Trinity graduate Chris Carpenter to retire from major leagues
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the Cardinals this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year, general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Chris Carpenter’s career has officially come to an end, according to St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak.
The team said yesterday that Trinity High graduate and 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner is retiring after missing this past season with a recurring nerve issue in his shoulder.
“We think back to his career and what an amazing one it was,” Mozeliak said. “He was part of so many highlights and I think he really created a culture of higher expectations.”
Carpenter went 95-44 with a 3.07 ERA in nine seasons in St. Louis despite making only seven starts combined between 2007-08 and 2012. His began his career in 1997 with Toronto, signing with the Cardinals after the 2002 season. He missed all of 2003 with an injury and was 144-94 overall. He 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.
Carpenter won 21 games in 2005 and led the league in ERA in 2009, the same year he was named the NL comeback player of the year – after having Tommy John surgery. He’s the franchise career leader with 10 postseason victories, the most memorable his 1-0 win over the Phillies and Roy Halladay in Game 5 of the NL Division Series in 2011.