Long time Cardinal ace Chris Carpenter has announced that he is finished retiring batters and frustrating opponents in the playoffs. Carpenter is retiring.
After 5 supposedly “career ending surgries” he is finally ending an incredible career in the majors.
Carpenter had a final win – loss record of 144 – 94, 350 games started, and a grand total of 1697 batters sent back to the dugout on strikes wondering where they had gone wrong.
Even more impressive are his postseason heroics. He finished with a 10-4 record including 3 World Series wins, 7 NLCS wins, and 7 NLDS victories. Carpenter also had 1 complete game shutout in the postseason, which, of course, came against the Phillies in game 5 of the 2011 NLDS.
Now take into account that he was pitching against other number 1 and 2 pitchers. Aces. Not .500 pitchers, and those stats get that much more incredible.
Chris Carpenter played a total of 9 years with the Cardinals, and 6 seasons with the Blue Jays. He will undoubtably be remembered as one of the greatest big game pitchers that baseball has ever seen and will go down in Cardinal history with the likes of Bob Gibson, Dizzy Dean and Bob Forsch.
Carpenter may take up a position as a coach in the Cardinals organization after retirement, which would be great to see him mentor young pitchers like Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller.
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Chris Carpenter, we at the Toast Dispatch salute you.