Thursday, May 9, 2013

Carlos Zambrano signs with Long Island Ducks

Former Cubs pitcher (and notorious lunatic) Carlos Zambrano has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, according to multiple reports.

Zambrano pitched in the majors last year with the Miami Marlins, going 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA. He was a free agent this past offseason, but drew little or no interest from big-league clubs because, well, he's not that good anymore. 

The Atlantic League is like the Land of Misfit Toys. There are a lot of former MLB players hanging around, hoping to get one more shot at The Show.

Left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis and former White Sox catcher Ramon Castro will be among Zambrano's teammates. Other names you might know on the Ducks' roster are Ian Snell, Josh Barfield, and of course, Beltin' Ben Broussard.

Of course, the first player I think of every time the Long Island Ducks are mentioned is Jose Offerman. Who can forget this 2007 on-field assault that resulted in Offerman's arrest?

A couple years after this incident, Offerman was banned for life from the Dominican Winter League for punching an umpire:

OK, so maybe Zambrano isn't so crazy after all. He's a solid citizen in comparison to Jose Offerman. Big Z may have assaulted his catcher and destroyed an innocent Gatorade machine, but at least he hasn't been arrested or banned for life by any league.

1 comment:

  1. Change of plans. Zambrano signs a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.