Tag:Carlos Zambrano
Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:13 pm

Zambrano wanted to apologize in person

Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano apologized again on Tuesday, and once again it wasn't to his teammates.

Instead, Zambrano talked to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat and said he was waiting to apologize to his teammates when he joins the team -- and that he'd wanted to do so sooner if he'd been allowed.

"I'm a person and a human, and I know when I make a mistake. I have to come to the team and apologize," Zambrano said. "I'm not going to [apologize] because [the Cubs] said I have to do it. I'm going to do it from my heart. I want to be clear and at peace with my teammates."

Zambrano told Muskat that he wanted to apologize to his teammates immediately after he blew up at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, but was told to stay away by the team. Last night he went to ESPN and apologized for his actions. He did that, he said, because he was frustrated he couldn't do it in person.

"I wanted to do this way before this time," Zambrano said. "I wanted to come to the clubhouse and apologize and talk to my teammates."

If that's true, why didn't he stick to the initial plan of not talking to the media before his return to Chicago. Why go on ESPN and apologize before he could do it in person. And if he'd texted and called Derrek Lee, why couldn't he approach his other teammates in the same fashion?

I don't doubt there's some sincerity in what Zambrano has now said in two interviews, it just seems that his actions are steps in the wrong direction. Ultimately, it won't mean anything when Zambrano is back without he Cubs and collecting big paychecks while underachieving, it s just odd that the whole thing has been handled this poorly.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:51 pm

"The Apology" directed at wrong audience

Xarlos Zambrano Was Carlos Zambrano trying to draft off LeBron James' heat? Hoping "The Apology" could serve as a worthy sequel to "The Decision"?

The suspended Cubs pitcher finally spoke up Monday about the June 25 incident in which he got into an altercation with teamate Derrek Lee, but he did his speaking to ESPN in a moderately sincere-sounding interview in what appeared to be a hotel room.

Ever since the incident, there has been talk of the need for Zambrano to apologize to his teammates. Well, at least now they've seen him aplogize on television (Zambrano did say during the interview that he has spoken to Lee by phone). Who is advising this guy?

Manager Lou Piniella seemed irked when asked about Zambrano's TV appearance.

"I don't have any comment about that,'' he told reporters Monday afternoon. "I do know what is needed -- that's for him to talk to his teammates when he gets here over the weekend, assuming he gets here over the weekend. He needs to get that handled and he'll be accepted back by his manager and his teammates.''

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Zambrano pitches in Triple-A

Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano made his return to baseball on Thursday, pitching an inning of relief for Triple-A Iowa.

Zambrano allowed two hits but no runs in an inning of work for the Iowa Cubs against Oklahoma City, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Zambrano gave up singles to Craig Gentry and Mitch Morelan in the seventh inning of a tie game.

According to the Chicago Tribune 's Dave van Dyck , Zambrano is expected to throw three times for Iowa -- again on Saturday or Sunday and then on Tuesday -- before a determination is made for his return to the Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 7:49 pm

Lee says Cubs will welcome Zambrano back

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee says he has no hard feeling towards Carlos Zambrano and expects the team to welcome their former ace back with open arms when he does return.

Zambrano, who was suspended and ordered to undergo anger management therapy after his June 25 blowup at US Cellular Field, has begun throwing at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona.

Following Friday's victory over the Phillies, Lee spoke about the incident for the first time and here's the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan :
"It's going to be fine," Lee said. "He's going to come back and help us. Now it's in the past. It's over with and we'll all be fine."
The laid-back Lee never has been in a situation like that with a teammate, but spoke up in the dugout when the tantrum Zambrano staged to allegedly "pump up" the team got too personal. They engaged in a shouting match that has been replayed dozens of times since.
"You always want to get along with all your teammates," Lee said. ""It's not a fun situation, but it happens. You deal with it and move on."

The day before the incident, Zambrano and Lee were joking around in the Cubs' clubhouse in Seattle. They never had been at odds before, and Lee even stuck up for Zambrano after Cubs fans booed him off the mound one day in 2007.
"The guy has been my teammate since I've been here in '04," Lee said. "Carlos and I are friends. It's like family. You argue with the family, and you get over it."
Because of the things like blogs (yeah, we're guilty) and the 24-hour news cycle, the Zambrano-Lee story will be rehashed again and again until Zambrano returns, or if Lee is traded by then, until the two meet on the field again. Still, it seems just about wrapped up besides the kiss-and-make-up photos and interviews, doesn't it?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 5:32 pm

Zambrano working his way back

Carlos Zambrano The Carlos Zambrano comeback trail has begun in Arizona, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan tweets .

Zambrano is finished with his team-ordered anger management and is in Arizona to begin his comeback on the field.

Zambrano hasn't pitched since his June 25 outburst at U.S. Cellular Field. He shouldn't need much longer to get in shape, but the team can use it as an excuse to delay his return to the team.

With first baseman Derrek Lee on the trade block, Zambrano may not join the team until after the trade deadline and perhaps to a Chicago team without Lee.

Zambrano had little trade value before the incident against the White Sox, so if he's going to be of any value as a major leaguer, it'll have to be with a comeback with the Cubs. As for the Cubs, Zambrano is owed too much money to just release him outright.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:49 am

Cubs selling, but is anyone buying?

Alfonso Soriano Anyone want overpriced, underperforming baseball players?

Well, the Chicago Cubs are having a sale and they hope everything will go.

The Chicago Tribune writes :
Several baseball sources have confirmed to us that the Cubs are ramping up their efforts in the trade market to start clearing the books of cumbersome salaries.

In addition, it is expected that the team's ownership will address the media soon to assess the club's direction, especially if the team continues to struggle before the trading deadline.

"It has been very difficult for the family and the team the first half of the season," Tom Ricketts told season ticket holders Thursday at Wrigley Field. "This is not where the family wanted to be in the first half of the season.
The problem is, who wants what the Cubs are selling?

• A .276/.348/.548 guy with 15 homers and 43 RBI sounds pretty good, except that he's a liability in any defensive position and he's under contract through 2014 at $18 million per year (and a full no-trade clause).

• A middle reliever with more than $30 million left on his contract and a reputation as somewhat of a hothead.

• A broken-down corner infielder due $14.6 million next season hitting .195/.254/.350 with nine homers and 30 RBI.

• How about an extra outfielder due $13.5 million next season who is hitting .259/.357/.429 with eight homers, 26 RBI and has been caught staking as many times as he's stolen a bag (four)?

• A decent starter (7-7, 3.61 ERA 120 strikeouts, 43 walks in 122 innings) who makes $13.5 million next season and has an option for $14 million in 2012.

• A former All-Star first baseman who has only what's left on his $13 million contract for this season, but is hitting .230/.327/.367 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

It's not all bad, though. There are guys other teams may want, like Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA), who is a free agent after the season, but does have a no-trade clause. He's the most likely to be traded, because people actually want him.

Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96) is having a great season, but has a checkered past and is owned $11.5 million next season and has a $12 mutual option for 2012.

Closer Carlos Marmol would bring a decent prospect in return, and Sean Marshall would also be worthy to many teams as a set-up man, but both are more valuable for the Cubs on the team than as a trade piece.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:53 pm

Teammates support Zambrano

Two Cubs players told WGN-TV in Chicago that they still support Carlos Zambrano, even after his latest embarrassing temper-tantrum.

The Chicago Tribune , which owns WGN, has the quotes from Ted Lilly and Marlon Byrd about their teammate.

"I talked to Carlos (Monday) night and he wants to be back out here and he wants to help the team, and I believe that he's going to do that," Ted Lilly told WGN-Ch. 9. "So for me it was encouraging to talk to him and hear what he had to say. I'm pretty confident that he'll be back as soon as he can and he'll help us win games."

Marlon Byrd told WGN that Zambrano's tantrum did not turn out the way it was intended.

"We know what he was trying to do," Byrd said. "It came across wrong. This is something you have to move past. At the same time, it's weird, this can bring a team together, some kind of adversity. Everything is going to be fine. Everybody know what kind of guy Carlos is, and we accept him."

Does Zambrano owe the Cubs players an apology?

"More than anything, we know without having him have to say anything that it was one of those things we've all done," Lilly said.
Well, at least Lilly, who punched his Toronto manager, John Gibbons, in the face after tangling near the Blue Jays' dugout during a game on Aug. 21, 2006. Gibbons' nose was apparently bloodied by Lilly, though both claimed afterward no punches were thrown.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:33 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 1:35 am

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

Carlos Zambrano Could Carlos Zambrano's explosion on Friday have been part of a master plan?

Kevin Millar, currently an analyst on the MLB Network, says that Zambrano told him on the phone that the original plan had been for fellow pitcher Carlos Silva to blow up in the dugout in an attempt to spark the team.

"He told me a week before that he wanted to get Carlos Silva to do something to the team because he's doing well and Carlos Zambrano said that he knew that he wasn't the right guy to do this at this time because of his struggles," Millar said on MLB Tonight according to the Chicago Tribune . "I said: 'You can't say the team's playing like girls. … You can't say that this whole team that's not clicking for some reason' or 'We're not playing hard' because he's a big part of that problem."

Unfortunately, Z didn't heed his advice and did just that Friday, calling out some of his teammates and using derogatory terms.

Silva couldn't recall any conversation with Zambrano but did say that the volatile right-hander asked Silva "to get mad once." That occurred a few weeks ago when the Cubs had just lost to Houston and had to travel to Pittsburgh for a makeup game. But that never sounded palatable to Silva.

"I would never do anything like that to embarrass the team," he said.

Zambrano is currently being evaluated by doctors to determine the next step in addressing Zambrano's issues.

-- Evan Brunell

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