THE CHICAGO DOGS SIGN FORMER CUBS ALL-STAR PITCHER CARLOS ZAMBRANO
Rosemont, Ill. – The Chicago Dogs announced today former Chicago Cubs All-Star pitcher Carlos Zambrano has signed with the team, making a historic comeback to American baseball.
Carlos Zambrano, 37, comes to the Chicago Dogs having been one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball during his career and one of the best in Chicago Cubs franchise history. Zambrano’s 125 career wins with the Cubs make him 15th in the franchise’s all-time list of career wins and his 1,542 strikeouts are second to only Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins.
From 2003-2007, the right handed pitcher went 77-45 with a 3.30 ERA, pitching at least 200 innings every season and finishing fifth in the National League Cy Young Award voting three times.
Zambrano is the only National League pitcher to win at least 13 games in each year from 2003 to 2008. In September of 2008 the ‘Big Z’ etched his name in Major League Baseball history throwing the only no-hitter ever pitched in a neutral site when the Cubs’ game against the Houston Astros was moved from Houston to Milwaukee’s Miller Park because of Hurricane Ike. It was his only no-hitter of his career and the team’s first since 1972.
“Today is a great day for the Chicago Dogs,” said Chicago Dogs co-owner Shawn Hunter. “Our mission at the Chicago Dogs is to help players reach the Major Leagues and make sure our fans have fun in the process. Carlos has the makings for a spectacular comeback story and we look forward to being a part of it.”
While he is an effective pitcher on the mound, Zambrano is also one of the best hitting pitchers ever, winning three Silver Slugger awards and compiling a lifetime batting average of .238, 71 RBI and a slugging percentage of .388. His 24 home runs are tied for seventh all-time amongst pitchers.
About The Chicago Dogs:
The Chicago Dogs are members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Named after Chicago’s favorite and oldest culinary tradition, the Chicago Dogs’ logo features the colors and stars of the iconic Chicago flag. Home games are played at the state-of-the-art Impact Field located at 9850 Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont, Ill. The team is managed by former Boston Red Sox Manager, Butch Hobson, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Rosemont. Chicago Dogs games welcome fans of all ages for a one-of-a-kind experience where every day is fan appreciation day.
About Impact Field:
Impact Field is a 6,300-seat stadium located in Rosemont at the intersection of Balmoral Avenue and Pearl Street, west of I-294, at 9850 Balmoral Avenue. The ballpark serves as the home of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball minor league team, the Chicago Dogs. Sponsored by Impact Networking, Impact Field offers a variety of different spaces and experiences for visitors including a private club, suites, field-level experience and more.