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Reports: Zambrano says he's retiring

Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 11:36 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

After an outing in which he allowed five home runs as part of eight earned runs in 4 1/3 inning -- before getting himself ejected seemingly on purpose -- mercurial Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano has cleaned out his locker, left the clubhouse and told some people he's retiring from baseball (per multiple reporters, including Chicago-Sun Times).

This is not the first time Zambrano has mentioned retirement, but in the past it always seemed like a bit of a joke or his response to questions from reporters. This time around, he left the locker room before anyone even noticed. He reportedly told a Cubs' trainer that he was "retired" and just left with all his belongings (Chicago Tribune via Twitter).

Given that Zambrano is prone to emotional overreactions, it's hard to tell if he's serious or not. Of course, all the reporters in the locker room said manager Mike Quade was incredibly angry and that Zambrano's status is "unclear" even if he tries to return to the Cubs. There is a precedent in place, as general manager Jim Hendry suspended disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley for the last several weeks of the 2009 season before trading him in the offseason.

"We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward," Hendry told Paul Sullivan of the Tribune, when asked about the retirement.

Zambrano, 30, is a three-time All Star and finished fifth in Cy Young voting three times for the Cubs as well. He's 125-80 with a 3.25 ERA in his 11-year career, which has been spent entirely with the Cubs. He has regressed in the past several years, however, save for a few spurts where it appeared he was back to his old self.

Zambrano does have one year and $19 million left on his contract, which also includes a vesting option for 2013. Should he file retirement papers, he'd forfeit it.

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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Reports: Zambrano says he's retiring

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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:55 am
 

Reports: Zambrano says he's retiring

No don't retire.  The city of Chicago and all its fans need you to play for the hapless Cubbies.  Then again, maybe you're tired of the Windy citizens and fans there.  Of course, going out like this you guarantee that no other MLB squad would touch you even if you were a ten foot pole, and what business would ever endorse you to represent them?!  Of course, the millions professional sports has overpaid you should be enough enough for you to live forever the spoiled lifestyle you and your professional cohorts enjoy.  good riddance, Zambo. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:55 am
 

Reports: Zambrano says he's retiring

Well, actually philzfan or whatever....dude is right.  Zambrano is a loser.  There's a name for you, LOSER.  The Cubs DO have a curse, obviously...Bartman? The league should throw his whiny azz out of the league for this BS.  He is quite possibly the biggest a**hole in the history of MLB.  Someone needs to remind him that $19 million is a privilege and that kids watch this stuff and that the average American doesn't give a crap how 'good' he is at baseball.  On top of that he went after Uggla and Chipper before being thrown out and smirking while he left the field.  Zambrano is a world class loser. 




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:54 am
 

Reports: Zambrano says he's retiring

If they fire him (aka release him) they will be responsible for the remaining $$ on his contract. If he retires he forfeits it



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:50 am
 

Reports: Zambrano says he's retiring

"We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward," Hendry , when asked about the retirement.



This comment is scary. Respect HIS wishes?????.........Call a press conference and fire his sorry ass today! Why in the world would ANYONE respect this over-hyped tyrd is beyond me. I bet his teamates can't stand this puke. The Cubs clubhouse will be a happier place without this mental retard.


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