Brenly: Bringing Zambrano Back Would Send ‘Horrible Message’
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(WSCR) Just three days after Comcast Sports Net studio analyst Todd Hollandsworth blasted Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez on The McNeil and Spiegel Show on 670 The Score, Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly took his turn firing shots on the show by going after Carlos Zambrano.
“All of the explosions always followed personal failures on the part of Zambrano,” Brenly said. “I see no chance that that’s going to change in the future. I said it on the air, the only thing he’s gotten better at in his time in Chicago is being selfish.”
Brenly said you can’t blame the Cubs for allowing the latest Zambrano blow up, but he admitting you could see it coming.
LISTEN: Bob Brenly on The McNeil and Spiegel Show
“I think certainly you could have anticipated some of these Carlos Zambrano problems given his history, and maybe been a little more proactive in trying to get him the help that he needed to get over the hump,” Brenly said. “But ultimately you can’t continue to make excuses for a guy. At some point you expect people to mature and you expect them to learn from their experiences and hopefully not make the same mistakes over and over again and unfortunately that’s just not the case with Carlos.
“Obviously, he has never learned from his mistakes and I think it’s probably time to part ways, and let him be somebody else’s problem,” Brenly said.
And if it isn’t the end of Carlos’ tenure with the Cubs?
“If it isn’t, somebody has a lot of explaining to do to those other 24 guys and that coaching staff in that clubhouse,” he said. “Not that you would be rewarding Carlos, but you would certainly be excusing, and that doesn’t send a good message to those other guys who are showing up everyday in the midst of a horrible season … To forgive a guy who walked out on this bad team, I think would send a horrible message not only to the big league club but to the entire system.”