Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano has apologized for his part of instigating a brawl during the Venezuela Winter League championship series.
Zambrano threw two punches in the brawl, neither of which found a body. He told El Nacional newspaper that he was sorry for the “very embarrassing incident.”
The 32-year-old Zambrano rushed onto the field after his Navegantes del Magallanes teammate got hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Both benches emptied as a result.
Zambrano last pitched at the major league level in 2012 with the Miami Marlins going 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 132 1/3 innings of work.
Known for his temper on the mound, Zambrano was suspended by the Chicago Cubs for the final 30 games of 2010 after getting into a shouting match with teammate Derrek Lee. In 2007 Zambrano and Cubs catcher Michael Barrett got into a scuffle in the dugout which resulted in then manager Loe Pinella dismissing both players for the rest of the game.