Carlos Zambrano: A Careening Chicago Cubs Career in 10 Slides

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Carlos Zambrano: A Careening Chicago Cubs Career in 10 Slides
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As deeply spiritual as he was deeply emotional, Zambrano had complexity that outran explanation.

If Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry has his way, Carlos Zambrano will never pitch again for the Cubs. His final act of sedition, a rather quiet one really, came Friday night in Atlanta, when Zambrano left the team (very briefly) and openly contemplated retirement after a performance as embarrassing as it was frustrating.

Coverage of the decade-long saga of Zambrano and the Cubs has tended to be rather simplistic, while the issue at hand is unflinchingly complex. To say he existed in shades of gray would be a disservice to the man's legacy; Zambrano's career mosaic is a tie-dyed hodge-podge of which the media has too frequently taken stark black-and-white photos.

Few have understood Zambrano, and none have sufficiently explained him. He is and has been an enigma wrapped inside an adventure, but it's not to be overlooked: He also won games for the Cubs, and without him, much of the team's not-insubstantial success over the past 10 seasons would be impossible. Here are 10 notes on one of the most tumultuous tenures in the history of baseball's most tumultuous franchise.

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