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Carlos Zambrano

Data di nascita: 1. Giugno 1981

Carlos Alberto Zambrano Matos , nicknamed "Big Z" or "El Toro", is a Venezuelan former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball from 2001 to 2012 for the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins. Zambrano, who stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 275 pounds , was signed by the Cubs as a free agent in 1997 and made his debut in 2001. After being used in both starting and relief duties, he enjoyed his first full season as a starter in 2003, finishing with a 13–11 record, 168 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA.

Zambrano is known as one of the best hitting pitchers of recent times. He was a switch-hitter with a career .238 batting average with 24 home runs, 71 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .396. The 24 home runs are the most ever by a Cubs pitcher. He also tied with Ferguson Jenkins for the club record for home runs by a pitcher in a single season, hitting six in 2006. Zambrano was called on to pinch hit 20 times in his career and won a Silver Slugger Award three times for his hitting.Zambrano was the only National League pitcher to win at least 13 games in each year from 2003 to 2008. In 2006, he became the first player from Venezuela to lead the National League in wins.

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„I didn't try to hit him. I just tried to make my pitch and the ball went out of my hand.“

—  Carlos Zambrano
2004, Gano, Rick, St. Louis 5, Chi Cubs 4 http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=240719116, Yahoo! Sports, Retrieved on June 15, 2007

„I feel good. Everything is working. I'm more comfortable, more experienced, I know the league better. I just go out there and have fun.“

—  Carlos Zambrano
2004, Harris, Beth, Chi Cubs 7, LA Dodgers 3 http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=240513119, Yahoo! Sports, Retrieved on June 14, 2007

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„This guy is your ace, you got a 5-0 lead with the eighth and ninth hitters coming up, you feel pretty good about that inning and all of a sudden it turns into a six-run inning.“

—  Carlos Zambrano
2007, Lou Piniella, Author Unknown, Cincinnati 6, Chi Cubs 5 http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=270413116, Yahoo! Sports, Retrieved on June 16, 2007

„I believe this year, I can win the Cy Young, and besides that, we will win the World Series. I guarantee that. I have faith in that.“

—  Carlos Zambrano
2007, Muskat, Carrie, Big Z makes some bold predictions http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070302&content_id=1824086&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc, MLB.com, Retrieved on June 6, 2007.

„I've been on the computer a lot. They say that's the cause of the soreness in my elbow. I'll be in control. I spent four hours. Now, I'll have to spend one hour and take it easy.“

—  Carlos Zambrano
2005, Muskat, Carrie, Notes: Zambrano needs quiet time http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20050522&content_id=1058873&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc, MLB.com, Retrieved on June 15, 2007.

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