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Chris Carpenter retires

Nov 20, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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In addition to the Mike Matheny contract extension, the Cardinals press conference this afternoon spun out another news item: general manager John Mozeliak telling the public that Chris Carpenter has told the team he is retiring.

This is no surprise. Carpenter didn’t pitch at all in 2013 after experiencing continued numbness in his pitching hand, the result of injuries and surgery which never did get quite right for him back in 2012. It was reported last month that Carpenter was likely to retire, and now it’s official.

Carpenter finishes his 15-year major league career with a 144-94 record, a 3.76 ERA (116 ERA+) and 1,697 strikeouts in 2,219 1/3 innings. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 and earned World Series rings in 2006 and 2011.

A plaque is waiting for him in the Hall of Very Good.

  1. ras1tafari - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Thank you for ending on the HOVG note. He’s first ballot.

  2. Marty McKee - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    How is he going to explain this to his son?

  3. materialman80 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    thanks for the memories Chris. The best to you going forward!

  4. metalhead65 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    don’t count him out for good just yet. he has not had his tour on the 1 last time for x-cardinals on the uncle walt train in Cincinnati yet. sometime in the next year or so he will pick up a ball and report no pain after playing catch and jocketty will pick up the phone and offer him a 2 year deal for 30 million or so or whatever the going rate is for washed up ex cardinals.

  5. nsstlfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I see him in the Cards front office before the end of next baseball season

  6. aphillieated - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM


  7. junglerat524 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Hope his son takes the news better than the day Scott Rolen beat his skimpy ass

  8. mick2014 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    CC retired 2 years ago, he’s just been chillin on the bench since 2012-13

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