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Carlos Zambrano’s apology tour is unlikely to be successful

Aug 16, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

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Carlos Zambrano may be going on an apology tour, but according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, it’s going to be unsuccessful.

Wittenmyer takes the pulse of the Cubs’ front office and clubhouse and believes strongly that Zambrano has thrown his last pitch as a Cub. He calls Zambrano’s interview with part of “an image-fixing publicity tour of handpicked media outlets,” and says that it’s against the advice of Zambrano’s agent.  He also notes that neither Jim Hendry nor Mike Quade are impressed with it.  He believes that no matter what happens with Big Z’s grievance, the Cubs will keep him away from the team for the rest of the season and that they’ll continue to try to trade him in the winter.

Of course Zambrano is virtually untradeable, and certainly without the Cubs paying all or nearly all of his 2012 salary.  And when that dawns on the Cubs, it’s not hard to imagine them simply releasing the guy, because it means more or less the same to them.

So yes, we’ve seen the Zambrano contrition parade in the past. But it seems like we’re about to see a brand new outcome.

  1. mojosmagic - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    He can start his apology by giving back all the money he has stolen from the Cubs and go from there.

    • Alex K - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      After he gives back his salary are you going to?

      It’s so easy to spend other peoples money!

    • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      I was unaware Carlos Zambrano had taken money from the Cubs that the organization had not contractually agreed to give him.

  2. bravesman1983 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    If they would actually be willing to release him outright, they could surely take on 90% of next year’s salary and find somebody willing to take a cheap flier on him. At least then you get something — albeit something marginal, at best — out of the guy.

    It also seems to me that if they end up taking such a big hit in getting this guy out of their sight, the Cubs will not be able to do the same with Soriano. Not this offseason, anyway, especially if they’re still going to attempt to make a splash in the free agent 1B market.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    He should claim to be possessed by the demon Pazuzu and have a televised event where a young priest and an old priest attempt to expel it.

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      And how much would you spend on Pay-Per-View just to watch him throw up on two priests?

  4. mojosmagic - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Didn’t he retire forfeiting his salary or are you to stupid to read between theasanteandnnamdianddominiqueasanteandnnamdianddominique lens?

  5. willcoop - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Agree that the Cubs are responsible for his shitty contract, considering Jim Hendry gave it to him. The Cubs have this thing where they fall in love with a name and not the future potential for disaster. Think Pujols is coming to Chicago, a step down not only in talent but in facilities. Zambrano will probably pitch again for the Cubs because he has something on Hendry and Ricketts. Did Carlos maybe catch them prancing around in womens undies in the wee hours of the morning? Why can’t they just cut their losses, nobody is going to take him. His value is lower than the dow jones. There is no way he can come back in that locker room and expect to have anyone look at him as a competitor. He did the absolute worst thing you could do to your teammates…….he quit on them.

  6. birdsnblues - Aug 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    I hate the Cubs and love the way they ALWAYS screw up their team

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