Zambrano Hints at Retirement, Cubs Ready Gold Watch

Since this will be the talk of the weekend comments, let's recap tonight's festivities...

Carlos Zambrano started the game, he gave up five home runs in 4.1 IP and 8 ER, then decided he didn't want to wait for Q-Ball to take him out and just threw at Chipper Jones.  At least he had the deceny to not throw at his head. With the calmness of a serial killer, he walked off the mound, seemed to say a few words to someone on the bench and then proceeded to pack up his locker, go home and apparently told a few folks he's retiring.

There's even a silver lining in the Cubs 2011 cloud.

Because if he retires, he saves the Cubs $18M next year, not to mention the roughly $4.5M he's owed for the rest of this year.

Jim Hendry's comment from Tennessee where he was watching the Smokies play was, ""We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward."

(Ominous drum hits)

I've always liked Z, the player and the personality. A few unfortunate antics aside, he played hard, was for the most part good at his job and was just frankly entertaining. It's a shame he never recaptured the numbers that helped him earn his contract, it's hard to imagine a player declining at age 26, but that seems to be the case.

But for the good of the Cubs (hopefully), Z and the organization just weren't getting along and that $22M that the Cubs may suddenly find under their pillow will hopefully be put to good use and get the Cubs back to relevancy a little quicker. (update: Levine says he's owed $24M).

I'm sure more is to come.

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All he needs to do is learn two more pitches and gain a whole bunch of stamina. He can be the next Mark Prior or Kerry Wood!!!

@djlindholm: Sounds like #Cubs having good #mlbdraft but close to signing 1st and 2nd round pick?

jimcallisBA Jim Callis
Will get Baez and Vogelbach done tonight.

Dow UP 218 points

haha.

bah,

Dow was only up 213

SI's Legal guy looks at Zambrano situation-

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers...

Kaplan on WGN Radio interviewed Zambrano today, it will air on Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast, I think is what he said. Anyway, he gave a teaser/summed up the interview on the radio, and it really pissed me off.

Z said he didn't throw at Chipper. The ball got away from him.

He said something 'in passing, in private' to someone on the team and they leaked it to the press. He didn't retire, didn't take his stuff from the stadium, and was on the way to the stadium on Saturday for the game when his agent called and said he had been suspended.

He said he has no problems with Quade or the Cubs.

He said he was sorry. And that he'll always be a Cub and wants to stay with the Cubs the rest of his career.

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After hearing his line of bullshit, it just confirms that they should do everything they can to get rid of this lying, schizophrenic sack of shit.

Chicago Tribune Live is on from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight on CSN.

"get rid of this lying, schizophrenic sack of, etc."

Several people around here seem angrier to me than Zambrano.

People got angry recently when the Cubs started winning!

"Z said he didn't throw at Chipper. The ball got away from him"

That's a lie.

What he said was that it was two cutters because they were extending their arms and looking too comfortable. He also said if he wanted to hit him he would have thrown a fastball and hit him, because when he wants to hit someone he can. You don't throw cutters to hit someone.

I can't believe this but I believe him on that part because anytime he has tried to hit someone in the past he has done it.

"I can't believe this but I believe him on that part because anytime he has tried to hit someone in the past he has done it."

Nobody says "I tried to hit that guy but missed...because my aim sucks". Meaning: How can you know he's hit everyone he's aimed for? I don't care, really, just curious about the logic.

Have you watched Zambrano pitch? He is as easy to read as anyone. I have seen him throw at guys a number of times and he always hits them in the thigh. He is a grade a prick, but he hits guys the right way and you can pretty much tell every time he tries to. As far as the because my aim sucks. That is just silly. Zambrano even says in his interview that when he has tried he has succeeded. So he admits to throwing at people. If he threw at Chipper that is the least of his problems right now. So why not just say I threw at him because they were too comfortable.

No, I've never watched him pitch. You can do that?

Actually, I didn't intend to pick a fight and don't really care if he intended to or not, but your argument reads like a piece from the non sequitur handbook.

"He is as easy to read as anyone. I have seen him throw at guys a number of times and he always hits them in the thigh."

"I have seen him..a number of times...and he always". Moving on.

"As far as the because my aim sucks. That is just silly."

It's silly to presume that sometimes Z misses his spots? Really? He's not exactly Maddux. Missed hit-batters are called brushbacks or inside pitches. No one admits to missing a batter...that's hyperbole, I suppose someone might.

"Zambrano even says in his interview that when he has tried he has succeeded. So he admits to throwing at people."

No kidding, it doesn't surprise me in the least that he's thrown at people, nor that he'd admit it. It's like the old "No, I didn't fart...you'll know it when I fart"...I just admitted that I do fart sometimes, which proves that I didn't fart this time. I pull that one all the time.

That's irrelevant, what's relevant is that he is in extreme ass-covering mode and everyone in baseball thinks that throwing at Chipper was a classless move. Hitting a batter is accepted sometimes (no problem admitting past actions) but this time is perceived as wrong, THEN he pulled another unacceptable Z-move...THAT is why he's denying it.

If he threw at Chipper that is the least of his problems right now. So why not just say I threw at him because they were too comfortable.

Because he's a fucking idiot? A fucking idiot whom I love...but still.

Unfortunately, I love the guy, too. Does the "Joe" username carry some kind of recessive Z-love trait?

A very big part of me will miss him when he's gone. And, this time, I think he's gone for good. (sigh)

same...only i'm not a joe.

for as much as he's run his mouth, he's also quietly done his job. i don't have to work with the guy 200+ days a year, though. he's old enough he should be over some of his tantrums...and he's thrown a lot in the same place around the same people.

when he no longer was the 97mph throwing Z he learned to be effective throwing 88-90...and now he's managed to get his fastball in the 90-93 area pretty consistently. he obviously isn't just sitting around collecting a check even if he's not the same pitcher he was when he actually earned his kind of pay.

his fire just burns a bit too combustible.

13 quality starts out of 24 is not quite what I'd hope for, for paying $16 million.

Word. I don't think he's an asshole...just immature/feisty/whatever. Seems like a really good guy who does stupid shit because he cares too much.

One of my best memories is of him running balls lose to stretch a double into a triple in spring training...then falling over because his feet couldn't keep up with his upper-body. That dude just loves to play and loves to win.

I'm not defending him, he has to accept the consequences of his actions, but NOT caring is not one of his shortcomings.

"The owner of the Chicago Cubs says the Boise, Idaho, ballpark that serves as home to the organization's Class-A team is cramped, outdated and not up to the standards of minor league facilities across the nation."

See, there is consistency between our minor league program and the major league team. They are preparing Cub farm hands for the Wrigley experience.

http://news.yahoo.com/cubs-owner-pans-boises-...

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  • so...

    anyone else ready for the all-star break? =p

    it's been a tough past couple weeks...except that reds series. i miss playing the reds. that was cool.

    crunch 6 hours 37 min ago view
  • To take my mind of this latest disaster...wow, I thought baseball money was crazy, but NBA money is now super-wacko crazy. Joakim Noah is 31 with bad knees and absolutely no offensive game. He can't make a layup. The Knicks just agreed to pay him $72M over 4 years. Holy crap.

    billybucks 7 hours 33 min ago view
  • "if"?

    billybucks 7 hours 37 min ago view
  • Thank you, Jason, for allowing me to get to bed at a decent hour. Very thoughtful.

    It will be very interesting to see what Theo does at the deadline. Of course, if Jake doesn't get straightened out, it really doesn't matter. A lot of Jake's comments this year, and his posing for nudie pics in the ESPN magazine, rang some alarm bells -- after one great year (and it was amazingly great), his head has swelled tremendously. Jake, look up the word "hubris", then look in the mirror.

    billybucks 7 hours 37 min ago view
  • ...and we're back from the 3rd rain delay.

    crunch 7 hours 38 min ago view
  • at least the cubs have a decent backup of...ummmm....well the minor league system has...uhhh...hmmm.

    maybe adam warren can manage to throw less than 100 pitches in 5 innings? no?

    well damn.

    crunch 7 hours 46 min ago view
  • Not to worry -- I'm sure Hammel will finish strong in the 2nd half of the season (~sad chuckle, reaches for Scotch bottle~).

    billybucks 7 hours 52 min ago view
  • Hammel has had a rather challenging last month. I am hoping post-break that Hendrix gets pushed ahead of him. They'll be lucky to win a game in NY

    The E-Man 8 hours 11 min ago view
  • hey, alright...cubs losing by 9 and a 3rd rain delay. awesome.

    crunch 8 hours 21 min ago view
  • If baseball does not work out for Patton, I think he's got a future in Civil War re-enactments. He's got a solid Johnny-Reb look to him.

    Eric S 8 hours 25 min ago view
  • David Ross - the mound awaits you.

    Eric S 8 hours 33 min ago view
  • RIP jason hammel's awesome ERA.

    10 ER in 4ip...almost a full point tacked on tonight, alone. 5HR given up tonight. oogly.

    crunch 8 hours 36 min ago view
  • Nimmo certainly does not want to see the Cubs leave town. His first MLB rbi last night and now his first HR.

    At least Hammel is eating some innings ... this is the kind of game Peralta should be used if at all.

    Eric S 8 hours 44 min ago view
  • OK, the hell with it.

    It's July 1 -- Hammel starting to suck right on schedule.

    Other than sweeping the Reds -- a bad team actively trying to lose -- this will make 8 losses in 9 games to good teams (Cards, Marlins, Mets). Not good at all.

    billybucks 8 hours 48 min ago view
  • Belicheat a consultant for the Red Sox?

    Eric S 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • And, so, Jason Hammel decides to test my new resolution right away. Sheesh.

    No Wright, no Duda, no Granderson -- no problem for NY. Ugh.

    billybucks 9 hours 15 min ago view