Cubs Must Make Zambrano Disappear

Cubs Must Make Zambrano Disappear

Finally, finally, finally, from out of the clear blue, Carlos Zambrano gave his employers cause to admit what has been clear to outsiders for a long time.

Picking his words carefully Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry announced he was suspending Zambrano indefinitely as he summed up the pattern of selfish, childish behavior as "a bit of a tired act.''

Never mind that the language isn't strong enough. The bigger point is the Cubs' organization — at least Hendry and manager Lou Piniella — is ending its coddling of the man-child pitcher, whose once-powerful right arm earned him a separate standard for conduct both before and after he signed a five-year $91.5 million contract extension in 2007, the same season remembered for his vicious assault on teammate Michael Barrett.

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