There has been a lot of players who have made attempts to have a successful comeback at some point in there career, but not all of them actually succeeded in doing so.
Former Chicago Cubs legend Carlos Zambrano last pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies farm system before having a big league role with the Miami Marlins after his fall out with the Cubs. Zambrano is a strong right handed pitcher who has a lot of passion for this game and let’s out that passion almost every time he’s on the mound.
He’s notorious for talking too himself on the mound if he messes up and that tends to rub the umpires the wrong way, so he’s had a couple problems when an umpire hears him and thinks he’s speaking to them.
Not only can the man pitch (well not like he used to be able to), but he has a lot of power in his bat. I remember the Cubs using him as a pinch hitter a couple times and the crowd absolutely loved the idea.
As I mentioned, he later moved on to the Miami Marlins, following former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen but didn’t really play that well. He moved on to the Philadelphia Phillies organization where he landed himself in their farm system.
Now after pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League, Carlos Zambrano is looking to make another comeback next season, according to the Chicago Tribune.
But can Zambrano do it? Can he show everybody that he still has the same abilities he did in his prime years with the Cubs and can bring that same style to their ball club?
He may get picked up by a team during the Winter Meetings, but I’m not quite sure if he’ll pick up a spot in the starting rotation for anybody.
Best case, he gets picked up but will come out of the bullpen. It would be great to see Big Z back in the majors.