Reaction to Tuesday’s announcement spread beyond the news conference at Busch Stadium and the fields at Roger Dean Stadium, through social media and the National League Central.
“It’s tough for the Cardinals, but I’m sure they will bounce back,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. As the Cardinals’ general manager, Jocketty signed Carpenter before the 2003 season. “You hate to see this end Chris’ career, if that is what has happened. He was one of my favorite players.”
On Twitter, teammates referred to Carpenter by his jersey number, 29.
“Gonna miss 29 on the mound this year,” closer Jason Motte wrote. “What a competitor, teammate, leader, and friend most of all.”
Mozeliak described Carpenter’s role for the coming season as a mentor. In a way, he’s already started. Carpenter offered young pitchers the chance to spend the winter in St. Louis working out with him, to prepare as he prepares for spring training. Rosenthal responded to the invitation by relocating to St. Louis for the offseason.
He saw what may be some of Carpenter’s last pitches.
But that’s not the last he expects to see of Carpenter.
“We’ll have a lot of guys who can step up. You know you’re going to get that from Wainwright and (Jake) Westbrook,” Rosenthal said. “When Carp’s around, he’s our team leader. He has been in the past. I think he’ll continue to do that regardless of what his role is, whether he’s on the field or not.”