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Ozzie Guillen vows to keep Carlos Zambrano under control

Feb 22, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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As soon as Carlos Zambrano was shipped to Miami everyone wanted to know how baseball’s most combustible pitcher would get along with baseball’s most combustible manager in Ozzie Guillen.

Guillen spoke on that yesterday. He opined that perhaps the reason Zambrano had issues with the Cubs is because the Cubs let him have issues. And, for his part, he vowed to not let that happen:

“Maybe it’s not his fault,’’ Guillen said. “Maybe it’s somebody’s fault. Maybe they let that tiger leave the cage and couldn’t bring him back. That tiger is not going to leave the cage. I guarantee you he is not leaving the cage. I guarantee you that. As soon as he tries to open the cage, I’ll be waiting for his ass.’’

That should be fun to watch.

In all seriousness, though, it probably won’t take Guillen bringing the hammer down on Zambrano to keep the guy in line. Given how little the Marlins are paying of Zambrano’s salary, he has to realize that if he messes up they’ll simply release him.  And if they do that, it’s likely the end of his major league career.

  1. mirmz - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I’d like to see Guillen manage Kenny fucking Powers.

  2. Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    An electric shock collar would work well.

  3. kandh2004 - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I love every spring there is a story like this about Zambrano it’s almost getting like BSOHL stories

  4. El Bravo - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I may have to root for this team a bit even though they’re in my team’s division. Just good entertainment all around with a sprinkle of baseball mixed in.

    • Old Gator - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Just default on them for 18 games a year. It won’t be as hard as you think.

      Nyuknyuknyuknyuk…..

  5. blueintown - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    The calming influence of Ozzie Guillen should do wonders for Zambrano’s short temper….wait, what?

    • Old Gator - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Bill Dana couldn’t get away with this routine because it wasn’t politically correct, but Slobbering Ozzie can? Well hell then, let’s go for it. My nane, Ozzie Guillane…

  6. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Popcorn. Check.

    Antennae tuned for irony. Check.

    Keyboard equipped with sarcasm and cynicism fonts. Check.

    Okay. Let the games begin.

  7. diehardcubbiefan4life - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    LOL GOOD LUCK OZZIE.

  8. 84cubs - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    PREDICTION: Zambrano wins 15 games for the Marlins. You heard it here first.

    • blueintown - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      …and last.

  9. stex52 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Quis costodiet ipsos custodes??

    The ancient Romans clearly had Ozzie in mind. (Who will guard the selfsame guardians?)

  10. stex52 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes??

    The ancient Romans clearly had Ozzie in mind. (Who will guard the selfsame guardians?)

    • stex52 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Sorry, tried to correct a spelling while transmitting.

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