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Carlos Zambrano Biography

Carlos Zambrano Biography Born Name       : Carlos Alberto Zambrano   Born                 : June 1, 1981 (age 30)                      ...

Carlos Zambrano Biography
Born Name       : Carlos Alberto Zambrano 
Born                 : June 1, 1981 (age 30)
                          Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
Debut               : August 20, 2001 for the Chicago Cubs
Team                : Chicago Cubs (2001–2011)
                           Miami Marlins (2012–present)

Carlos Alberto Zambrano (born June 1, 1981) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher with the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. Zambrano, who stands 6' 5" and weighs 260 pounds, was signed by the Cubs as a free agent in 1997 and made his debut in 2001. After being used in both starting and relief duties, he enjoyed his first full season as a starter in 2003, finishing with a 13-11 record, 168 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA.

Zambrano is a switch-hitter and has a career .244 batting average with 23 home runs, 69 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .396. The 23 home runs are the most ever by a Cubs pitcher. He also tied with Ferguson Jenkins for the club record for home runs by a pitcher in a single season, hitting six in 2006. Zambrano has been called on to pinch hit 20 times in his career and has won a Silver Slugger Award three times for his hitting.
Zambrano was the only National League pitcher to have won at least 13 games in each year from 2003–08. In 2006, he became the first player from Venezuela to lead the National League in wins.

Zambrano is noted for his vibrant personality on the mound. He allows his emotions to be evident, always indicating whether he is happy with his performance or not. He is known for having meltdowns both on the field and in the dugout. Zambrano's pitches match this nature, as every pitch in his repertoire has significant movement. His pitches come out of a slinging, three-quarter to low-three-quarter delivery. His main pitch is a hard, moving two-seam fastball that clocks at around 88–91 mph and a four-seam fastball that can reach 94 mph, but usually settles around 89 or 91 mph.[citation needed] He also has a heavy sinker that he throws with a split grip, a pitch that hitters often beat into the ground – an advantage considering Wrigley Field's tall, thick grass.He always makes sure to mix in plenty of sharp-breaking sliders and split-finger fastballs to keep hitters from sitting on his fastball. In addition, Carlos has also developed a changeup that he throws mostly to left-handed batters. His main weakness is a lack of pinpoint control, leading to a tendency to surrender walks. Nevertheless, Zambrano seems to be hurt less by walks than many pitchers, since batters hit many more ground balls than fly balls against him. This can be attributed to the sinking movement of his fastball.

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