Chicago Dogs Sign Former Cubs All-Star Pitcher Carlos Zambrano
The Chicago Dogs announced today former Chicago Cubs All-Star pitcher Carlos Zambrano has signed with the team, making a historic comeback to American baseball.
Carlos Zambrano, 37, comes to the Chicago Dogs having been one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball during his career and one of the best in Chicago Cubs franchise history. Zambrano’s 125 career wins with the Cubs make him 15th in the franchise’s all-time list of career wins and his 1,542 strikeouts are second to only Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins.
From 2003-2007, the right handed pitcher went 77-45 with a 3.30 ERA, pitching at least 200 innings every season and finishing fifth in the National League Cy Young Award voting three times.
Zambrano is the only National League pitcher to win at least 13 games in each year from 2003 to 2008. In September of 2008 the ‘Big Z’ etched his name in Major League Baseball history throwing the only no-hitter ever pitched in a neutral site when the Cubs' game against the Houston Astros was moved from Houston to Milwaukee's Miller Park because of Hurricane Ike. It was his only no-hitter of his career and the team's first since 1972.
“Today is a great day for the Chicago Dogs,” said Chicago Dogs co-owner Shawn Hunter. “Our mission at the Chicago Dogs is to help players reach the Major Leagues and make sure our fans have fun in the process. Carlos has the makings for a spectacular comeback story and we look forward to being a part of it.”
While he is an effective pitcher on the mound, Zambrano is also one of the best hitting pitchers ever, winning three Silver Slugger awards and compiling a lifetime batting average of .238, 71 RBI and a slugging percentage of .388. His 24 home runs are tied for seventh all-time amongst pitchers.