Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano will never be forgotten by Chicago Cubs fans. Though, for awhile, there was time when Zambrano was forgotten by all of Major League Baseball.
There was no question that Zambrano had the makeup of being a quality starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. However, Zambrano’s on the field production would always be an afterthought to his uncontrollable emotions that have caused tensions in both opposing dugouts as well as his own dugout.
2012 marked the first season in which Zambrano was not a a member of the Chicago Cubs. Instead, Zambrano was pitching for the Miami Marlins. In 35 games with the Marlins (20 starts) in 2012, Zambrano posted a record of 7-10 to go along with an ERA of 4.49.
After the 2012 season concluded, Zambrano was a free agent. Despite starting pitchers always being in demand during the off-season, Zambrano went unsigned. At the start of the 2013 season, many questioned whether Zambrano would ever pitch again in the Major Leagues. Reports earlier this month suggested that Zambrano was going to sign with an independent league baseball team.
That deal never materialized. That is because Zambrano has returned to Major League Baseball by signing a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies’ starting pitching has been an area of concern this season, and Zambrano could offer some help after a successful minor league stint.
Nonetheless, when looking at Zambrano, you can’t help but think of what could have been had the pitcher not let his emotions interfere with his pitching.