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Carpenter 3 HRs, 2 doubles and exits, Cards hammer Cubs 18-5

Matt Carpenter hits the first of his three homers in the July 20 game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals blitzed the Cubs 18-5.  (AP Photo)

After Matt Carpenter’s three-homer, two-double game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 20, the National Baseball Hall of Fame invited the Cardinals infielder to donate something from that historic day to its permanent collection.

Carpenter promised his bat — with a caveat. He intended to use it until it broke.

That only took nine days.

Carpenter’s bat cracked Saturday evening in his one-for-three game against the Cubs at Busch, and more than two weeks after he started using the bat, he sent it to Cooperstown, N.Y. Carpenter uses a Marucci-brand maple bat that is 33½ inches and 31½ ounces. He hasn’t changed the model, weight, or length of his bat since becoming a pro, and he added how rare it is that he snaps one of his bats given his approach at the plate.

“I don’t think I’ve ever shared this publicly,” he said this past week, “but my first season as a pro — that time after being drafted (in 2009) — I only used one bat.”

He played 70 games that summer and had 291 plate appearances with it.

WHAT THE ORIGINAL 'CARP' IS UP TO

For the first time since Mike Shildt took over as manager of the Cardinals, special assistant and former ace Chris Carpenter visited the team Sunday. Carpenter roams the organization spending time with pitchers and working as instructor, coach, and confidant. He’s spent time with Jack Flaherty throughout the year.

Shildt said Carpenter’s role won’t change, the open invitation remains, and that he welcomes what Carpenter is known to bring: “Honesty,” Shildt said.

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