New Hampshire native and 15-year MLB pitching veteran Chris Carpenter is calling it a career.
The St. Louis Cardinals held a press conference Wednesday announcing a contract extension for manager Mike Matheny and also stated that Carpenter had informed the team that he was retiring.
“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,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. said in the press conference.
Carpenter, 38, missed the entire 2013 season with nerve issues in his throwing shoulder.
A graduate of Trinity High School in Manchester, Carpenter grew up in Raymond and eventually settled in Bedford.
Carpenter will make his annual appearance at Saturday’s Granite State Baseball Dinner at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester. It could be his first public appearance since the retirement announcement.
A first round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 (15th overall), the righthanded Carpenter made his MLB debut with Toronto in 1997 and went on to post a career record of 144-94 with an ERA of 3.76 and 1,697 strikeouts.
Carpenter had most of his success after he was released by Toronto following the 2002 season and signed with St. Louis. He would go on to win the 2005 National League Cy Young Award and 2009 Comeback Player of the Year award.
A three-time all-star and two-time World Series champion, Carpenter battled injuries throughout his career, which often limited him to few appearances for entire seasons at a time.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated that the team would hold discussions with Carpenter about him joining the front office in some capacity.
Carpenter was a strong presence in the St. Louis clubhouse during the World Series loss to Boston this season and his role as a mentor has been lauded as well.
“I do believe there will be an opportunity for him to contribute in some way,” Mozeliak said.