Carlos Zambrano is hanging out at Wrigley Field today and told reporters he’s done trying to make a comeback, officially calling it quits at age 33.
Zambrano recently tried to do some throwing, but says the baseball “felt like a rock” and “life is good” in retirement.
Heavy workloads early in Zambrano’s career caught up to him, as he failed to crack 200 innings after age 26, ceased being an effective pitcher at age 29, and last appeared in the majors at age 31. Still, he earned nearly $115 million for his career and made three All-Star games, posting a 3.66 ERA in 1,959 innings.
Carlos Zambrano got into a big brawl down in a Venezuela winter league game on Saturday. Now he’s sorry:
Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized — in an ad in the El Nacional newspaper — for his role in a brawl during Venezuela’s winter series final . . . Zambrano asked for forgiveness from Venezuelans and the Caribes organization for the “very embarrassing incident.”
He’s had a lot of practice doing that. He always says he’s a changed man after whatever dustup he’s involved in. But at some point you’re just a guy who is unable to keep a lid on you emotions and your anger. Zambrano passed that point years ago.
CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval came up lame running out a grounder in the eighth inning of a Venezuelan Winter League game last night. Baggarly writes that it appears to be a “minor” injury, fortunately. He is back in the lineup tonight.
A recent report indicated that Sandoval has lost over 40 pounds this off-season as he enters his final season before free agency. Staying on the field had been an issue for Sandoval in previous years.
Sandoval’s injury was a footnote in what was an interesting game between Navegantes de Magallanes and Caribes de Anzoategui. Carlos Zambrano was part of a benches-clearing brawl and reportedly threw a few haymakers.
Carlos Zambrano has had a lot of new starts in recent years. After his final meltdown as a Chicago Cub he said he was going to have a fresh, mellow new start as a Marlin. Then he said he had a new outlook when Philly signed him. He gave interviews in the fall about how he’s older and more mature now and all of that.
Guess we’re still waiting.
Last night in a Venezuela Winter League game he led the charge out of the dugout during a benches-clearing brawl after this teammate was plunked in the ribs. Watch the video here of Big Z throwing haymakers. He’s in vintage Zambrano form:
Carlos Zambrano, whose comeback attempt with the Phillies ended when he was released from Triple-A in July, is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League in the hopes of making another run at the big leagues in 2014.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Zambrano feels healthy now after blaming shoulder problems on this year’s lack of success. Of course, Zambrano’s struggles date back much further than this year.
Zambrano is still just 32 years old–seriously, I double-checked and everything–but he hasn’t posted a better-than-average ERA since 2010 and no longer even has the raw stuff to suggest he’s capable of putting things together in a big way.