Matt Carpenter's Bat Bizarrely Broke Before He Made Contact With Ball

St. Louis Cardinals DH Matt Carpenter breaks his bat on a swing vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
St. Louis Cardinals DH Matt Carpenter breaks his bat on a swing vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. / Screenshot via Codify on X

A broken bat is not an irregular occurrence in an MLB game, but what St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Matt Carpenter experienced Sunday was far more perplexing than the standard case of some splintered lumber.

During an at-bat against the Milwaukee Brewers, Carpenter's bat appeared to break clean off at the handle while he swung at a pitch from Bryse Wilson. Although Carpenter fouled the pitch off, slow motion replay actually shows that his bat broke before making contact with the pitch.

Carpenter's bat can be seen separating from the piece in his hand mid-swing. The barrel of the bat actually makes contact with the ball, causing it to hit off the mitt of Gary Sánchez. The rest of the bat landed just a couple of feet away in the opposite batter's box, while the handle remained in the hand of Carpenter.

By the way Carpenter reacts, it's clear to see that he was a bit mystified by what had just occurred, as were fans on social media who had plenty to say about the unusual incident.


Published
Karl Rasmussen

KARL RASMUSSEN

Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.