Chris Carpenter Retires After 17-Year Major League Career

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 5, 2017

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After dealing with various injuries over the past two seasons, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has decided to retire from baseball.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the news of the decision:

The 38-year-old veteran missed the entire 2013 season due to issues throughout his upper body. The year before, he made only three starts in the regular season before helping the Cardinals reach the National League Championship Series.

While his body could not hold up toward the end, Carpenter still completed an incredible career with both St. Louis and the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 17 years in the majors, the pitcher amassed a 144-94 career record with a 3.76 ERA. Those numbers are even more impressive when only counting the nine seasons with the Cardinals, when he managed to go 95-44 with a 3.07 ERA.

His best performance came in 2005 when he was named the NL Cy Young Award winner with a 21-5 record and a 2.83 ERA. He finished in the top three of the voting two more times in his career, including in 2009 when he led the league with a 2.24 ERA.

When healthy, he was known as one of the best innings eaters in baseball, topping 220 in four different seasons. This includes his last full year in 2011, when he led the National League with 237.1 innings pitched.

These types of performances are what allowed him to be the ace of the St. Louis staff for many years, helping the team to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with family after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip
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Unfortunately, injuries continued to derail his career. Since coming up in 1997, he had five seasons in which he made fewer than five starts. Who knows how many wins he could have accumulated if he had been able to stay healthy.

Still, Carpenter has seen a great deal of success and is ready to move on to the next chapter of his career. Goold previously reported that the pitcher had considered taking a front-office role with the team. 

No matter what he chooses to do, you can be certain that he will find success in any field.


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