6/25 Zambrano suspended indefinitely

Carlos Zambrano was suspended indefinitely after throwing a tantrum in the dugout, apparently upset over his teammates’ lack of effort on defensive plays behind him.

“His conduct was not acceptable,” GM Jim Hendry said. “His actions toward his teammates and staff were not acceptable. He will not be at the ballpark [Saturday]. We’ll play with 24 [players]. … From my point of view, we’ll play with 24 before we tolerate that kind of behavior.”

Hendry said there’s no timetable for the suspension because both Major League Baseball and the Players Association have to investigate the incident. Zambrano will not be at U.S. Celluar Field on Saturday for the second game of the Interleague series. When a player is suspended, the team is not allowed to replace that player on the 25-man roster during the pending investigation.

“It was unacceptable behavior is what it was,” Lou Piniella said. “He was upset that some of our players didn’t dive for those balls. A few of those balls were hit really hard and one of those balls was in the seats with two strikes.

“Regardless, he was ranting and raving and out of control,” Piniella said. “We just couldn’t tolerate that. We told him to go back in [to the clubhouse].”

Before exiting, Zambrano threw a cooler and some cups, drawing cheers from the fans who could see into the Cubs dugout. Piniella told Zambrano to go home and Hendry talked to the pitcher on the phone, not face to face. The conversation was short and Zambrano did not apologize for his behavior.

“There wasn’t time for apologies,” Hendry said.

– Carrie Muskat

9 Comments

The cubs should trade away Zambrano for any one and use that money for next year free agency…..Also trade away Fukodome he is not worth his money he dont know how to hit lefthanded pitchers and trading him the could give the opportunity to play to Colvin and Nady….Soriano is having a nice season compared with last year and i know he can get hot but Fukodome as months go by he hits less

How long can the Cub’s continue to enable these high paid, over contracted players. Hendry acts as this has never happened before. It always happens sooner or later.

I was also surprised when Brenley commented at least Z was showing some emotion. Emotion? It’s mental illness. Not a will to compete, yadda, yadda, yadda. What’s worse, look at Z’s overall Cubs record. It is nothing special. Not 100 million dollars special. Time to clean house, starting with Hendry.

BIG Z SHOW SOME EMOTION THAT WAWS THE BEST THING ABOUT TODAY GAME AND TO SAY THAT HIM CALL OUT HIS TEAMMATE IS WRONG AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATE BY THE TEAM MANAGEMENT IS WRONG TO ME BUT THEY WILL TOLERATE SELFISH AND HALF HEART PLAY FROM LEE AND RAMIREZ THEY HAVE MADE A DIVING TRY OR STOP IN ONE GAME I HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR AND I HAVE SEEN ALL BUT THREE GAME ON PAY CABLE I MEAN 180.OODOLLAR OF PAYED TV THE TWO :C:OF THIS TEAM HAVE NOT PLAY TEAM BALL ALL SEASON IT WAS TIME SOMEONE TOLD THEM SO BECAUSE LOU AND HENDRYWANT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUSPENDEDWHEN THEY TALK BACK TO THE HITTING COACH BUT THEY SUSPENDED Z FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST HIS TEAMMATE FOR LACK OF EFFORT THERE IS SOMETHING REAL WRONG IN MANAGEMENT

Good grief, what a mess this team is. We can all do as much finger pointing at whoever we like to blame at the time of any given “incident” whether the players manager or GM. Regardless this team is screaming for change. There is no doubt about that in addition to Zambrano’s behavior Pinella’s and Hendry’s performance is just as intolerable. Please Ricketts, throw us a bone for the rest of the season and bring in a new GM. If the Ricketts are “stuck” with Zambrano, Soriano and Fukodome due to the feeble job of Hendry then at least see how they “behave” (perform) under new leadership OTHER THAN HENDRY. Now is the time to cut bait

If I were the Chicago Cubs catcher…….I would walk right up to that spoiled,ugly,*******…and cave his face in with a straight right to the bridge of his greasy,fat nose…….f#@kn’ idiot…..ZapAttack

It’s about time someone blows a gasket over this bush league play by a highly paid, highly costing (in terms of ticket prices) team. The Cubs needed a fire, but they didn’t need The Man to suppress that fire. Not one of the players really manned up to say “hey, maybe Big Z is on to something. We’ve been playing like crap all season and it stops HERE.” Nope, not going to happen. I got a feeling this would have been a spot where a guy like Reed Johnson could energize the team to step up and battle. I just hope the young kids like Colvin, Cashner, and Castro don’t suffer in the long run because of the current environment. The season is over, time to turnover much of the team including management. Aside from the kids, there are no sacred cows now. Everyone should be on notice.

Don’t suspend Big Z. Suspend Piniella. Not just for today, but for all around poor management of his team this season. …
Doesn’t he remember what it was like to have passion and run on the field when he was angry and throw his hat and kick the dirt?
No he doesn’t and that might be why his players don’t have any fire in them.
More players need to have fire like Big Z. They need to control the fire better, but at least have some.
And why do we have so Castro, Baker, Fontenot, Theriot all fighting for shortstop and 2nd base, when the problem areas are 1st and 3rd? Lee and Ramirez need to have someone on the bench that is trying to take their jobs, so they will either play better, or sit on the bench.
I’ll still be a Cubs fan until the day I die, but I want to see a team that plays with emotion. Win or lose, show some emotion.

Ok, I will be a Cubs fan til the day I die- I bleed Cubby Blue. However, how many YEARS now has it been that the fans have wanted to get rid of Jimmy Hendry? He does not effectively manage the team’s finances or gauge their talent properly. Big Z, Fukadome, Soriano- they all need to keep themselves in check. They are getting paid CRAZY money to get injured and have cold bats. That’s unacceptable and they should be replaced until they can step up.

This wasn’t Big Z’s first outburst and unless something changes, it won’t be his last. I don’t think its Lou’s fault at all. He has actually changed his mannerisms to be more professional and keep this the MLB, not the WWE. He is showing his team class and passion by being professional and not having irrational behavior outbursts that shouldn’t be tolerated. It was not D-Lee that gave up 4 runs in one inning…

@Roman- Your caps lock is on. Do you really think that the hitting coach is doing superb? How many games can the Cubs win with only 1-2 runs scored? They had every right to yell at the hitting coach. Until he proves that he can really make a difference, I would be on him like white on rice. And Big Z didn’t just “speak out”- he was irrational and took out his anger on one of the most kind hearted players.

Bottom line- AGAIN- Get rid of Hendry. I want to see more W flags blowing.

This team has been a tremendous disappointment the past couple of years and there is plenty of blame to go around. First and foremost, heads should roll from the top. This team needs leadership, and as much as I was a Lou fan in the beginning, his passion for the game is obviously gone. What made Lou a great player and consequently a great manager was his fire and passion. He seems completely lifeless in the dugout. All he does these days is sit in his high chair and shakes his head. This team can probably take the life out of anyone. And Hendry? When there was an oil spill in the Gulf this year someone had to take the blame and it wasn’t the workers on the rig, it was the CEO. This team has obviously had a lot of short comings and the blame starts at the top. It’s time to bring in someone new. Here is a thought for the new owners. How about trying to bring in Billy Beane. Beane is a numbers guy and I am assuming that Rickett is a numbers guy himself. Let’s see how much success Beane can have if we actually give him a payroll and large market team. His formula has obviously worked well for the Red Sox. How about bringing up Sandburg to replace Piniella? Sandburg is showing the fire and passion that Lou had 20 years ago and I don’t think we need to wait till next year for this plan of action. The time is now! This team needs new leadership and it starts from the top.

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