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The Cubs have as long a history as just about any team in baseball, which is good because when you're trying to come up with the best pitchers in franchise history, you need the extra years. Consider that Larry Corcoran is fourth all time in Cubs history with 175 wins. The guy was 5-foot-3 and earned a lot of those wins before South Dakota or Washington were states. Wild Bill Hutchinson? An actual contemporary of Wild Bill Hickok. Guy Bush, Clark Griffith and the list of old guys goes on and on, uninterrupted by names like Les Lancaster, Mike Harkey and Rich Hill.

And now perhaps without Carlos Zambrano, the Windy City's newest setup man. So is this the end of Zambrano's days as a promising pitcher or just a bump in the road?

ESPN Chicago's Melissa Isaacson writes it's a gamble that better pay off.

brewerfan54

I find it hard to believe that getting 1 ining 3-4 times a week is better for the Cubs than him getting 5-7 innings twice a week. This sounds like a terrible idea but one thing is for sure, Lou isn't afraid to tinker with things when something isn't working.

-- Brewerfan54
dworms21

Going to the Bullpen is not a punishment, it's not like they are benching the guy. I think this is a great move, and he is the perfect man for the middle reliever spot. He is big, intimidating, and throws heat. At the end of a game, batters are not ready for high 90's pitches coming at them as well as good movement. I think Zambrano is going to enjoy this spot and not want to leave because he will get to pitch every other game if not every single game.

-- DWORMS21
breeze20

I'm not real sure what I feel about this. On one hand he is no where near our best pitcher for the last half of the season of last. On the other hand he is our spark, our flavor, our identity. I can name every player on the Cubs roster down to their Low A team with stats, but that is because I am a die hard fan to the fullest. However, if you took any person off the street that was not a Cubs fan I could guarentee they might be able to name two, maybe three of our pitchers. I could almost say with certainty that Zambrano would be the first name out of their mouths, with Lilly and maybe Dempster.

-- breeze20

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As befitting a profession in which one must hurl a ball at ludicrous speeds toward gentlemen who could potentially send it hurtling back at even more ludicrous speeds, pitchers in major league baseball can be a bit emotional.

Witness Roger Clemens throwing a bat at Mike Piazza, or Carlos Zambrano destroying a water cooler, or Francisco Rodriguez pointing to the sky after a big strikeout. Or, if you want a more recent example, consider that of Matt "Big Game" Garza.

Garza has seen Evan Longoria's tower buzzed before, so when Joba Chamberlain threw at the talented third baseman, Garza felt he had to respond. Down went Mark Teixeira in the next inning, and both benches were warned. Significantly, Garza admitted to throwing at Teixeira on purpose, which is either refreshing or dumb, depending on your temperament and affiliation.

Beanball wars aren't a new thing in baseball, but they're usually couched in some semblance of denial ("My hand slipped"/"It just got away from me"/"I was distracted by a wave of ennui"). Garza's straightforwardness may be bold or dumb, but one thing is for certain: it'll cost him some spending money.

jasonbye

Overall, I love the affect this has on the AL East. We need to see more blood boiling rivalry.

-- jasonbye
rex_aau_coach

IT IS NOT COOL TO THROW AT SOMEONE'S DOME PIECE...

-- rex_aau_coach
yankeejoe225

What a baby. If you he was going to throw in retaliation, he had ample opportunity to hit Jeter at the top of the inning. That pitch barely grazed Teixeira. If that was retaliation, perhaps that is the reason that the Rays are floundering in third place and look hapless, much like last night.

-- yankeejoe225

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