Wednesday, June 15, 2011
You Think You Know Chris Carpenter, Guess Again
Question - How many Chris Carpenter's have pitched in the Major Leagues?
Answer - 3.
1st Carpenter - Chris was spelled "Cris" without the h. He began his career back in 1988 with the St. Louis Cardinals and later pitched for the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, before ending his career in Milwaukee with the Brewers in 1996. In 8 seasons, the relief pitcher had a 27-22 record with a 3.91 ERA in 291 appearance. Nothing spectacular and wouldn't even be getting blog coverage if not for the 2nd Carpenter.
2nd Carpenter - Chris began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997, 1 season after the 1st Carpenter retired. He went onto fame with the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming an All-Star and Cy Young award winner. He's still with the Red Birds and owns a career record of 134-89 with a 3.83 ERA in over 2000 MLB innings.
3rd Carpenter - Chris just made his debut with the Chicago Cubs yesterday striking out 1 batter in two-thirds of an inning.
Now shit gets weird...
2nd and 3rd Carpenter have the same exact name of Christopher John Carpenter. The 1st and 2nd Carpenter were each drafted in the 1st round (Cris- 14th overall, Chris- 15th overall). All 3 were right-handed pitchers.