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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Yankees sign infielder Matt Carpenter

The New York Yankees announced on Thursday that they have signed three-time All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter to a Major League contract and added him to the active roster.

Carpenter, 36, has batted .262 (1,153-for-4,403) with 752R, 301 doubles, 28 triples, 155HR, 576RBI, 699BB and 27SB in 1,329 games over parts of 11 Major League seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals (2011-21). The left-handed hitter has appeared defensively at third base (671G/623GS), first base (333G/254GS), second base (246G/229GS), right field (19G/11GS) and left field (7G/3GS) in his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2022 at 04:15 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2022 at 10:17 PM (#6078602)
Gonna guess he hits .300/.340/.480 with 10 home runs in 250 PA and earns some MVP votes.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: May 26, 2022 at 11:23 PM (#6078618)
IF I WERE A CARPENTER, AND I WAS A YANKEE

If I were a Carpenter
And I was a Yankee,
Would you love me anyway?
Would you make me DH?

If a glove were my trade
Would you still find me,
Allowing me the plays I made,
Followin' behind me.

Save my AB through loneliness,
Save my AB for sorrow,
I'm given you my DH AB,
Come give me tomorrow.

If I worked my hand at bat,
Would you still play me?
Answer me, Aaron, "Yes I would,
I'll put you above Hicks."
If I were a Millar
with an old memory grinding,
Would you miss your 2003 HR,
And your soft shoe dancing?

If I were a Carpenter
And I was a Yankee,
Would you love me anyway?
Would you make me DH?
Would you love anyway?
Would you make me DH?
   3. Addie Joss Posted: May 26, 2022 at 11:55 PM (#6078627)
I can hear Bobby Darin's voice in the background.
   4. baxter Posted: May 27, 2022 at 02:22 AM (#6078633)
tim hardin
   5. The Honorable Ardo Posted: May 27, 2022 at 04:08 AM (#6078636)
Babe Ruth built the house, but it's nice to have a Carpenter on hand for seasonal maintenance.
   6. bjhanke Posted: May 28, 2022 at 05:59 AM (#6078785)
Um. For RoyalsRetro, and for anyone else who thinks that Matt Carpenter can still play, here are Carpenter's batting numbers from 2019 through today:

2019 33 STL NL 129 492 416 59 94 20 2 15 46 6 1 63 129 .226 .334 .392 .726 92 163 3 7 1 5 0 5H/3D
2020 34 STL NL 50 169 140 22 26 6 0 4 24 0 0 23 48 .186 .325 .314 .640 79 44 1 6 0 0 1 5D/3H
2021 35 STL NL 130 249 207 18 35 11 1 3 21 2 0 35 77 .169 .305 .275 .581 63 57 1 6 0 1 1 H43/5D1
2022 36 NYY AL 2 8 5 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 .200 .500 .800 1.300 277 4 0 1 0 0 0 /D

For some reason, BTF won't let me add any headers, so I should add that the entrees .226, .186, .169, and .200 are his batting averages the last four years.

   7. jingoist Posted: May 28, 2022 at 09:41 AM (#6078790)
No doubt he is well past his prime, but he sure was a thorn in the side of his opponents during the mid 2000 teens.
Plus, he made $90M. His family is set for generations to come.
Good on ya, lad
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2022 at 10:20 AM (#6078795)
#6 good point, I'll ratchet my prediction with the Yankees down to .280/.330/.450 with 6 HR and 1 tenth place MVP vote.
   9. bjhanke Posted: May 29, 2022 at 06:51 AM (#6078919)
RoyalsRetro - That's a great response. I still haven't figured out whether your original was meant to be irony or a real prediction, but in either case, good one!
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 31, 2022 at 07:53 PM (#6079271)
Gonna guess he hits .300/.340/.480 with 10 home runs in 250 PA and earns some MVP votes.
It’s early, and asking a lot from The Magic of Pinstripes™️, but Carpenter is off to a slug-heavy 1.185 OPS in his first 4 games with the Yankees.
   11. baxter Posted: June 01, 2022 at 01:24 AM (#6079319)
10 yes, w/ 2 jacks in 4 games. If he maintains that pace the rest of the way, he'll get more than 1 MVP vote.
   12. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: June 01, 2022 at 03:35 PM (#6079381)
Carpenter was a nice fantasy player for a few years there because of the walks and positional flexibility. Zero speed, though.

He's kind of the infielder version of Tommy Pham.
Carpenter: .262/.368/.449, 122 OPS+ in ~1300 games
Pham: .263/.362/.443, 118 OPS+ in ~770 games
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 03, 2022 at 10:17 PM (#6079809)
After another HR (#4) tonight, Carpenter is now at .263/.391/.895 for a 1.286 OPS. Also rumored to be in line for a big W. B. Mason endorsement deal.
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 04:25 PM (#6081394)
With 2 HRs today (so far), Carpenter is hitting .304/.448/1.087, for a 1.535 OPS. Fear the Stache.
   15. . . . . . . Posted: June 12, 2022 at 04:38 PM (#6081396)
The Yankees MLB scouting is really good.

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