Former Cub Zambrano eyes return to big leagues

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Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano said he thinks that he can overcome his age, his reputation and a long major league absence to make it back to the big leagues.

”Why not?” Zambrano said Monday from Marlins Park, where the Cubs are playing this week. ”Bartolo [Colon] pitched until he was 45. I’m 37.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Zambrano showed off an email from the independent Chicago Dogs that welcomed him to this season’s team. The Dogs play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, and their season starts May 17.

Carlos Zambrano says he had “an encounter with God” that brought him back to baseball.

— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) April 16, 2019

Zambrano hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2012. From 2003 to ’08, however, he won double-digit games each season, leading the league with 16 in 2006. He has a career 3.66 ERA with 1,637 strikeouts.

But he also got into a fistfight in the dugout with catcher Michael Barrett in 2007. In 2009, he got into a heated argument with an umpire and beat up a Gatorade dispenser, earning a six-game suspension.

These weren’t his only outbursts,

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