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Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

Perhaps more so than any other St. Louis Cardinals player, Matt Carpenter personifies the self-made, tough, never-give-up image of one of baseball’s most successful franchises.

The third baseman was born into a Texas baseball family headed by one of the nation’s most successful coaches and now wants to share his knowledge with the youths of the St. Louis area.

Carpenter is hosting a youth baseball camp for boys and girls in 1st through 8th grade. It will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, MO. That is a scheduled off-day for the Cardinals.

Camp participants will learn fundamental baseball skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the two-time National League All-Star, who will be on-site to direct the event. Each camper will receive a Carpenter autograph and a team photo with him.

Carpenter will be joined by a selection of prep and college coaches from the area. The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8 at a cost of $119.

In a special offer, exclusively for readers of The Cardinal Nation Blog, if you use the coupon code TCNB2015​ to enroll, you will receive 10% off the camp price. Even better, if you use a CitiBank credit card to pay, you can take additional 20% discount, for a total of 30% off.

Registration and more information is available at


In the following interview, Carpenter discusses his baseball upbringing, with the central figure being his father and high school coach Rick. The 700-game winner was USAToday’s 2002 National Prep Coach of the Year and the 2014 National Coach of the Year, awarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

Carpenter continues our chat with an overview of his upcoming camp and what he hopes to accomplish there and when his playing career is eventually over. Not surprisingly, coaching is the sole item on his list.

Click here for audio: Matt Carpenter with Brian Walton

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16 Responses to “Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Terrific positive vision by Matt to organize the camp.

    Incidentally, another Texan hailing from the Houston area is Grichuk. It would be great to see him in the lineup everyday the rest of the season. He can play LF while Holliday is out of commission, then shift over to CF, where his bat dominates Jay and Bourjos.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Clearly, this is Grichuk’s big chance for extended playing time. If he can improve on his selectivity, he could stick.

      • Bw52 says:

        He has improved his selectivity to a extent.He does very well for a couple of games and then gets a little wild for a game or two.All in all he has improved over last season IMO.Plus he is still playing very good defense.The kid has improved.There should be no question about him sticking unless he goes into a 0-25 slump or something.He is clearly a better option than Jay and Bourjos at this point.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Only four walks in 128 plate appearances, by far the lowest rate on the team, tells me he still has a ways to go in that aspect of his game.

          Last season, Grichuk had five walks in 116 PAs after coming up. In other words, no improvement in this area this season.

          • Bw52 says:

            RG still has a way to go .Still he might not walk much but he has bee n somewhat productive with 20 XBHs .Cards need some power right now a d RG is helping provide that.Grichuk and Heyward have both been hitting.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Good to see Greg Garcia in the lineup today. He has had 940 or so at bats at AAA, with an OPS of about 760, over a 2.5 year period there, so he is well trained and ready. Garcia has steady hands as a fielder and the bat is playable for infield reserve in the majors.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Fun to watch Heyward versus Papelbom, battle of the millionaires.

  4. blingboy says:

    I hope Matt’s post-career plans are still the same 5 years and $50 Million from now.

  5. kray66 says:

    Random question – Why didn’t the Cardinals have names on the back of their jerseys this weekend? I caught bits and pieces of the games in Philly, but noticed that.

  6. Bw52 says:

    Any news on Harrison Bader or Chris Chinea? Figured Bader would sign quickly after CWS.Same for Chinea.Wonder if there is a problem?

    • Brian Walton says:

      I have no news and therefore, am not worried. Bader’s Florida team was eliminated in Omaha less than 48 hours ago. LSU was bounced on Thursday. For all we know, the Cards are trying to leverage Brown with some of the money earmarked for these two. In reality, there are still too many moving parts still to be concerned. Four weeks remain until the deadline.

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