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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak “would certainly welcome” Chris Carpenter to the club’s front office

Oct 12, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Chris Carpenter AP

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter didn’t pitch in 2013 as he was dealing with nerve issues in his right shoulder. Throughout the process of getting himself back into pitching shape, Carpenter talked like a player who planned to pitch in the Majors again, and he even attempted to get back before the end of the regular season. It wasn’t to be.

Per Derrick Goold, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is thinking about what Carpenter can do for the team if he can’t pitch.

“If he wants to do something with the St. Louis Cardinals, we would certainly welcome that,” general manager John Mozeliak said of Carpenter’s life after pitching. “When the time comes to discuss that my door will be open. I look forward to that conversation. He is someone who is so competitive and so passionate about this game that I don’t know if working in the front office is going to appease that. But we’ll see. Great guy. Wonderful teammate. So, we’ll see.”

If Carpenter is done pitching, he’ll retire with a 144-94 record, a 3.76 ERA and two World Series rings with the Cardinals (2006 and ’11).

  1. 78mu - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Carpenter’s presence would raise the intensity level of the front office to 11.

  2. dogfromduckhunt - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    This would be Terry Tate office linebacker all over again.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Before it gets started, no he’s not a hall o famer. He was just pretty good for a while.

    • 78mu - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      The only way he’s a HoF is if he had produced in the years he was injured the same as he did when he was healthy. But he missed way too many years and his cumulative numbers are not even close. He was better than pretty good when healthy but then so were a lot of guys that will only get into the Hall with a ticket.

      If there was a Hall of Fame for competitive intensity he’d be a charter inductee.

  4. cincinata - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Carpenter is probably not a HOF guy, but we would like to see him in the front office instead of on the mound against Cinti. He chewed up the Reds real good.

  5. finswins - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    F Carpenter and everything he supposedly stands for!

    • 78mu - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      What exactly does he stand for that you have a problem with?

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