Talking Points: Anger management doesn't work for Zambrano

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Wonder what happens with a player’s empty locker when he gets disqualified, as did right-hander Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs?

Well, in Zambrano’s situation, Cubs’ pitcher Randy Wells put his guitar and some clothes in the empty spot.

Zambrano went through eight months of anger management training after last season’s dugout confrontation with Derrek Lee and manager Lou Pinella.

Talking Points thinks the Cubs need to ask for their money back.

Anthony Witrado of aol.sportingnews.com summed up in three paragraphs all that needs to be said of disqualified Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano:

“The man who is paid as if he were the ace of the Cubs is now suspended without pay for doing what he’s always done: behaving badly.

“Carlos Zambrano is not an ace. He’s no longer a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, and his throwing at Chipper Jones was inexcusable. But what was worse was the way he quit on the Cubs.

“The Cubs are a mess, and Zambrano is part of the problem. The guy has to go, although at this point it seems nobody wants to deal with the ridiculous antics of a mediocre pitcher.”

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Kudos to the umpiring crew for realizing a mistake and correcting it at last week’s Red Sox-Mariners game.

Ichiro threw a bullet to the plate as Jacoby Ellsbury tagged up from third base. The throw beat the runner and the tag was placed on Ellsbury before he touched the plate. Plate umpire Mark Ripperger looked at catcher Josh Bard’s glove for the ball, but it was in Bard’s bare hand. Ripperger called Ellsbury safe, but the rest of the umpires came to Bard’s defense as they saw him tag Ellsbury with both hands.

It was an obvious out and the call was reversed, leading to the ejection of Red Sox manager Terry Francona.