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Chris Carpenter put on a batting practice show in Fenway

Oct 23, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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This is fun. From Joe Strauss’ latest, talking about New England native Chris Carpenter‘s return to Fenway park:

There’s enough tug here for the sidelined former Cy Young Award winner to ask Matheny if he could participate in batting practice. (Carpenter only bunted during pregame work with the Jays.) Permission granted, Carpenter drove five balls over the Monster, each to his teammates’ loud approval. “It felt great,” Carpenter said as batting practice ended.

Fun, yes. But it’s also worth remembering the next time you hear a story about a player impressing everyone in batting practice before a game. If a DL’d pitcher can put on a BP show, a lot of guys can. They’re big leaguers, after all.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Good point. Chris Carpenter is also one of the most awkward hitters in MLB, even for pitchers, and he constantly maintains he cannot hit. But while his style is woeful, he did make himself a much better hitter in the last couple of years in St. Louis.

    And his power is generated almost exclusively from his legs, as he employs a short, stagnate upper body stroke, simply trying to get the barrel to the ball. So while this is mostly all fun and games, some hitters, particularly those who reside in Atlanta, should perhaps take notice.

    • blacksables - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      How dare you provide accurate observational analysis without the use of any numbers to disprove your theory!

      • paperlions - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Except, of course. He didn’t have a theory, he made an observation ” he did make himself a much better hitter in the last couple of years” and then made more observations, none of which demonstrate the veracity of the first observation. If he wanted to actually demonstrate that his thesis (not a theory) was correct, he would actually have to put forth a different kind of observation casually referred to as stats in order to show that the thesis was correct (or not).

      • blacksables - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Once again, all you do is make a comment about someone’s else’s comment without actually providing any actual insight to baseball. This just proves to me that you don’t really know anything about the game at all.

        You just complain about what other people say and pretend it’s baseball knowledge.

        You also don’t have any understanding or comprehension of sarcasm.

        But I’ll give you a chance. Show us what you know about baseball:

        explain why Pete Kozma should start over Daniel Descalso, or vice versa?

        Without using statistics.

      • blacksables - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Your silence is deafening.

      • Reflex - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        Why would you make such a case without using statistics to back it up? That would be silly.

        And what about Paperlions post was inaccurate?

  2. cohnjusack - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Come back as an outfielder! You wouldn’t be the first Cardinals pitcher to do it!

    • spudchukar - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Made me laugh. But the Cards outfield defense is bad enough already. But damn I am going to miss his presence.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        And I sure hope his presence is around for many years to come Spud.
        He seems to have embraced his current role. It would be wonderful if that were to continue…even in a limited capacity.

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