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Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:13 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 6:40 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

One day after publicly calling his team an embarrassment and likening them to a Triple-A team, Carlos Zambrano has reportedly cleared the air with teammates, specifically Carlos Marmol. Marmol blew a save in the ninth that would have earned Zambrano the win and Zambrano questioned his pitch selection against Ryan Theriot on the game's tying hit.

Monday, Zambrano told reporters that he apologized to Marmol and that his comments were made in frustration. Marmol accepted the apology and said there were no problems between the two in the first place (MLB.com via Twitter).

Now, let's have all the Zambrano haters please take a deep breath, OK? 

It's not an anger management problem if you're upset that your team has lost six games in a row. That's a matter of being a competitor. He didn't throw things or break anything. He didn't charge a teammate or even have to be held back. He used words. Words that some of his teammates -- and definitely many of the team's fans -- were likely thinking, just not vocalizing. I'd actually be worried if no one on the team was vocalizing anything by this point. The season is slipping away.

And yet there was a column in a prominent Chicago newspaper Monday morning calling for Zambrano to be suspended until he's traded. Basically, the call was for Jim Hendry and the Cubs to give Zambrano the Milton Bradley treatment. I'll again point out that the only thing Zambrano did was say a few words. He didn't even swear. He has now cleared the air with Marmol, and manager Mike Quade didn't even fine Zambrano. Monday, reporters also passed along that Zambrano expressed confidence in the Cubs moving forward, saying "it's not over yet" when asked about the NL Central race.

If someone else -- like a Kerry Wood or Marlon Byrd, for example -- had expressed the same frustrations, I wonder what kind of response it would have elicited. Obviously, there's no way to prove that it would have been different. I just feel like there was a bit of an overreaction because it was Zambrano.

Regardless, the situation should be concluded now, and the Cubs will be forced to deal with the actual problems on the ballclub. There are issues far bigger than one involving a player who just really wants to win.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:29 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

Starblazer you say Ryno would have put him in his place first give me a minute to quit laughing Ryno was a true competitor and he had the same fire Z does yes he would have done it behind closed doors, and there would have been no apology, and it would have been directed to the entire team, and as far as him being the manager I doubt there record would be much better he is not batting fielding or pitching for them, but as for Big Z being classless give me a staff of them.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

What difference does it make when Z goes off at least he has the guts to do it, if the other players had the heart and fire he does maybe they would have a better record, look at his last 3-4 games he pitched his butt off and what happens it gets blown either by an error, a blown save or some other reason, I wish there were more players like Big Z not afraid to speak their minds, and he is doing it without throwing things he is doing it in a mature way and to me that shows leadership something that the Cub players obviously need.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

"Z" is a lot of things, a good teammate is NOT one of them. All of these things that happen when "Z" goes off, are only in games he's pitching in. These things never, ever happen when somebody else starts a game. All he is interested in is himself. He should never use the word "WE". In his world there is only "Z". How pathetic....



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

Oops... wrong thread. Zambrano rules!



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

I may be wrong about this, but I thought I read somewhere else that Harper had gotten drilled by the same pitcher in a previous at-bat, which may haves something to do with him showboating after his HR....



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

No self-respecting Cubs' fan (if there are any left), should have a problem with anyone who voices frustration with this team. Zambrano is a competitor. I'm sure his teammates are frustrated, too.



Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Zambrano apologizes to Marmol, who has no issue

Right and wrong.... Carlos Zambrano was absolutely correct in what he said. Marmol had no business throwing that pitch in that spot. Your closer should be coming in to overpower lesser hitters not get cute with them. Now where he was wrong was calling him out to ther reporters and I know thats out of frustration because he is such a competitor but he probably should have had the talk with Marmol in private.  At this point in his career I don't think he would mind if the Cubs traded him, maybe he could pitch for a contender finally because it looks like he's found a littel groove of late. I know one team that would be interested......and they reside in the Bronx.


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