9/15 Big Z talks retirement – again

For the second time in as many years, Carlos Zambrano said he plans on retiring at the end of his current contract. Zambrano said the same thing after winning his 100th game June 5, 2009, in Cincinnati, and repeated that message on Wednesday after the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 7-3.

“I want to enjoy this game for the next three years of this contract,” Zambrano said. “Like I’ve said before, I don’t think I will be playing any more after these three years. I will enjoy every moment, every single situation in the big leagues for the next three years. A friend of mine told me, ‘Any time you’re batting, you look excited, you look happy’ than when I’m pitching. I want to mix it up, I want 50-50. When I’m pitching, I want the same joy, the same motivation as when I’m pitching.”

Why is he talking about retirement?

“I told you this will be my last contract,” Zambrano said. “I don’t think I will be playing any more. Life is short. Sometimes you miss things with your family and very important people like my daughter. Sometimes you miss things in life because of baseball that you shouldn’t miss. I want to be there for my daughter when anything happens. Baseball takes a lot of time from us, so I think, depending on what happens in my career, this will be the [last] contract.”

– Carrie Muskat

5 Comments

How about EVERYBODY retires the retirement talk???

I hope Big Z stays a Chicago Cub for the last few years of his contract. He shows passion for the game, and I love watching him play. I hope he invokes his no-trade clause if they thy to trade him during the off-season.

I hope he invokes if at least sticking it to Hendry. I’m cool with Zambrano finishing with the Cubs, we could do worse for a number 3 or 4 starter.

Joey – completely agreee.

But we do need to trade for an ace in the roster if we have ambitions for 2011.

For 2011 we have…

ANOther
Dempster
Zambrano
Gorzellany
Wells / Coleman

Our esteemed and wonderful excuse for a GM needs to move Samardzija and Silva in the off-season, packaging them with Russell, Stevens and Fukupdome to find a pitcher capable of 18+ wins at the front end of the rotation. This way we can keep Archer, Carpenter etc learning where they should be at AAA until they are ready to come up. How many pitchers have we destroyed this year by bring them up before they were ready. Good call Larry! And if Larry was so good for Wells etc last year, what has he done this year…? Aside from the title of highest NL ERA since the break up until last week.

If we don’t go for an ace this winter we will know that we are going to be rebuilding for the next 1-2years, so no need to get a big bat at 1st base and trade ZAmbrano with salary relief.

That way we have got rid of Fukudome, Zambrano and Ramirez and can spend sensible FA money at “today’s” market rates to bolster the kids coming through. Though can Hendry be trusted…?

hustle, you laid it out on the table, that’s exactly what needs to be done. Zambrano being the lesser of all Hendry’s evils would be acceptable to keep in the rotation, ACCEPTABLE at least as he does have an upside simply because he is a PITCHER that has shown some improvement and does not adversley affect the team on a daily basis as is the case with Sorryohno! and Fukupdome (ha!, nice one!) both of which have zero upside (unless Fukupdome is used off the bench as a 4th outfielder which we know is unlikely considering that would make Hendry look even more foolish) and show signs of diminshing skills. Regardless how “good” Dempster has been this year as our “ace” he is not AN ACE. We definatley need a pitcher not just capable of winning the ever elusive 18-20 games but PROBABLE of winning those games. And in order to accomplish what needs to be done Hendry needs to be put on a short leash and scrutinized by somebody calling the shots behind the scenes. I guess the Ricketts are hell bent on not making Hendry look bad so they better have somebody better than Hendry pulling the strings.

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