Chris Carpenter addressed the media today after making the trip to Jupiter as he transitions to a front office role that has yet to be defined. Carpenter’s stay in Spring Training will be for two weeks.
Mar 12, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter signs autographs before the spring training action against the New York Mets at Tradition Stadium. Image Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
The 2005 Cy Young Award winner has come to peace with his retirement as an active baseball player. Wednesday’s media session marked one of the first times that Carpenter has spoken since the team held a press conference to announce the retirement.
"“I’m at peace with this stage and where I’m at,” Carpenter said Wednesday at the Cardinals’ spring training complex. “It’s weird. But I don’t feel uneasy. I don’t feel like I should be out there doing it. I don’t miss it. … I don’t have that desire to go out and put a uniform on and try to get guys out.”"
Carpenter talked as if he didn’t mind if he had a coaching role.
"“I want him to tell me. He’s the boss,” Carpenter said. “Tell me what I need to do and what you want me to do. … I just don’t want to be that charity guy. If I have something to offer that they want, that they need, I’m here for that and I always will be.”"
Mike Matheny is already a fan of having Carpenter’s presence felt in the clubhouse.
No matter what position Carpenter is officially designated as, it will be a benefit to the Cardinals organization as a whole.