's doing. I heard he's talking about retiring. I can't have a guy walking out on 24 guys, that's for damn sure."

Zambrano has one year worth $18 million left on his contract and a no-trade clause.

Last year the Cubs stood by Zambrano (in no small part because of the amount of money left on his contract) after he started a fight in the dugout with Derrek Lee and was sent to anger-management counseling and even welcomed back. This season he'd pitched better, but still grumbled about the team this year, calling it a "Triple-A team," but at least including himself in that rant.

On Friday, though, he may have burned his last bridge. Or, with the thought of giving up more than $20 million left for this season and next, he'll come back and the Cubs will accept him because they have very little choice not to. Either way, it's going to be interesting this afternoon when Cubs players start filing into the clubhouse at Turner Field for the 7:10 p.m. game against the Braves. There will certainly be a few people hoping Zambrano doesn't walk through the door and isn't in the dugout come gametime.

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Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:13 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

This is one time the Players Union should back the club and tell Zambrano, we are standing with the other 24 players on the Chicago Team.  You walked out the Cubs have the right to take your word as your bond and cut you from the team without further monies owed.  Only in professional sports can a player walk out on a team in the middle of the game  or practice and the union will say,  well he didn't mean it.  BS.  The union should think of the other players these players are walkinig out on and say you know what there are others ready to take your place, maybe not for the same money right now, but it will help the rest of the team. 

Someone mentioned that none of the Cubs players came out of the dugout to back Zambrano up.  They had no reason to.  None of the Braves players tried to show any of the Cubs up when they hit there home run.  In fact Uggla kind of hurried around the bases with his last home run.  What people need to remember is Zambrano hit Dan at the belt line his previous at bat.  Dan didn't get mad didn't say anything and payed him back with another home run that final at bat.    I don't blame the Cub players at all for not backinig this Jacka$$ up trying to hit a future hall of famer just because he was throwing a flat fastball and the Braves weren't missing it. 

I hope the Cubs get to get rid of this jerk and I hope the other teams in Baseball have enough sense not to sign him and let him go home and think about what might have been. 

Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:13 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Yeah Zambrano is a head-case. I laugh at the comments regarding his on the field record. In his eleven years of service, he has compiled some very good stats. The 3.15 (approx.) lifetime ERA is really VERY GOOD. He as a 10 year plus MLB player and five years plus on the Cubs does give him some trade clause rights. Walking out on his teammates is definitely the wrong thing to do, but he has the right to express himself but should have been done in a more constructive manner. I think he should take a cut in salary and try to find another team that he could team interested in his obvious #2 or #3 starting pitcher status. Being the #1 on this Cubs team going no where fast has contributed to his psychological collapse. I have seen other players come unglued in the past and it seems if you are lilly white you get a much better support system than when a player of color goes off. There are plenty of teams out there in serious need of a strong and capable pitcher. I think he will appologize to the cubs and his teammates and will finish the season. After that it is up to one or more of the other 29 teams to make him an offer and hopefully help him with his anger issues. For anyone to say he is lacking in talent, doesn't have a clue on evaluating a player for what he clearly brings to the table. Zambrano is not the reason the Cubs are failing miserably this season but rather one of the components of an under achieving team.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:09 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

The Yankees or Red Sox will just turn around & give him close to that money once again...I mean when Tim Wakefield & Bartolo Colon are in your starting 5, your willing to sign just about anyone.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:01 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Add this to a career of B.S. This is nothing new for this POS!

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:59 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

This guy has my anger when the Mets lose. What an A$$hole.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

It is a comedy show. He is completely out of touch with reality.  He should retire and not be let back in building.  That would be best for the Cubs. Someone said, "It is tough playing a loser". Not at 18million a year. The key word is "PLAYING".  U6 umployement is close to 20% in the USA.  Try finding another job at 18m a year without a education in a foriegn country or a job at all.  What Disgrace!

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:43 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

I've been looking for video of this on the internet but can't find one. Anyone know where to find a video of the incident? I tried all the usual places.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:41 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

"We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward," general manager Jim Hendry told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Baseball fans are begging you to trade him to the White Sox.  Pacquiao/Mayweather
would have nothing on that combination.

And Quade should be thankful - at least Big Z gave Cub fans something other to talk about than his team, otherwise known as "We'll Get 'Em Next Year: Part 102."

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:40 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

"clubs lose clubs lose tell them harry remember harry he got it wrong he should have yelled clubs lose instead of clubs win but the drunks will come out and pay for the gm to throw their money away on stiffs and to trade away their farm system for a pither in his late 20s garza while they are still in last place and the team that got all these good young players from the cubs has a chance to win it all tb"

Could someone please decipher this nonsense. What in the heck are you trying to say?
Cubs players and fans are hoping this is a true story. Stay retired Mr Zambrano!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:32 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

A lot of players have quit on this ballclub,their tired of playing for 3 clueless dumb asses like Quade,Hendry and Ricketts,this team would be ten times better if the MLB would of let Sam Zell sell the team to Mark Cuban,instead of some clueless A-Hole like Tom Rickett's.

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