JUPITER, Fla. —
Carpenter switched to second base during last spring training and started 128 games as a middle infielder in 2013. He also played 24 games at third.
Known in the clubhouse for his work ethic and daily preparation, it hasn’t taken Carpenter long to take on a leadership role. He’s made an impact not only on the younger Cardinals, but also on the veterans.
“They can’t help but watch,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “OK, how did this guy get on the board all of the sudden? How’s he in the MVP running? Where did this come from? They can’t help but translate the work that’s put in and the discipline.”
He fought back emotion at Saturday’s press conference.
“I realize what a responsibility this is for me,” Carpenter said. “I’m really looking forward to living up to this and continuing being part of such a great organization.”
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