As the son of a father who coached high school baseball teams and a mother who played softball, there was no question whether Matt Carpenter would like the sport or not. Not only did Matt enjoy baseball, but he also made a career out of it and has since been successfully working for the various baseball club teams he has played for, especially his current team – ST. Louis Cardinals.
Let’s find out more details about him here that is not generally known. We will also provide you with a balanced reading, telling you all about the woman behind his successful career, in addition to his recent career statistics and biography.
Matt Carpenter’s Biography
The American professional baseball player was born on November 26, 1985, and was named Matthew Martin Lee Carpenter. His birthplace was Galveston, Texas, the son of Rick and Tammie Carpenter. His father played baseball in college and later turned to a high school baseball coach when they moved to La Marque, Texas. He coached La Marque High School before moving to Lawrence E. Elkins High School and then to Prosper High School near Dallas, where he currently resides.
Matt Carpenter trained at Elkins High School, played baseball and was named TPX runner-up at High School All-American in 2004. He also held the Elkins High School record for the most hits in his career. After high school, he went to Texas Christian University (TCU), where he majored in Communications and made a name for himself on his baseball team. Matt was named the second team in the All-Mountain West Conference in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
In the 13th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, he was drafted for the St. Louis Cardinals with a $1,000 bonus. In the years before the MLB, he played for various A-level teams such as Batavia Muckdogs, Quad Cities River Bandits and the Palm Beach Cardinals, beating a total of .283 with two home runs and 22 RBI. For his impressive performance at this level, he was called to the Springfield Cardinals and had a successful 2010 season, winning Topps’ Double-A All-Star, Texas Mid-Season All-Star, Texas Post-Season All-Star, TCN/Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year and Player of the Year from the Cardinals Organization for 2010.
Matt Carpenter made his MLB debut on June 4, 2011, and was at the St. Louis Cardinals when they became world champions by beating the Texas Rangers. Although he was not active at that time, the Cardinals gave him a championship ring. Since then, he has become one of the best players on the team, performing amazingly well every time he is called up. Matt has been awarded 2013, 2015 (3rd) Baseball America National League “Best Strike-Zone Judgment” award, Major League Baseball All-Star award in 2013, 2014, 2016, National League Player of the Week award, which he won twice on April 19, 2015, June 6, 2016, and a Silver Slugger Award at second base, which he received in 2013.
In his regular season, he showed signs of becoming a star MLB player by posting the stats below
There is no doubt that as Matt Carpenter continues to advance his career, his performances will improve beyond what we have already seen.
Matt Carpenter is married to the love of his life, Mackenzie Carpenter. They were married in 2011.
Mackenzie Carpenter was born on 7 January 1988 as the son of Mrs. Nancy Goodman Ditmore and Paul Detmore. They met during their studies at Elkins High School and took a liking to each other. Their relationship continued while studying at the university, and on Friday, May 6, 2011, Matt proposed to her and a wedding ceremony was held in Missouri City, TX on December 10, 2011.
Mackenzie works as a 6th and 8th-grade sports coach at Fort Settlement Middle School. She is also an active member of the Cardinals Wives organization.
The union of Matt and Mackenzie was blessed with the birth of 2 children. Their first child was a girl born on May 25, 2016, and named Kinley Rae. After her, they gave her a younger brother called Kannon Lee on November 20, 2017.
Other Details About Him
During his high school days, his friend and now his wife gave him the frame for his childhood hero and later teammate (2011-12) – Lance Berkman.
Matt Carpenter is known for not wearing batting gloves during baseball games, which is why his right hand has numerous calluses and cuts. Well, athletes usually have one thing that they think will get things going. Maybe this is his.
Matt promised in the summer of 2017 to donate $10,000 to the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area for every home run he hit in the remaining season.
He hits with his left hand and throws with his right.