Carlos Zambrano  

  • Carlos went 0-for-22 to start his career as a hitter. His first hit was a double against the Brewers in September of 2002.
  • Jason Bay of the Pirates is Carlos’s nemesis. He hit two homers and drove in eight runs against him in a 2003 game. Carlos hasn't fogotten He has Bay's baseball card taped to his locker.
  • Carlos is a switch-hitter. He hit home runs from both sides of the plate in 2003.
  • When Carlos played in the NL All-Star team in 2004, he became the youngest Cub pitcher ever to hold that distinction.
  • Carlos took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Brewers in 2004. Geoff Jenkins broke it up with a one-out bloop double.
  • Carlos finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2004.
  • Carlos was the first player born in the 1980s to play for the Cubs.
  • Carlos and Greg Maddux are the only Cub starters to work 200 innings and allow fewer than 10 home runs since1950.
  • Before he signed with the Cubs, Carlos attended Unidad Educativa Creacion school, in Puerto Cabello.
  • Carlos wanted number 33 when he was promoted to the Cubs, but Bill Mueller already wore that jersey. He switched to number 38.
  • Dusty Baker nicknamed Carlos Cacique, which means chief. Cacique is also the name of a rum. This bothered Carlos, so Baker called him his horse instead.
  • Carlos talks to himself on the mound, drawing comparisons to Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.



Jason Bay, 2002 Topps Heritage

Dusty Baker, 1975 SSPC


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