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The Carlos Zambrano saga in Chicago has come to an end.
The Chicago Cubs have reportedly traded the talented yet volatile pitcher to the Miami Marlins for starter Chris Volstad.
This move should come as no surprise to those faithful to the Windy City’s north-side team, as the pitcher has struggled in every area except alienating himself from his club, his teammates and their fans. In recent years, not only has his play declined significantly (his ERA was an abysmal 4.89 last season); but his behavior has made him a cancer to the organization. Whether it be fights with teammates, or ill-advised comments in the media; the 3-time all-star has found himself at the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The last straw seemed to be last seasons’ melt down in Atlanta. It was at this time where he left the stadium early, saying he was finished with the team. Although his suspension for his actions was lifted in September, he never pitched for the Cubs again.
Just when you thought it was finally over, Brett Favre speculation is back.
Last week, rumors of the grey-haired gunslinger heading to the Texans were squashed by both the team and the quarterback. This week its the Chicago Bears, and Favre may be interested.
There is something that people need to come to grips with: the 42-year-old Favre will NEVER willingly leave the game for good. To his credit, and perhaps to a fault; he loves the game too much. And believe it or not…I think he would be more likely to lead the Bears to the playoffs than anyone on their roster not named Cutler.
I believe it’s time to face the facts: Caleb Hanie is not an NFL-caliber starting quarterback. Against a depleted Chiefs secondary, he threw three interceptions and failed to complete 50 percent of his passes. With Matt Forte out for at least two weeks (and more likely the rest of the regular season), all of the pressure will be on the QB. Hanie has proved with his six interceptions in the past two games, that he cannot handle pressure.
We are right in the middle of an exciting World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers with their 2 aces matching up against each other tonight. But that’s not all that’s happening in the baseball world.
In a time that is supposed to be reserved for the two teams that are still actually playing, many other names are popping up in the headlines. Today. the Philadelphia Phillies declined their options on pitchers Brad Lidge and Roy Oswald, adding marquee names to a thin pitching market. Prince Fielder all but said goodbye to the Brewers in a press conference following their NLCS series loss. People can’t help but speculate about C.C. Sabathia and the uncertainty surrounding the Yankees pitching staff.
But the teams grabbing the most headlines are the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. In a move that has long been speculated, former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein left the Bosox for the Chicago Cubs. If you are questioning why the youngest GM in baseball history would leave his hometown team for the lowly Cubs, there are plenty of reasons.