After yet another disappointing season for Matt Carpenter, it seemed as if the clock had run out on his career.
The St. Louis Cardinals didn’t pick up his option for the 2022 season and he didn’t find a new home until late March, when he signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
However, even the Rangers couldn’t find a fit for him, and he was subsequently released.
But the New York Yankees had other plans and picked up the former All-Star on a one-year deal.
Since joining the Bronx Bombers, Carpenter has hit six home runs.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted about how Carpenter has revitalized his career and become a viable part of the Yankees’ roster.
Matt Carpenter, unwanted all winter, and released last month from his minor league contract with the Rangers, has now produced 7 hits since joining the #Yankees; 6 of those hits are homers. He has two homers and 6 RBI today. Fabulous pickup by the Yankees.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 12, 2022
Is It The Salsa?
Carpenter is back to where he once was, before the struggles at the plate mounted and before he lost playing time in St. Louis.
What a bargain for the Yankees.
The last time he was this hot was in 2018, when his now former teammate Adam Wainwright secretly planted tomatoes in his garden, which he eventually turned into his own secret salsa.
Perhaps he’s on his salsa craze again.
Carpenter looks like himself again and is proving to be a solid pickup for the Yankees.
That short right field porch is certainly benefitting him.
A lot of hard-hit balls out to right field were turning into outs at Busch Stadium.
But with a shorter porch, Carpenter is having a little better luck.
The 36-year-old slugger is taking advantage of that short porch in right field and is showing us what kind of player he truly is.
We’ll see if he stays hot and continues mashing for the Yanks.