The first half of the 2022 season has come to an end.
With the All-Star Game taking place tonight, it’s almost time to turn our attention to the second half of the season and the trade deadline.
But as we look back on the first half, we can celebrate the great things that happened, such as the resurgence of Matt Carpenter.
Ever since the New York Yankees picked up Carpenter from the scrap heap, he’s turned himself back into the player he was for so many years with the St. Louis Cardinals.
In fact, to close out the first half, Carpenter earned himself American League Player of the Week honors.
The Yankees posted a tweet celebrating Carpenter’s accomplishment.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 18, 2022
Carp Finishes The First Half Strong
What a difference a year has made for Carpenter.
This is a guy who ultimately was squeezed out of a spot in St. Louis thanks to the Cards’ burgeoning class of young talent.
After being released by the Texas Rangers, nobody seemed to want him.
Now, he’s found a home for himself with the Yankees and is one of the key reasons for their great success this year.
If he keeps this up, perhaps he could win AL Comeback Player of the Year Award at the end of the season.
More on that later.
For now, he’s proven to be a savvy pickup by the Yankees.
He’s picked himself up after a few down seasons in St. Louis and is back to being the player he once was, a versatile guy who can play multiple positions and give you a solid left-handed bat, whether he’s on the bench or in the starting lineup.