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Carlos Zambrano throws haymakers in Venezuela Winter League finals

Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 AM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

Carlos Zambrano has had a lot of new starts in recent years. After his final meltdown as a Chicago Cub he said he was going to have a fresh, mellow new start as a Marlin. Then he said he had a new outlook when Philly signed him. He gave interviews in the fall about how he’s older and more mature now and all of that.

Guess we’re still waiting.

Last night in a Venezuela Winter League game he led the charge out of the dugout during a benches-clearing brawl after this teammate was plunked in the ribs. Watch the video here of Big Z throwing haymakers. He’s in vintage Zambrano form:

  1. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    “It looks like Yeiper Castillo is trying to hit Carlos Zambrano! And why not? Everybody else in the league does.”

    • thomas844 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      “It looks like Zambrano is carrying his left a little low. This could hurt him in the later rounds.”

  2. Tim OShenko - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Technically, he only managed to throw one punch, and it was so slow and far from making contact that I have trouble believing he was actually aiming for anyone. He did wind up for a second pitch, but then just stood there while his teammates held him back. Typical baseball fight, really, nothing to see here.

    • jayquintana - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Yep. I bought the headline hype, though. Sigh…

  3. jtoose - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Carlos looks good, like he’s in mid season form!!

  4. apkyletexas - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Watch right at the 1:53-1:54 mark – a dude comes running by and punches big Z right across the face.

    • dondada10 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Good catch, #4 definitely cheap shots Zambrano. It’s not easy to see because apparently the Venezuela Winter League is filmed on a old Blackberry.

      • mikhelb - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        The guy with the #4 is called Niuman Romero, the thirdbaseman of Caribes de Anzoátegui. Picture quality is really bad on that video but it is broadcasted by DirecTV with a very good pic quality.

  5. paperlions - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    There is so much awesomeness here.

    1) V falling mid-attempted punch.
    2) The fact that everything is covered in advertisements for malta, even the backs of every player’s jersey.
    3) The fact that the Venezuelan league might have side-line reporters.
    4) That a guy got plunked because a pitcher on his team doesn’t “play the game the right way”.
    5) Zambranao saying the Spanish equivalent of “Hold me back bro!”
    6) The announcer sounds like the Venezuelan equivalent of Joe Buck.

    • mikhelb - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Sideline reporters in caribbean baseball is the norm. So are the advertisements, which there are more or less the same as in A-AA-AAA baseball in the US (advertisments in the uniform of MLB players will be the norm in a few years, there will be tests with a new ad placing tech maybe this season or the next).

      Eliezer Carrera was plunked because he squared to bunt with the game 6-1 after his teammate had hit a homerun.

      As far as I’ve heard the venezuelan announcers (20-30 games per season), unlike Joe Buck, they do know about baseball and are pretty good if you happen to understand what they’re saying.

      • paperlions - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        It was the fact that the ads were for Malta that cracked me up, not the adds themselves.

        The Joe Buck reference was just to the repeated comments denouncing what Zambrano did, which is appropriate, but which reminded me of Buck, who can’t pass up any chance to moralize.

        Of course the side-line reporter thing is the norm there, and I am sure they are super hot women…just like all of the “actresses” on Venezuelan soap operas and all of the “reporters” on their news shows.

        It was just fantastic to see so many elements of a culture wrapped up together. I’m sure the same thing is present in US broadcasts, but being inured to it, I can’t appreciate it.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I couldn’t really tell what was going on.

    It is nice to know that my parents’ RCA Video Camera that they used to film Christmas in 1985 is still being put to good use though.

  7. sawxalicious - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Zambrano always was and always will be, his own worst enemy. A lot of talent wasted by the inability to control his emotions like a normal grown-up.

  8. cackalackyank - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Yep he has really cleaned up his act.

  9. pisano - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Z would be kicked out of an anger management class, somethings/people never change, and Z is at the front of the list.

  10. missingdiz - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Bad enough to lead with a right anyway (unless you’re left-handed). But that’s his pitching hand. Carlos needs to watch Bull Durham, Kevin Costner will set him straight.

  11. frank35sox - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I love that he didn’t even swing on his second “punch,” but still knocks the dude on his ass. Hahaha. Watch again.

  12. rrsm53 - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    all i want to say is he is a TOOL! Good luck to the Phillies if they signed this idiot i give him a month before he has a melt down.

  13. sfchamps2010 - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Best part is when he takes a swing at a dude with an ice pack on his shoulder!! Instant Classic!

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