Found June 10, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS -- During the past offseason, Matt Carpenter was talking with his mom about his future in the major leagues. Though Carpenter enjoyed a strong rookie season with a .365 on-base percentage in 340 plate appearances, his baseball future coming into 2013 was far from secure. No one knew if he could become more than a utilityman in the big leagues. Not even Carpenter. "He said, 'Mom, I don't know if I'm going to be (in the majors) tomorrow,'" Tammie Carpenter recalls. "He was like, 'Am I really good enough to continue to do this or did they just kind of make a mistake?' That's the mentality he has. Don't take anything for granted." Well, the Cardinals certainly didn't make a mistake when they moved Carpenter to second base and, early on, installed him as their leadoff hitter. Likewise, St. Louis did not err when it decided to put Pete Kozma at shortstop instead of shopping for a fill-in for injured Rafael Furcal. Toge...
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