Tag:Carlos Zambrano
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:40 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

By Matt Snyder

Zambrano Saga
In a development that isn't too surprising to those who have been paying attention to Carlos Zambrano's antics over the years, he's really sorry. And he wants to stay with the Cubs for the rest of his career. It's the same song and dance we've heard from Zambrano over the years, pretty much after every single meltdown.

Speaking on WGN radio Monday, Zambrano apologized to the Cubs organization and said he wants to "be a Cubbie for the rest of [his] life," also saying the Cubs have been very good to him (ChicagoSports.com).

Friday, Zambrano was ejected after throwing at Chipper Jones of the Braves, seemingly intentionally. But Zambrano told WGN radio that he was not throwing at Jones. Following the game, news broke that Zambrano had packed up his stuff and left the clubhouse, telling some people he was retiring from baseball. The nameplate at his locker had been removed as well. Zambrano said Monday he only mentioned retirement out of frustration in a few private conversations in the locker room and he doesn't really want to retire. He also said he wanted to rejoin his teammates Saturday and doesn't agree with him being suspended by the club (David Kaplan via Twitter).

It's very likely there's no way Zambrano's retiring. He has $18 million on the table for the 2012 season. He has been placed on the disqualified list by the Cubs and the MLB Players Association is reportedly filing a grievance on his behalf Monday night in dispute of the decision.

Zambrano, 30, is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP this season.

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:12 pm

Players association to file grievance on Zambrano

By Evan Brunell

ZambranoOn Monday morning, the players association will file a grievance on behalf of Carlos Zambrano against the Cubs for placing the mercurial right-hander on the disqualified list, the Arlington Daily Herald reports.

Zambrano blew up in Friday's game, getting ejected in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs. Zambrano threatened that he was retiring after the game, clearing out his locker and taking his nameplate. That spurred the Cubs, sick of his antics, to call him on it and placed him on the disqualified list.

The player's union will argue that the punishment does not fit the crime, as being placed on the list would cause Zambrano to go unpaid for 30 days and cannot be with the team. Of course, if Big Z was to retire, he'd be forfeiting his entire salary, including $18 million next season.

Zambrano has not been back to the park since clearing out his locker, but did tell an associate to return his belongings, which happened around 11:15-11:30 p.m. Friday night. Casey Coleman is expected to be called up to assume Zambrano's spot in the rotation.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:18 pm

Jones says 'no hard feelings' against Zambrano

Chipper JonesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Chipper Jones wasn't surprised Friday night when Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano threw at him following Dan Uggla's second home run of the game.

"There's no hard feelings," Jones told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Carlos has a tendency to runs  little hot and you can tell that he was frustrated. I sort of had an inkling that it was coming."

Zambrano was ejected immediately after his third pitch of the at-bat nearly hit Jones. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry apologized to Jones and admonished his pitcher after the team put him on the disqualified list. Jones said he appreciated the apology.

"I like Carlos. I've always liked Carlos," Jones said. "He's an intense competitor and he's one of those guys that comes out of the bullpen breathing fire and that's what you like if he's on your club. Unfortunately sometimes it works against him and last night was another in a long line of situations where it got away from him."

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 7:05 pm

Guillen says Zambrano 'embarrassed' by actions

Ozzie GuillenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Last season after Carlos Zambrano got into a fight with teammate Derrek Lee, he went to dinner that night with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Friday, Zambrano sent Guillen texts after his latest outburst. However, Guillen said he didn't feel like dealing with anyone else's problems after the White Sox's 5-1 loss to the Royals, but his wife Ibis did replay.

Guillen, who has defended Zambrano in the past, had quite a bit to say about Zambrano, whom he calls a friend.

"Very bad and very sad situation," Guillen told reporters, including Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald.

Guillen also said he knew Zambrano was "embarrassed" by his actions.

"But it gets to the point, enough is enough," Guillen said. "What can he say? Hopefully today he feels a little bit better. He should feel embarrassed, should regret what he said or what he did. I don't think he said anything bad. There's a lot of people thinking [about] what he said. I did a lot. You know how many times I want to quit? I can't because I love this game. So does he."

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:48 pm

Dempster on Zambrano: 'He's made his bed'

Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Pretty much everyone who saw the video of Carlos Zambrano's noticed that when the Braves came out of the dugout looking for a fight, none of the Cubs came out to defend Zambrano. They didn't start on Saturday.

Before Saturday's game in Atlanta, several Cubs said Zambrano's actions were over the line.

"He's been doing a lot of things, not once or twice, he's got think a little bit more," Alfonso Soriano told reporters, including Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. "He's a big man, but mentally he's weak."

Soriano confronted Zambrano before the pitcher packed his bags and left on Friday, a source told CBSSports.com.

Fellow starter Ryan Dempster, who has been with the Cubs since 2004, said he didn't think Zambrano would pitch for the Cubs again.

"It's not like it's something new," Dempster told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's been one after another. We've learned to deal with it pretty good."

He added that the team was dealing with it better since Zambrano wasn't at the ballpark on Saturday.

"I think the guys in here are pretty upbeat today," Dempster told the Sun-Times. "He's made his bed; he's got to sleep in it. For us, we'll just go out there and give our best tonight and move forward. The faster you move forward the faster things get better."

Some players told the Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer that they didn't think Zambrano could return to the team.

"I think he needs to find some guy to talk to him, because he's got a problem," Soriano told Wittenmyer. "A lot of people try to help him, but he doesn't let them help, because that's him."

General manager Jim Hendry, the same man who gave Zambrano a five-year, $91.5 million contract, called Zambrano's actions "intolerable," but said it wasn't out of character.

"We've had other instances of him not being the teammate I would aspire him to be," Hendry told the Tribune. "And certainly not all of that is public (though much of it is). You can tell by the sanction we're trying to enforce that it's not tolerated, and it's not right for the other 24. It's just totally uncalled for."

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:59 pm

Carlos Zambrano's greatest snits

Carlos Zambrano

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There's plenty to say about Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, but one thing is for sure, he's never boring.

August's outburst that led to the end of his Cubs' career is just another in the long list of Zambrano's outlandish behavior. Here's a look back at some of Zambrano's greatest snits -- both good and bad:

Aug. 22, 2003: Zambrano took a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings before Shea Hillenbrand broke it up with an infield single down the third-base line. Replays showed Aramis Ramirez's throw beat Hillenbrand to first. Zambrano, then 22, showed great maturity by not getting mad at first-base umpire Bill Miller or blaming him afterward. "A lot more chances will come to throw a no-hitter," he told the Chicago Tribune at the time. Zambrano retired three more batters before giving up two hits in the eventual Cubs victory.

July 19, 2004: After giving up the go-ahead homer to Scott Rolen in the eighth inning of a game against the Cardinals, Zambrano hit Jim Edmonds on his next pitch and was ejected. In the fourth inning of the game, Edmonds homered and did his usual admiring of his homer, to which Zambrano took exception. Zambrano yelled at Edmonds as he neared home plate and benches cleared. In Edmonds' next at-bat, Zambrano struck him out on three pitches and waved his finger at him. After hitting Edmonds, Zambrano said he didn't do it intentionally, although -- shocker -- Tony La Russa had an issue with Zambrano's actions.

April 4, 2005: In his first opening-day start, Zambrano was pulled in the fifth inning and argued with home plate umpire Dale Scott, who ejected him.

Carlos ZambranoMay 14, 2005: Zambrano left his start at Washington after just 3 1/3 innings, having given up four runs on four hits. He reportedly had a sore elbow and later said it because he'd been spending four hours a day on his computer e-mailing his brother and others in his native Venezuela.

June 5, 2006: Zambrano took a perfect game into the eighth inning before giving up a hit to Preston Wilson with one out in the inning. Zambrano also hit a three-run homer in the second inning.

June 1, 2007: After a passed ball and a bad throw from catcher Michael Barrett helped lead to five Braves runs in the fifth inning, Zambrano confronted the catcher as they made their way to the dugout and a small fight ensued. After manager Lou Piniella removed the two from the game, the fight continued in the clubhouse where Zambrano punched Barrett -- which required Barrett to get stitches in his lip. Barrett was traded to the Padres before the month was over.

Aug. 17, 2007: Just 26, Zambrano signed a five-year, $91.5 million contract that would keep him in Chicago through at least 2012 -- which at the time was thought to be a good thing.

Sept. 3, 2007: After allowing eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers, the Wrigley faithful booed Zambrano, who then went after the fans following the game. "I don't accept that the fans were booing at me," Zambrano said after the game (via Chicago Tribune). "I thought these were the greatest fans in baseball. But they showed me today that they just care about them, and that's not fair."

Sept. 14, 2008: Zambrano threw a no-hitter against the Astros at Miller Park in Milwaukee, where the game was moved because of damage in Houston due to Hurricane Ike. Zambrano struck out 10, walking one and hitting one. He became the first Cub to throw a no-hitter since Milt Pappas in 1972.

May 27, 2009: After a close play at the plate, umpire Mark Carlson ejected Zambrano, who then mock-ejected Carlson, threw a ball into left field, threw his glove and then destroyed a Gatorade machine in the dugout with a bat. He was suspended six games and fined $3,000.

June 1, 2009: While serving his suspension, Zambrano missed the team's flight to Atlanta. Piniella said the incident was "handled internally."

June 5, 2009: After recording his 100th career victory, Zambrano said he would retire after his contract with the Cubs was finished. "After this contract, I'm done," Zambrano said at the time (via MLB.com). "I'm serious. I don't want to play. I want to help this team, I want to do everything possible to win with this team, but after five years or four years, or whatever I have left on my contract, I just don't want to play."

June 25, 2010: After giving up four runs in the first inning against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Zambrano stormed off the field and into the dugout and got into the face of first baseman Derrek Lee, whom he blamed for not fielding a ball hit by Juan Pierre. The two had to be separated and Piniella took Zambrano out of the game. General manager Jim Hendry suspended him indefinitely and then the next day it was revealed Zambrano would have to undergo anger management before returning to the team. It was also later revealed that Zambrano had dinner with then-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after the game.

July 26, 2010: Instead of apologizing to his teammates, Zambrano went on ESPN and made a blanket apology for the incident. He said he had talked on the phone with Lee. 

Aug. 9, 2010: After making three appearances out of the bullpen, Zambrano made his return to the rotation, allowing four hits and two runs along with seven walks in five innings against the Giants. He received a no-decision and the Cubs lost the game. However, in his 11 starts after returning from suspension, he went 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA, giving some hope that he'd changed following the incident and would once again be a productive member of the team.

May 27, 2011: Zambrano said his stiff neck was a result of watching TV in bed.

June 5, 2011: After Carlos Marmol blew a save for Zambrano, the right-hander went off on the team, saying the Cubs "play like a Triple-A team' and that the team was "embarrassing" and "we stink."

Aug. 13, 2011: After allowing five home runs to the Braves, Zambrano was ejected for twice throwing inside to Chipper Jones. Zambrano immediately cleaned out his locker, took his nameplate and told clubhouse personnel he was retiring. The Cubs soon placed him on the restricted list.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 4:25 pm

Cubs place Zambrano on disqualified list

Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list, meaning he will have 30 days without pay and cannot be with the team, the team announced.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune that he found Zambrano's actions "intolerable." Although Hendry said he hasn't talked to Zambrano, he did talk to his agent who told him Zambrano was "not in the retirement mode."

During the 30 days, the team and the Players' Association will discuss Zambrano's situation. 

That means he would rather not give up the more than $20 million owed to him by the club. Zambrano had reportedly told people he was going to retire after he was ejected from Friday's game for throwing at Chipper Jones and then packing his bags and leaving before the end of the game.

Hendry said he apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for spoiling the night dedicated to honoring former Braves manager Bobby Cox.

The team could call up Triple-A starter Casey Coleman to take Zambrano's place in the rotation.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:17 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

Alfonso SorianoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After Carlos Zambrano was ejected from Friday's game, Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano went into the team's clubhouse and "went off" on Zambrano, a source told CBSSports.com.

Zambrano was very quiet and didn't really say much after being ejected. Then, as soon as Soriano stopped yelling at him in Spanish, Zambrano packed his bag, took the nameplate from his locker and left, the source said.

Soriano, like Zambrano, is signed to a big-money, long-term deal by the Cubs. However, he's been criticized for not showing emotions at time, in stark contrast to Zambrano who has often let his emotions get the best of him. Soriano is known to be easy-going and generally well-liked. The fact that it was Soriano that had a problem with Zambrano showed just how fed up Zambrano's teammates are with the pitcher.

Following Friday's game, manager Mike Quade told reporters he hadn't talked to Zambrano, but didn't sound too worried about the pitcher's next step.

"I have too much respect for the rest of the guys in this room to worry," Quade said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Aramis Ramirez told the Tribune that he'd never seen anything like what Zambrano did, while Marlon Byrd told the paper he hadn't talked to Zambrano but was planning on calling him. 

"If he doesn't show up [Saturday], we might not see him again," Byrd told the Tribune.

Players usually start showing up four hours or so before the game and the press is allowed in three-and-a-half hours before the game, so expect to hear more soon.

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