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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mets Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter dies at age 57

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died Thursday following a lengthy battle with
brain cancer. He was 57.

Best known for his role on the 1986 World Series champion Mets and for his 10-year run with the Expos that preceded it, Carter had been battling cancer since doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his brain in May 2011, diagnosing him with grade 4 glioblastoma. His condition took a turn for the worse when an MRI exam revealed new tumors in January.

Carter passed at 4:10 p.m. ET, according to an entry on his family's online journal.

"He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad," Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the journal. "I believe with all my heart that Dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."

Carter hit 324 home runs over a 19-year run with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, finishing his career back where he started, in Montreal in 1992. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2003 with an Expos cap, on a plaque referring to his "signature smile" and clutch hitting.

My Reaction : I never forget going to Shea Stadium when I was about 15 years of age seeing the ballplayers getting on the bus after the game. Most of the Mets had a chance to sign anything you had in possession and many refused like Keith Hernandez, Lenny Dykstra, but Gary Carter stayed true to his fans and got on the bottom step of the bus, turned around and signed 50 to 60 autographs to all the people that were out there (he even signed someone's sneaker), so much so that Davey Johnson had to pull him in the bus. Gary Carter was a true gentlemen when he was in the game and he played the game with leadership and true exuberance . He will always add to the reasons why I am a Mets Fan.

My condolences to his family, I always wanted Gary Carter to be the manager of the Mets..He will be missed.

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