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Reports: Carpenter to retire from baseball this offseason

According to multiple reports, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Trinity High School graduate Chris Carpenter will retire after this season.

Carpenter currently sports a 144-94 record in the major leagues, with a 3.76 ERA over 15 seasons. He’s made three All-Star games and won two World Series titles.

His best individual season came in 2005, when he won the National League Cy Young Award with a 21-5 record, 2.83 ERA and 213 strikeouts. That was the start of a successful stretch for Carpenter, as he was third in the Cy Young balloting a year later for the eventual World Series champions, then finished runner-up for the award in 2009. He had several postseason highlights for the Cardinals, going 10-4 in the playoffs, including 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 27 innings in his two World Series appearances.

His career was plagued by injuries, however. A nerve problem in his bicep sidelined him for the 2004 postseason, and he appeared in a combined five games in 2008 and ’09. Injury woes returned to hold him to three appearances last year, and he missed all of this season with shoulder problems.

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