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St. Louis Cardinals’ Ace Pitcher Chris Carpenter Retires From Major League Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals’ Ace Pitcher Chris Carpenter Retires From Major League Baseball

From MLB.com

After a decade with the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter will retire from the starting rotation, where he served as the team’s ace and the staff’s clubhouse leader for most of his tenure. But the team hopes he will not be leaving the organization.

General manager John Mozeliak, who held a news conference on Wednesday alongside manager Mike Matheny and team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. to announce a three-year contract extension for Matheny, made the announcement.

Mozeliak said the team would have discussions with Carpenter early in the 2014 calendar year about him taking on a new role within the organization.

“I do believe there will be an opportunity for him to contribute in some way,” Mozeliak said.

The 38-year-old right-hander, who won the 2005 National League Cy Young Award and finished third in the voting the following year, made just three appearances in the past two years because of multiple injuries.

“He will always be remembered as one of the great players in Cardinal history, having been a part of and a core piece of and without whom we wouldn’t have been to a lot of these positions of four pennants and two world championships during his tenure here as the leader of the pitching staff,” DeWitt said.

Carpenter, a three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round (15th overall) of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft.

He won 49 games over six seasons with Toronto before he was released in 2002. He signed as a free agent with the Cardinals that December, and reappeared in the big leagues in ’04, when he went 15-5. In each of his full seasons with St. Louis, he won at least 11 games.

But he missed most of the spring last year with shoulder and neck issues that later required thoracic outlet surgery, and announced in February that the injury again would keep him out for the 2013 season.

Carpenter, who was set to be a free agent this winter, kept a role with the club despite never taking the mound this season and helped to mentor ace Adam Wainwright, as well as the rest of the team’s talented young pitching staff.

“His leadership and leading by example I think created what we now see with the Adam Wainwrights of the world and hopefully what we see with these young guys like Michael Wacha and Shelly Miller coming,” Mozeliak said.

Carpenter finishes his career with a 144-94 record and 3.76 ERA, and 10-4 record with a 3.00 ERA in 18 postseason starts.

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’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Stars From The 2011 World Series

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Stars From The 2011 World Series

I couldn’t do this list last Sunday because I wanted to get my ‘Pick The Award Winners’ contest up and going.  Lucky for me, the results of the 2011 World Series are entrenched in my brain.

As we all know, David Freese won the World Series MVP award.  I like the pick, but I do think that there were a few players that were more deserving of that honor.

So, here is my ‘Top Ten Stars From The 2011 World Series’ list.  You may or may not agree with my selections, or the order of them, and that is fine.  But years from now when I think back to this amazing 7-game series, these are the guys that I think that I will remember most.

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Chris Carpenter, Adrian Beltre, Rafael Furcal, Lance Lynn, Alexi Ogando, Jason Motte, and Michael Young.

10 – Ron Washington – I love his animated personality from the dugout.  He would be a fun guy to play for.

9 – Ian Kinsler – I like lead-off hitters and I think he was the best one of the playoffs.  He offers a great blend of contact and power hitting.

8 – Derek Holland – His performance in Game 4 was stellar.  And his impersonation of Harry Caray was pretty good too.

7 – Alan Craig – Great story for such a young player.  He played like a veteran throughout the series and was the best bench player that St. Louis had.

6 – Lance Berkman – It was great to see the old guy get it done so consistently at the plate.  I am older than Berkman, but that beard did not help his cause…

5 – David Freese – He offered us some great heroics – from game-winning home runs to lead saving plays in the field.  It was nice to see a local guy from STL get the home crowd support like he did.

4 – Yadier Molina – I knew that he was good, but few catchers stand out anymore.  He is among the best at his position and I have a new respect for him as a player.  Arguably the best catcher in the game today!!

3 – Albert Pujols – It is a shame that Pujols’ 3-HR game has been overshadowed.  But this is a team sport, and on the night of Game 3, Pujols propelled his team to victory single-handidly.

2 – Mike Napoli – Talk about consistent, he was the team’s best hitter and defender through the entire series.  And that throw to third to nab Holliday was uber-impressive – from his knees!!!

1 – Nelson Cruz – Cruz instantly became a star during the post-season.  And his home run tear puts him in an elite class.  It goes to show that anyone has the chance to shine on this stage, and his home run barrage will live on as one of the greatest offensive World Series performances of  all-time!!!

And there you have it, my recollection of the best World Series match-up that I have seen in a very long time.  Filled with solid pitching, great offense, and drama, 2011’s World Series was an instant classic!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Guys I’d Like To See Throw A No-Hitter’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Guys I’d Like To See Throw A No-Hitter’

As you probably know, I watch a lot of baseball.  I would say that 4-5 nights a week, I am tuned into a game, or two if possible.

My team of choice is the Florida Marlins, but I also watch a lot of Rays baseball as well as anything aired by ESPN, especially on Sunday night.

And now with three no-hitters already under our belts for the 2011 season, I thought it would be fun to tell you the ten guys I would really like to see toss a ‘No-No’.

First let me say that Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, and Matt Garza are not on the list.  I’ve already seen them make baseball history so I know what that looks like.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention – Tim Hudson, Shawn Marcum, and Felix Hernandez.

10 – Chris Carpenter

9 – James Shields

8 – Cole Hamels

7 – CC Sabathia

6 – Cliff Lee

5 – Josh Johnson

4 – David Price

3 – Clayton Kershaw

2 – Josh Beckett

1 – Tim Lincecum

And there you have it.  Did I miss anyone that you would have added to the list??

Let me hear it!!

Tearing Into A Pack Of 1990 Donruss – Pack 2

I received 4 packs of 1990 Donruss in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #2

Greg Briley, Chris Carpenter, Ed Whiston, Mike Fitzgerald, Dave West, Mike Scioscia, Alejandro Pena, Paul Molitor, Dwight Smith, Danny Tartabull, Tim Leary, Howard Johnson, Norm Charlton,  Eric Hetzel, Gary Thurman, and a Diamond King Checklist.

I was thrilled to see a Dwight Smith card hiding in this pack.  It’s been a long time since his successful debut with the Cubs in 1989!!!

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