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UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano suspended indefinitely

Jun 25, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have suspended Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his actions during Friday’s game.

“His conduct was not acceptable,” Cubs general
manager Jim Hendry said. “It has become a bit of a tired act.”

According to Carrie Muskat of, Hendry said, “We’ll play with
24 before we tolerate that behavior.”


Zambrano was sent home by Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who called the whole incident “embarrassing” during a post-game press conference. Speaking of embarrassing, Big Z reportedly jawed at some cameramen on the way out of the stadium, according to Sullivan. Film at 11!

Oh, and just a reminder, Zambrano is in the third year of a five-year, $91.5 million contract. Fun.

5:05 PM: Today’s starter Carlos Zambrano went nuts during the first inning of today’s Cubs-White
Sox game, after which he was removed from the game by Lou Piniella and asked to
leave the ballpark.

The details: The first batter he faced was
Juan Pierre, who doubled down the first base line. Zambrano then gave up
another double, a single and a three-run home run to Carlos Quentin,
and ended the inning behind 4-0.  Once he got back to the dugout he got
up in Derrek Lee’s face, obviously jawing at him over his failure to
field Pierre’s hit before it made it down the line.

And he might have had a point. I’m not watching the game, but those
who are say that the ball was probably playable for Lee.  But if
Zambrano had any moral high ground on that point he lost it the second
he decided to yell at rather than talk to Lee, and then when he decided
to smash the Gatorade cooler and throw water on the field.  That was
enough for Piniella, obviously, who replaced Zambrano with Tom
Gorzelanny. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this one after the game.

Just another day at the ballpark for Big Z.  Just another summer of
dealing with a freakin’ head case for the Chicago Cubs. 

  1. The Beer Baron - Jun 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Technically Lee could have made a play, but he was playing in against Pierre for the bunt. Really unfair to expect him to make that play. Plus that was the lead-off hitter…certainly can’t blame Lee for the subsequent double, single, and 3-run homer.
    Piniella implied in his post game press conference that something is going to happen – he said he’ll let Jim Hendry (GM) say what it is, but sounds like they’ve already agreed on a suspension. Last year they suspended Milton Bradley for 10 games – I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same if not more here.

  2. Desty220 - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    I have to disagree. Pierre’s was a hard hit ball and Lee was playing for the bunt. I don’t think he had a chance to field it. Regardless, neither Lee, nor Ramirez, nor Fontenot threw a 3 run homer to Quentin. Zambrano’s a headcase – always has been and always will be. They should never have signed him to that deal. But what do I know, I’m a White Sox fan.

  3. nps6724 - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Even if he could’ve made a play, obviously it wasn’t a “sure thing” type of play. And since Zambrano gave up another double, a single, and a 3-run bomb, he really doesn’t have room to talk.

  4. Anon - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Bob Brenley thinks it’s “good to see somebody show some emotion.” Way to take a stand, Bob.

  5. John - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    man…again and again with this guy. quite an expensive headache…sticky situation for cubs management.

  6. Ditto65 - Jun 25, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    So, basically, Wrigley Field is a magnet for crazy.

  7. willmose - Jun 25, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Zambrano hates to lose. With any team other than the Cubs that wouldn’t be a problem. Lee, Piniella and the rest of the Cubbies aren’t even bothering to mail it in. Jim Hendry as GM is the embarrassment, not Carlos. Other teams would try to get their ace back on track. The Cubs with eat $35 million of Zambrano’s contract at a well worn jock strap in return. It is the Hendry way. Hendry is the problem, not Zambrano.

  8. AV - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Zambrano is washed up. He is payed big bucks to perform. There’s no excuse for him to take his frustration out on his teamates. They’re human, nobody’s perfect. It’s beyond time he grew up. I hope the Cubs make him sit out the rest of the year then dump him off on some other team ala Bradley.

  9. Smell the Glove - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Derek Lee’s lips are very easy to read. I’m not in the clubhouse and I don’t follow the Cubs closesly, but judging by that incident, it looked liked Lee was sticking up for his teammates who are probably scared and irritated by Big Z’s antics.
    Bob Brenly’s comment was utter fail.

  10. CYGNUS X-1 - Jun 26, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    since he is under contract and nobody in thier right mind would want this head case in a trade when his suspension is up I would make him the new lauandry boy or some other menial job. he is getting paid a bundle and if he refuses then they should stop paying him. he is an employee right?is there something in the contract that says he only has to pitch to be paid?

  11. BIGBRUCE11047 - Jun 26, 2010 at 2:55 AM

    As far as I’m concerned major league baseball doesn’t need people like Zambrano and Milton Bradley. These people cannot play the game unless everything goes their way. They’re like “cry babies.” The people in the minor leagues who are trying to make it into the majors should be given a chance instead of having “nut cases” like these two. Zambrano should be suspended for the remainder of the season and be made to pay for all the damage he made in the dugout. Paying for the damage shouldn’t be difficult for these “high paid” jerks but the suspension should open their eyes. The Cubs will try to trade Zambrano to another team but who will accept a player like him. He is a good pitcher normally.

  12. Jerry - Jun 26, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    For the kind of money they pay these ballplayers, they should have a clause in their contract that they should be able to pass a mental exam before they set foot on the ballfield!! Baseball surely doesn’t need egotistical boneheads like this one, although many seem to slip thru the cracks solely for their talent. But I would go on to say that this kind of behavior totally washes away whatever talent they have, and would do better at peddling pizzas…..what a loser!! He, and the likes of him, is another reason why I seldom watch MLB. I have more fun watching the grammer school kids play in the neighborhood. 91 Million dollars for a nut case??? Seems like management also needs mental exams!!!!

  13. AV - Jun 26, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    Great idea!

  14. FamousAmos - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Hey Big Z … Go back to Guitar Hero … At least it’ll be the DL instead of a suspension.

  15. vmyers - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    I think Zambrano has a point, even if he expressed it wrong. What I am more worried about is Piniella, Henry, and armchair watchers have decided all the blame is on Zambrano and none on Lee or other Cub players. I was at the game last Saturday and it was sickening to watch. There was several Cub players who looked like they were not in the game at all. We are in the 2nd year of the team not playing as their paychecks and history has shown they should. Last year the problem was Bradley, now it looks like this year is going to be Zambrano. Bradley might have been poison for the clubhouse, but the players should have enough pride to get above that. I am not seeing pride played on the field. Swinging for the fences instead of swinging for a hit is not pride. I hope the new owners can see whats going on and deal with Henry and Piniella so maybe the club can start giving 100% on the field. Bring more players up, they will give 100%. Don’t sit the old starters for 1 or 2 games, sit them for as long as it takes for them to hustle on the field all the time. And if one that has been benched for not giving 100% is back in a game and at any point isn’t giving 100%, they should be pulled at that very point. If they don’t respect themselves and the fans enough to give 100% all the time, Piniella and Henry show not worry about respecting them. It looks like more and more of the fans have stopped respecting the way the Cubs have been just showing up for 1 1/2 years now.

  16. AV - Jun 26, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    You are right about the other players, but Zambrano is trying to blame others for his poor performance.
    How would you like it if someone screamed at you because they didn’t like your work? It would feel like you were being assaulted. Yelling never struck out a batter, catch a ball or score a run. Otherwise anyone with a good set of pipes could be great ballplayer.

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