Carlos Zambrano Celebrity Life
Carlos Alberto Zambrano Matos is a former professional player of baseball from Venezuela. He is called by the nicknames, El Toro and Big Z. He played for MLB from the year 2001 till 2012 for the team of Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs. He was signed by the team of Cubs in the year 1997 as the free agent. He made his debut for the Cubs in the year 2001.
He enjoyed his very first season as a starter in the year 2003 after finishing with a record of 13-11, 3.11 ERA and strikeouts of 168. He is also known as the top hitting pitchers of the time.
Carlos was switch hitter with a career record of .238 batting average along with a total home run of 24, 71 RBIs and slugging of .396%. The home runs numbering to 24 are the maximum which has been ever hit by any pitcher of the Cubs.
He was the one and only pitcher of NL who won a minimum of 13 games every year starting from 2003 till 2008. In the year 2006, Carlos became the first-ever player who leads the NL in wins from Venezuela.
He had 6 pitches. The most used pitch of Carlos was a heavy sinker with a speed of 89-92 mph which was designed for getting ground balls. The next favorite of Carlos was cutter with a speed of 88-91 mph which was followed by a splitter of 80-85 mph speed. He could also throw 4-seam fastball of 90-91 mph, the curveball of 70 mph and slider of 80-82 mph.
Carlos was picked up by the Cubs in the year 2001 and he pitched in the first game for the Cubs on 20th August against the team of Milwaukee Brewers. On 20th September, he received his first win in a big-league after finishing 5th innings against the team of Astros.
He maintained his position in the team of Cubs in 2003 and he started thirty-two games with 13 games and ERA of 3.11 in the 4th spot. On 22nd August 2003, he started against Arizona Diamondbacks. On 27th May 2004, he started the season with a great record by permitting only two hits against the team of Colorado Rockies.
During his 1st 14 season starts, he posted a record of 8-2. In the season of 2006-2007, he was named as an opening day starter of the Cubs. Carlos started off his season of 2008 with a record of 12-4 along with an ERA of 2.76.
He had an average of batting of .350 by September 14. On 7th July 2008, Carlos was one of the 7 players of Chicago Cubs who was selected as the participant of All-Star Game of MLB.
On 5th January 2012, Carlos was traded to the team of Miami Marlins in exchange for Chris Volstad. He played his debut match for the Marlins against Cincinnati Reds where he pitched for 6 innings along with 6 strikeouts in total.
After a start of 0-2, he got his first victory as a Marlin against the team of Astros. On 15th May 2013, he signed a contract of one year with the team of Philadelphia Phillies for the minor league. On 5th September 2014, Carlos announced his official retirement from baseball.
In the year 2018, Carlos got up from his retirement as pitched for the team of Leones de Yucatan of the Mexican League. In that league, he made seven starts by going 2-1 along with ERA of 5.18 right before he was released on 14th August 2018.
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