April 21, 2021

Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter has ‘personal motivation’ after rough 2019 (ESPN)

ST. LOUIS — This was not what Matt Carpenter or the St. Louis Cardinals envisioned when he signed a new contract.

Because when the three-time All-Star third baseman wasn’t hurt last season, he wasn’t hitting.

“I certainly was candid with our front office and our coaching staff at the end of the year,” Carpenter said Monday. “I just wanted to apologize. I felt like I’d let them down. I was really hard on myself the way that I played. I was hopeful that they still had faith in me. We had some real good conversations.”

Coming off a career-high 36 home runs in 2018 that made him an MVP candidate, Carpenter signed a $39 million, two-year deal on April 19 that included a no-trade clause.

But he wasn’t able to reverse a slow start. He was hitting .216 with 10 home runs when he was put on the injured list with a lower back strain on July 2. Carpenter was activated on July 11, placed back on the IL after fouling a ball off his foot and was out until early August.

Carpenter finished hitting just .226 with 15 home runs.

Team owner Bill DeWitt Jr. is optimistic about Carpenter returning to form.

“I think and know he wants to bounce back. He’s always been a really hard worker,” DeWitt said at the…

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