Freelance reporter Carrie Muskat reported that Carlos Zambrano has ended his attempt to work his way back on to a big-league roster. The news came out of the Cubs Convention, where El Toro was joined by other Cubs players past and present.
In 2019, Big Z unexpectedly signed with the Chicago Dogs, an independent team in the American Association. His goal was lofty: show he had what it took to return to an MLB bullpen. Zambrano pitched to a 5.16 ERA across 61.0 innings for the Dogs in 2019, with peripherals to match: 1.574 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 for example. While he was legendary in the MLB with his bat, El Toro was only able to muster up three hits (one double) and no walks in 19 AB, good for a .158 batting average.
At the end of the day, Carlos Zambrano gave one hell of an effort to achieve a very lofty goal. Kudos to him for both embarking on the journey, and the gusto to walk away on his terms.