Chris Carpenter is expected to reture at the end of the season according a report in the Boston Globe.
Oct 4, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) waves to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
This news should not come as any bit of a surprise after Carpenter missed the entire season. Granted he tried to make a comeback through rehab but it just wasn’t meant to be.
According to the report in the Boston Globe, Carpenter will retire.
"Chris Carpenter’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said the righthander will retire and “may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization. Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries. I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth one and it was too many. He had a great career, a great human being.”"
Carpenter will be remembered by Cardinals fans for his 2005 Cy Young Award-winning season as well as his heroics during the 2006 and 2011 postseasons.
Carpenter threw out the first pitch during the NLDS on October 4th–possibly as a way of having the fans honor him for his performance as a member of the Cardinals over the years.
I do like the idea of him coming back to work for the Cardinals after the season ends. If it is not as an assistant coach on Mike Matheny‘s staff, I could certainly see the veteran pitcher serving as a special assistant to the general manager. For reasons that I’m sure everyone knows, I just cannot see him transitioning to a broadcasting role.