RHP Carlos Zambrano, an inaugural member of the Lansing Lugnuts Hall of Fame, was traded Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs, who sent him to the Miami Marlins for RHP Chris Volstad.
Zambrano played for the Lugnuts in 1999, when he compiled a 13-7 record with 98 strikeouts, 62 walks, a 4.17 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 153.1 innings pitched. The 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner didn’t hit any home runs for the Lugnuts — because he never batted for them. Midwest League teams are allowed to use a designated hitter in games.
After making his major-league debut in August 2001, Zambrano pitched in two more games in the Midwest League. He made two rehab appearances with the Peoria Chiefs, in 2009 and 2011. He didn’t get a decision in either game.
Zambrano in a Nuts Hall of Fame? Sounds like the perfect place for him. Can’t think of too many people nuttier.