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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: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:27 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

what the hell do you know about unions douche..I love idiots like your mouth but know nothing about anything..

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:26 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

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:24 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Sad, he's worth millions and he can't make it through one season without complications. Just shut up and play the game. That's what they pay you for. They don't pay you to take out your rage on other teammates and negatively impact the team. Just retire, Zambrano. No one will care.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:16 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Suspension? "Actions detrimental to the team"? Another stint on the DL (of course, they'd have to pay him for that)

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:15 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

He's been the Cubs best pitcher since 2003, even through names like Prior and Wood.   He has the right to do whatever it wants.  It's touch playing for a loser!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:07 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

He should lose his job.  In the REAL world, if an employee walked out the door during work hours, he'd better be sure it's for good because there's no chance he or she would be "welcomed" back.  I hope the Cubs part ways with this overpaid waste of roster.

Not true at all.  In the real world when there is a union nobody gets fired for walking out like he did.  I'm not saying it's right because I hate unions but that's just how it is.  There aren't many similarities between the sports world and the real world but this is one example where there they have something common.  And that is the employee will be back...... best case scenario for the Cubs is he waives his no trade clause, the Cubs eat a large portion of the rest of his salary and he gets traded.

I honestly think with a change of scenery Zambrano is a very good starting pitcher.  He's only 30 years old and has a lot left in him.  A career era of 3.60 even in the National league is nothing to be ashamed of, it's a nice career era.  And just last year in 2010 he finished the year with 11 nice starts in a row., 2 runs or less in each and every start and zero in 4 of them.... no joke, look it up. Is he worth that 5 year 90 million dollar contract he signed 3 years ago?  Probably not.  But that's MLB for you....  everybody is overpaid and he's no different then many other players in both leagues.  

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:04 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 8, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:04 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Cubs should rejoice if this idiot loser headcase

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:03 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Zambrano.......,What a "Ham & Egger" This guy couldn't sneek a fastball by a pee-wee ! $20 million....that the Cubs fault. Pay that much for a guy who should be sackin grocerys at the piggly wiggly. Money mouth

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:01 pm

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Big Z is a joke and a disgrace for bot baseball, the Cubs and himself. Does he really think that anyone actually believes that he would retire and leave all that money on the table? He is a joke. He gave up all of those runs to the Braves, and he has the audacity to be mad? Hilarious. Zambrano is so bad that even the Yankees would not take him for free. This is another reason that the one thing in pro sports that I really hate and should be done away is is guaranteed contracts. The working man has no guarantees about his job, bad performance, fired. The same should be for pro athletes. Make the millionaires have to produce or be terminated. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. 

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