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  1. Carlos Zambrano is officially retired and “life is good”

    Sep 5, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Carlos Zambrano is hanging out at Wrigley Field today and told reporters he’s done trying to make a comeback, officially calling it quits at age 33.

  2. Carlos Zambrano is sorry

    Jan 28, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano got into a big brawl down in a Venezuela winter league game on Saturday. Now he’s sorry: Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized — in an ad in the El Nacional newspaper — for his role in a brawl during Venezuela’s winter series final . . . Zambrano asked for forgiveness from Venezuelans…

  3. Pablo Sandoval exited Venezuelan Winter League game with an injury

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    pablo sandoval getty giants

    CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval came up lame running out a grounder in the eighth inning of a Venezuelan Winter League game last night. Baggarly writes that it appears to be a “minor” injury, fortunately. He is back in the lineup tonight. A recent report indicated that Sandoval…

  4. Carlos Zambrano throws haymakers in Venezuela Winter League finals

    Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    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…

  5. Carlos Zambrano is on the comeback trail again

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano, whose comeback attempt with the Phillies ended when he was released from Triple-A in July, is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League in the hopes of making another run at the big leagues in 2014. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Zambrano feels healthy now after blaming shoulder problems on…

  6. Carlos Zambrano wants to pitch next year

    Sep 11, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Weird year for Carlos Zambrano. He started the season trying to impress teams pitching in the WBC. Then he signed with the Long Island Ducks. Then he was signed by the Phillies and pitched seven games in their system. But that’s all he’d do before being released.  But he’s not done yet, he says: He…

  7. Answering your Twitter Questions

    May 16, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Don Draper

    Q: What did you think of Hideki Matsui’s postseason performance? Would you like to have a player like Matsui on your team? I love the oldies. Q: Went to watch the M’s at Yankees stadium last night and tonight. National Anthem pre-recorded both nights, is this a thing? I wish it were more of one. How…

  8. Great Moments in Good Clubhouse Guys

    May 16, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

    zambrano getty

    This hadn’t occurred to me, but my HBT colleague Bill Baer notes something amiss with the Phillies’ season plan over at Crashburn Alley: Michael Young‘s signing was accompanied by talk about building a better clubhouse, but then the team goes out and gets Delmon Young and now Carlos Zambrano. Who, for all of their charms,…

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 16, 2013, 6:31 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners 12, Yankees 2: This one was over almost before it started, with Phil Hughes getting knocked around for seven runs in the first inning, which he did not escape. Raul Ibanez hit two homers and drove in six off his old team. Which, I imagine, will cause some columnist who has been lauding Brian…

  10. “Ridiculously premature” no more: Phillies sign Carlos Zambrano

    May 15, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Over the weekend there was a report from the Dominican Republic that the Phillies had signed Carlos Zambrano. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied the report, calling it “ridiculously premature.” And today the Phillies announced that they’ve signed Zambrano to a minor-league contract. So yeah, next time Amaro calls something “ridiculously premature” that’s just code…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 13, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Wrap

    What you missed while you were beating on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, while watching 23 straight showings of a most silly and inappropriate film adaptation: They imposed a No Mo Zone in Kansas City Roy Halladay apologized The Marlins should apologize Just when you thought you were rid of Chris Carpenter Just…

  12. The Phillies did not sign Carlos Zambrano

    May 11, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Reports from the Dominican Republic earlier had reported that free agent Carlos Zambrano had been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies, but those reports have been squashed. GM Ruben Amaro called the reports “ridiculously premature” per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. Amaro had indicated recently that he was searching for pitching help from outside of the organization…

  13. Carlos Zambrano signs with the Long Island Ducks

    May 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Beware, Gatorade coolers of the Atlantic League: In case you missed it, Carlos Zambrano has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. #Cubs — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 8, 2013   Zambrano joins quite a famous assemblage of toasted talent on the Ducks roster, as Dontrelle Willis and Vlad Guerrero are already…

  14. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000’s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  15. Why Carlos Zambrano is still a free agent

    Mar 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    You can probably guess why Carlos Zambrano is still a free agent, but here’s the official word, via Nick Cafardo: But his reputation as a bad guy in the clubhouse, coupled with his downward-trending performance, have kept teams away. “You’ve got to be up for what he brings,” said an NL GM. “Not saying the…

  16. Wrigley Field renovations? Cubs economics? Don’t worry: Rick Reilly’s got this

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Wrigley Field renovation news. Per the Chicago Tribune, people who live near Wrigley Field want the city and the Rickettseseses to slow down on renovation plans. The Ricketteseses, meanwhile, say stuff has to get moving now or else they will not be able to plan to turn dirt come October as planned. And the rooftop…

  17. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  18. Puerto Rico defeats Venezuela, clinches second round berth

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Puerto Rico v Venezuela

    In World Baseball Classic Pool C action, Puerto Rico emerged victorious over Venezuela 6-3. Starters Carlos Zambrano for Venezuela and Nelson Figueroa for Puerto Rico matched, each allowing two runs in their respective 3.2 and 4-inning outings. Venezuela got on the board first, scoring two in the bottom of the third inning. With one out,…

  19. Carlos Zambrano is trying to impress scouts at the WBC

    Mar 6, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Carlos Zambrano is pitching for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and tossed two scoreless innings in his first appearance yesterday against his team last year, the Marlins. It was just a pre-tournament tuneup game for Venezuela, but could have been a more important game for Zambrano because at this point in his career he…

  20. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  21. Phil Hughes may not be ready for the start of the season

    Feb 27, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty

    Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his upper back early last week and hasn’t made a whole lot of progress in the days since. Which prompted manager Joe Girardi to tell Byran Hoch of MLB.com this afternoon that “it’s possible” Hughes won’t be on the active roster when the 2013…

  22. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  23. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  24. The Cubs would eat $26 million of the $36 million owed Alfonso Soriano

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Cubs ate a lot of Carlos Zambrano‘s contract when he went to the Marlins just to be rid of him and they are willing to do the same thing with Alfonso Soriano, reports Jon Heyman: specifically, $26 million of the $36 million Soriano is owed over the next two seasons. The catch: you gotta…

  25. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

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