Two Birds – One Bat

Jack Candler, Staff Writer

Following the end of the 2021 MLB season, two Cardinals legend’s careers ended: Mike Shannon and Matt Carpenter. Mike Shannon began his incredible career in his hometown of St. Louis as a third baseman in 1962. In his time with the Cardinals, Shannon would go on to win two World Series in 1964 and 1967. While his playing career was fairly mediocre, Shannon became a legend not on the field, but in the booth where he worked as a commentator for the past 50 seasons. Shannon will be remembered for his very descriptive and colorful commentary. During his time in the booth, Shannon worked with fellow broadcasting Hall of Famer Jack Buck.

Another career that is likely ending is the Cardinals career of Matt Carpenter. Carpenter made his debut in 2011. During his time in St. Louis, Carpenter would go on to win Rookie of the Year, finished top 15 in Most Valuable Player voting three times, and would be a three-time All-Star. From 2012-2016 the man known as “Matty C” was electric, as he put up a .285 batting average, an on-base percentage of .377, an on-base plus slugging of .841, and an OPS+ of 130 (100 being league average). While Carpenter’s Cardinals career is not yet officially over, it appears that it is coming to an end. Although both of these legends had a shaky end to their careers, they will go down as Cardinal greats and Cardinal Hall of Famers.