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MLBPA files grievance against Cubs on Big Z’s behalf

Aug 18, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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From Carrie Muskat of comes word that the Major League Baseball Players Association field a grievance against the Cubs this evening on behalf of right-handed starter Carlos Zambrano.

Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list and docked 30 days of pay after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the Braves last Saturday. He’s already apologized publicly for his actions, and is hoping that the Cubs will lighten the punishment originally levied against him.

If the team-issued 30-game suspension holds up, Zambrano could lose a total of $3 million in salary.

The MLBPA is not expecting an immediate ruling, as the length of the grievance process can vary.

Zambrano, 30, had registered a 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 101/56 K/BB ratio through 145 2/3 innings for the fifth-place Cubs. He is under contract in 2012 at $18M and carries a $19.25M vesting option for 2013.

  1. jg1970 - Aug 18, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Cubs fans would like to file a grievance against Carlos!

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Aug 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM

      Trust me. We agree with you.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Zambrano is proof that when the Devil made the world, he created too few kinds of smart and too many kinds of stupid.

  3. cackalackyank - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Ask yourself this question MLBPA…….is this trip necessary?

  4. mornelithe - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Kind of ridiculous to be filing a grievance over something the player clearly did wrong. The Cubs have every right to be peaved with him. It’s a team sport, and he walked out on his team. Pretty disgraceful really.

    I understand he had a bad game, but c’mon, didn’t CC give up just as many runs on the same night, and he toughed it out?

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      I work for a school district- believe me, unions spend most of their time representing people that don’t deserve it, that’s why most people see them in a bad light. Let’s discard personal responsibility and replace it with a sense of entitlement.

  5. havlicekstoletheball - Aug 19, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Wanna know a good deal of what’s wrong with baseball in particular, and sports in general? Try walking off another job after you did something stupid or botched a part of a construction project… telling the boss you “retire”. You would be done for good, that day.

    But in BASEBALL, we have a union who files a grievance on behalf of the idiot player who pulls that stunt (how many is that for him?) when the club ownership suspends him for a month.

    Poor Zambrano will somehow have to continue to put food in his children’s mouths on the mere $15.25 million that is left over after his pay is docked. Until next year. When he is still guaranteed $18 million.

    But after that, perhaps he can file for unemployment in Illinois. I am betting that they don’t pay the $346,000 a week that he is used to.

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