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Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano spent all but one season with the Chicago Cubs and was a three time All Star who led the National League in Wins in 2006. A versatile Pitcher with a varying array of pitches, Zambrano was also a very good hitting Pitcher who earned the Silver Slugger three times. The Venezuelan retired with a decent record of 132 and 91 with 1,637 Strikeouts and a bWAR of 38.2. He did have a decent career, but it is difficult to envision Zambrano getting past his first year of eligibility.




The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela

Eligible In:
The 2018 Vote

Position:
Pitcher

Played For:
Chicago Cubs
Florida Marlins

Major Accolades and Awards:
3 Time All Star (2004, 2007 & 2008)
Silver Slugger (3) (NL) (2006, 2008 & 2009)
Most Wins (1) (NL) (2006)
World Series Rings (None)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
(NL: 2004, 5th), (NL: 2006, 5th) & (NL: 2007, 5th)
4 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
4 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
1 Top Ten Finish (WHIP)
3 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
4 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
1 Top Ten Finish (Complete Games)
4 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
None

Should Carlos Zambrano be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 11.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 22.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 55.6%

If I Had a Vote in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Election

Strategic voting. What you have to do when you have too many choices and not enough time or opportunities to realize all those choices.

Sounds like voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the last few years, doesn't it?

The good news is that since the Shutout of 2013, when the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) could not muster the 75 percent of the vote necessary to elect any one ballot candidate to the Hall of Fame despite a wealth of candidates from whom to choose (I counted 14), the BBWAA has sent a dozen players to Cooperstown. Based on that trend, and barring any unusual or unforeseen wrinkle, the writers are certain to elect at least one player for 2018.

24. Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano played all of but his final season with the Chicago Cubs, where the Venezuelan was a three-time All-Star who also finished third in Cy Young voting five times.  In the first decade of the 2000s, Zambrano was one of the more dependable hurlers and was the only one in the NL who had at least 13 Wins from 2003 to 2008.  In 2006 he made history as the first Venezuelan to lead the National League in Wins, and he would finish in the top ten in ERA four times.

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