Carlos Zambrano Snaps Bat After Jordan Lyles Strikeout

Carlos Zambrano was at it again Tuesday night, snapping his bat during a fit at the plate after whiffing on a Jordan Lyles curveball to end the fifth inning of his Chicago Cubs' 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros.

Maybe he was pissed because it was Lyles' first ever major league start in which he happened to dominate seven shutout innings? Perhaps.

This tantrum is the latest in a fairly long line of outbursts during Zambrano's decade-long career. Around this time last season, he was suspended indefinitely by general manager Jim Hendry after going batshit crazy on Derrek Lee in the dugout. Here's a nifty timeline of Big Z's Shenanigans over the years.

Despite being a pitcher by trade, he takes an amazing amount of pride in his hitting. As he should with a .346 average and .538 slugging percentage on the season.

Manager Mike Quade had this to say regarding his star pitcher's behavior:

"I don't like that. He doesn't like that. I'm glad he's OK... I get his frustration, but do something else. I cringe because he can hurt himself. Guys snap all the time, but that's a dangerous one."

Especially when they end up landing on the disabled list.

[Larry Brown Sports]


Anonymous said...

One of these days he's going to end up hurting himself!!