Congratulations to Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter who was named the Major League Baseball Players Association Comeback Player of the Year this morning.
Carpenter, who had missed nearly two entire seasons with a wide array of arm troubles, was able to get it all back together this season and, with the exception of a rib cage injury suffered while batting of all things, conjure up his Cy Young form.
Chris Carpenter's 17 wins in 2009 were the second most of his career. He narrowly missed hurling 200 innings for the fourth time. AP photo.
In addition to leading National League starters with a 2.24 ERA, Carpenter racked up 17 wins against only four losses to give him the senior circuits best winning percentage (.810). He gave up 156 hits in 192 2/3 innings pitched and walked only 38 while striking out 144.
It goes without saying that Carpenter's return was vital to the Cardinals division championship. But it was a pleasure to watch him put on a clinic of how to pitch with his excellent command and control, not to mention his fierce competitiveness.
One of my biggest thrills in 2009 was to see Carp, one of my all-time favorite Cardinals back on top. I sure hope his troubles are behind him and that he can pitch for the rest of his contract as well as he did this season.