All in all, former WVU baseball player David Carpenter is still living the dream.
Carpenter is no longer wearing a Major League uniform, or affiliated with MLB, but he is still playing baseball for a living.
In March, Carpenter was released by the Atlanta Braves. He was actually one of the first cuts made by the club in Spring Training. That can be a sad and desperate moment for any player who has had a taste of the big leagues.
Carpenter was lucky, too, for being able to play for the Braves, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays over a span of six years.
Now, Carpenter is a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish.
He was able to land on his feet following his release with the independent team, based in Bridgeport, Conn. The team plays in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
The Bluefish currently have a few former MLB players on the roster, including a 19-year professional ballplayer in Endy Chavez.
A big name, too, Carpenter currently has five strikeouts in six innings pitched with the Bluefish. He hasn’t allowed a run and is two for two in save opportunities.
Along with Carpenter, Bridgeport acquired former major leaguers in Brian Moran and R.J. Hively.
"“Our pitching staff this season is really starting to look impressive, especially with the additions of these three guys,” said Bluefish Manager Luis Rodriguez. “Brian and R.J. have put up some good numbers in their careers, and David has a ton of Major League experience, which will be great to have in the clubhouse.”"
On a personal standpoint, Carpenter actually has a lot to gain form the independent league experience. He probably feels he still has the stuff to make an impact at the major league level. Already, he is proving that with his solid start with the Bluefish. Certainly, Carpenter can pitch his way out of Indy Ball if he keeps up this consistent performance.