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Chris Carpenter “will retire” this offseason

Oct 13, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo’s always-information-packed Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe:

Chris Carpenter’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said the righthander will retire and “may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization. Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries. I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth and it was too many. He had a great career, a great human being.”

Carpenter, 38, will finish his 15-year major league career with a 3.76 ERA (116 ERA+) in 2,219 1/3 innings. A fiery competitor, he won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 and earned World Series rings in both 2006 and 2011. He can also pick up another one this year if the Cardinals advance past the Dodgers in the NLCS and beat the winner of the ALCS.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said this weekend that the door is open for Carpenter to take on a role in the St. Louis front office. Carpenter has not spoken publicly about his retirement plans.

The native of Manchester, New Hampshire made a total of $98,592,956 in his big league career.

  1. virusgvr - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Only 98 million huh? Well sh*t…. What is he going to do when he runs out of money?

    • rythestunner - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      In the grand scheme of things, 98 million is not really that much for total career earnings in this day and age, especially for a pitcher of Carpenter’s caliber.

      • rythestunner - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        I don’t know why people are thumbs-downing the truth.

        Zack Greinke, who has a similar career ERA to Carpenter and a similar AL-NL time split, is in the midst of a $147M contract, and that’s just ONE contract. That’s $50M more than Carpenter made in his entire career, which started in 1997 (compared to Greinke in 2004)

    • chumthumper - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      That’s what the front office gig is for: to help him out until Social Security kicks in.

  2. spudchukar - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Wish they could find a place for him as a coach. He has a presence that is unmatched in the clubhouse.

    • fearlessleader - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Agreed. Of course, I always want to keep ALL my favorite retired Cardinals in the family, but Carp has clearly been a mentor to the young guys this year, and given that the pitching pipeline in the organization doesn’t seem likely to stop producing new arms anytime soon, I can’t imagine a better person to teach them what’s what.

      Sad that his career was cut short against his will, but happy that he packed so many successes, and so many thrills for the fans, into the years he had.

    • danwilliamsmlb - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      We have assistant hitting coaches, why not assistant pitching coach? He wouldn’t be able to sit in the dugout during games, but he would still be around the staff. When a guy who learned from Dave Duncan has the tools to mentor and coach, I think you have to keep him involved on the field.

  3. jre80 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Agreed on all comments. Carp needs to be in stl dugout with all these young arms they have

  4. stlunatik - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Front office?! How about pitching coach for crying out loud. who do you think gets those guys going down there.

    • forsch31 - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Because the Cardinals already have a very good pitching coach in Derek Lilliquest. The man does not get enough credit for the job he’s done.

  5. okwhitefalcon - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    The greatest (and meanest son of a bitch) Cards pitcher since Bob Gibson.

    It probably won’t ever get officially retired but nobody will wear 29 for a long time.

  6. junglerat524 - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    What’s he gonna say to his kid? Im just sure Cueto is responsible for this.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Hurts huh Rat? I can appreciate that. Hopefully we can meet up next year in Cincinnati so I can buy you a few beers.

  7. ozzies85dinger - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Great news that a terrific pitcher who made a fortune in the game who is willing to share his knowledge, impart his attitude & approach to pitching to others who have made it or are trying to make it to Game. Whatever role works for him & the Cardinals will only benefit Cardinal pitchers in the future.

  8. savior72 - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Thanks Carp for everything you’ve done here. Stick around awhile.

  9. prbprb2 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    The Cards have a great legacy of curve ball pitchers
    Kile -> Carpenter -> Wainright

    I really think Carp is useful to the younger pitchers.

  10. steelers88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I’m no Cardinals fan but Chris Carpenter was one of my favorite MLB pitchers.

  11. materialman80 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, I sure hate to see him go and it was great to have him on our side. I wish him the best.

  12. password1 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    $21,000,000.00 for an 0-2 record the past 2 seasons. ouch…

    • tridecagon - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      A bargain compared to what a certain Mr. Pujols will be making on the back end of his deal…

    • Rebellious Qi - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Can you say injuries?

  13. emykk - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    I hate to see Carp go. I hope he sticks around to teach the new guys a thing or two. Waino has said that he wouldn’t be what he is today without Carpenter, and that’s pretty big praise in my eyes.

  14. metalhead65 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    and as soon as he does walt jocketty will sign him to 2 year 25 million dollar deal to the reds, where washed up ex-cardinals go to collect one last fat pay check.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Lol! Never change Metalhead. Never change.

  15. stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    What a wonderful career. A true Warrior to be sure.

  16. dutchman45 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I am a big Cincinnati Reds fan. Carpenter was a great competitor and gave the Reds fits. Wishing him a long and happy retirement.

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