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Re: Mo press conference - Chris Carpenter out

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:12 AM

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Carpenter met with the media this morning. He says he is not ready to retire. I summarized it briefly and included career highlights and photos here.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:16 PM

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That presser was painful to watch.  It was obvious Carp is in a bad place right now.  Hopefully his family will give him a lot of love and support, and he will get some medical resolution one way or the other.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:07 PM

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crdswmn wrote: That presser was painful to watch.  It was obvious Carp is in a bad place right now.  Hopefully his family will give him a lot of love and support, and he will get some medical resolution one way or the other.
I so agree. That was hard to watch. It was very obvious the disappointment this guy feels.No one wants to be on the field more than this guy as we saw last year.The most important thing now is that he gets that arm healthy for his future life in or out of baseball. Good luck Carp!

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Posted: 2/22/2013 3:45 PM

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The Cards moved Carp to the 60-day DL today. I discuss the implications here (free article).
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Posted: 2/22/2013 4:11 PM

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crdswmn wrote: That presser was painful to watch.  It was obvious Carp is in a bad place right now.  Hopefully his family will give him a lot of love and support, and he will get some medical resolution one way or the other.

I wonder if Carp is going to be one of those guys whose end-of-career is also painful to watch. The guy is so incredibly competitive that he wants to stay with it. But sometimes guys like that hang on too long and it's tough watching.

Steve Carlton shuffled around to two or three teams at the end thinking he could still contribute when he was done. Willie Mays in his last year was painful to watch.

Tough call for any player and you can't blame them for hanging on as long as possible, but once the body can't keep up with the spirit, then it can be hard to watch.
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Posted: 3/18/2013 10:46 AM

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Last week, when Mike Matheny disclosed that Adam Wainwright will be starting opening day, I asked him if Chris Carpenter would be there. Matheny said he did not know, but made it clear that Carp is always welcome.

Turns out Carpenter just arrived in camp this morning.
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Posted: 3/18/2013 2:17 PM

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ESPN article on Carpenter.
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Posted: 3/18/2013 3:09 PM

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Thanks for the link guys. Good to have Carp in camp.cool

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Posted: 3/18/2013 6:25 PM

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This whole thing with Carp just makes me very sad.  Yes, I know he is being paid a lot of money, but still, to lose the thing you love when you are not expecting it.  And no one can dispute Carp loves pitching.
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Posted: 3/18/2013 6:37 PM

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It's got to be tough to walk away, especially when you are as competitive as Carp is and get as much joy out of being with the guys and the whole clubhouse comraderie as he does.

But he's doing the right thing. Sandy Koufax did something sort of similar a generation ago when he walked away from the game while at his best, as he did not want to suffer permanent damage to his left arm that would make it so he suffered the rest of his life because of it. Koufax went through a lot of pain and anguish after every start his last two seasons though. There is that somewhat famous interview Vin Scully does with him after game 7 of the World Series where he just shut out the Twins and Vin says something like "Sandy, after your perfect game against the Cubs this year when I asked how you felt, you said 'about 100 years old'. How do you feel today?" Koufax responded, "101".

That must have been about the way Carpenter felt at times just getting through the innings he pitched.
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Posted: 5/4/2013 7:52 AM

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Carpenter is trying to make a comeback as a reliever. link
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Posted: 5/4/2013 8:25 AM

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Go Carp Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope he can come back pain free.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 8:52 AM

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As much as I love Carp and want this for him, I am not getting my hopes up.
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Posted: 5/4/2013 8:54 AM

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Great news!
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:10 AM

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wow, this would be amazing!!!  can you imagine all of carp's fire, passion, and grumpiness directed at the opposition in just one inning!!!

I know it's a long shot, but man, I love the idea of carp working being around the kids in the pen, and bringing out their grumpy side!!!
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:21 AM

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crdswmn wrote: As much as I love Carp and want this for him, I am not getting my hopes up.
If nothing else, it is good timing to create hope for the beleaguered pen...
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Posted: 5/4/2013 10:06 AM

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My fear is that Carp is setting himself up for some big time major league disappointment.....if he has notions of somehow earning himself a spot in this team's heralded pen.
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Posted: 5/4/2013 4:20 PM

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Domeboys wrote: Carpenter is trying to make a comeback as a reliever. link
I certainly would not bet against him. I only hope he doesn't do more damage to his arm but Carp is a grown man so it is his decision to make. This is great news as long as he does not get shelled b/c his fire will rub off and i also think pitchers have the stuff a little tighter with Carp around. Nothing against MM or Lilliquist but this team has lost major leadership in the last two years. Pujols, Larussa, Duncan, Berkman and Carpenter all gone and there is a void in that area IMO. He can only help.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 8:03 PM

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Fire does not necessarily equal leadership.
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Domeboys wrote: Carpenter is trying to make a comeback as a reliever. link
I certainly would not bet against him. I only hope he doesn't do more damage to his arm but Carp is a grown man so it is his decision to make. This is great news as long as he does not get shelled b/c his fire will rub off and i also think pitchers have the stuff a little tighter with Carp around. Nothing against MM or Lilliquist but this team has lost major leadership in the last two years. Pujols, Larussa, Duncan, Berkman and Carpenter all gone and there is a void in that area IMO. He can only help.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 8:09 PM

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Jmodene you have to admit Carp would be great with the younger pitchers on the team.
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