Re: Hall of Fame worthy? ....
Originally Posted by TRF
He was a bad pitcher his first 6 years, a #4 starter at best. He switches to the NL and poof, he's superman.
I'm sorry, but has a pitcher ever had that much exposure in one league, been completely mediocre and then followed it up in another league where he is mystically transformed into a superhuman pitcher?
The story behind that is kind of interesting. When Carpenter came to St. Louis, Duncan noticed something that he was shocked wasn't fixed in Toronto. He moved Carpenter from the 3rd base side of the rubber to the 1st base side because it allowed his sinker/running fastball type pitch to run on the inside corner instead of sitting out over the plate. That one simple fix is a huge reason why he had success in St. Louis. Again, Dave Duncan deserves to be put in the HOF for his work with pitchers.
EDIT: Duncan always thought Carpenter had amazing stuff but he was mismanaged in Toronto.
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Last edited by MikeThierry; 02-06-2013 at 03:17 PM.