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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