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Tigers’ Kerry Carpenter in His Own Words

Just last week, I wrote about the unlikely rise of Detroit Tigers slugger Kerry Carpenter.  The 19th round pick of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Virginia Tech (via Eustis, FL) admits his recent success in the big leagues is something very few people saw coming.  He also credits, in a two part interview with on MLB Network’s MLB Central, a number of adjustments, hard work and the support of his family and faith for having helped result in his recent success at the highest level.  Here’s Carpenter in his own words sitting in with the MLB Central crew.

After discussing his rise through the ranks, he steps into the “sky-box” to discuss footage and break down his swing.  Carpenter gets into depth about his adjustments.  He discusses the changes to both his mental and physical approach to his swing.  These modifications have allowed him to anticipate pitches and shift his body to maximize power in new ways.

As Mark DeRosa points out in the interview, it’s Carpenter’s self-awareness and confidence that he could make big improvements as a minor league ballplayer that makes him unique.  He provides an excellent example to young ballplayers of how to put in the work and believe in yourself.

You don’t have to be a Tigers fan to appreciate the Kerry Carpenter story.  But, if you are a Tigers fan, you sure hope his recent success continues for years to come.

Brian is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at

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