Showing posts with label Gary Carter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gary Carter. Show all posts

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mets to Honor Gary Carter on Opening Day

Gary Carter, who died last month from brain cancer, will be honored during a pre-game ceremony at Citi Field on opening day.

The Mets are scheduled to begin the regular season against the Atlanta Braves on April 5. After a moment of silence, Carter’s family will be on the field for the ceremonial first pitch. The Mets have been wearing a patch on their uniforms bearing the No. 8 in Carter’s memory.

“Mets fans will have the chance to pay their respects and remember all of his accomplishments,” Jeff Wilpon, the team’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Carter won the World Series with the Mets in 1986 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Carter, Tejada, Kazmir, Santana

Here are some News and Notes from numerous sources:

  • The Mets will wear a patch this season honoring Gary Carter. Principal owner Fred Wilpon presented the patch — which features the catcher’s No. 8 and home plate — to Carter’s widow, Sandy, during a memorial service Friday for the Hall of Famer. Carter, who died 10 days ago, played for the Mets from 1985-89.
  • Ruben Tejada was scheduled to land in Miami at 3 p.m. yesterday and arrive in town later in the afternoon, meeting the deadline for position players to report to spring training. Collins, who is unhappy Tejada did not report early, said he plans to meet with his shortstop today and clear the air. “I’m not going to yell and scream at Ruben Tejada,” Collins said. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lenny Dykstra permitted to attend Gary Carter's Funeral

According to the NY Post, Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra will be permitted to attend the funeral of teammate Gary Carter.

Dykstra, who is under house arrest in Los Angeles on allegations of bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement, filed papers with a judge earlier this week in an attempt to attend Carter’s funeral Friday, according to

The judge signed off on Dykstra’s request, allowing him to attend Carter’s funeral in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Dykstra and Carter were teammates on the Mets from 1985-89 and played pivotal roles on the 1986 World Series-winning team. Carter’s two-out single in the 10th inning of Game 6 in 1986 ignited a Mets rally that forced Game 7 against the Red Sox.

Carter died last week after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

In addition to Dykstra, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub, Wally Backman, Tim Teufel, Howard Johnson, Roger McDowell, Mookie Wilson, Sid Fernandez, Darryl Strawberry and Bob Ojeda are expected to pay their respects to Carter.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Large contingent of current and former Mets players will be attending Gary Carter's Memorial Friday

A large contingent of current and former Mets players are planning to attend Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's memorial service Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins will make the short ride down to Palm Beach Gardens with a group of current players, including David Wright, Jon Niese, Josh Thole and Bobby Parnell. Carter's former teammates Wally Backman, Sid Fernandez, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Roger McDowell, Rusty Staub, Darryl Strawberry, Tim Teufel and Mookie Wilson are also expected to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the Carter family has requested that donations be made to The Gary Carter Foundation, 580 Village Blvd., Suite 315, West Palm Beach, FL, 33409. Donations will go to support the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Atlantic University Baseball.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Montreal Council votes to honor Gary Carter

The Montreal City Council voted on Monday to name a street or other place in the city after Gary Carter as a memorial tribute, the Montreal Gazette reported.

“Gary Carter was so associated with the Montreal Expos. His death was like the Expos were leaving for a second time,” Richard Bergeron, leader of the Montreal political party Projet MontrĂ©al, told the newspaper. “If Montreal is still a baseball city, it’s largely thanks to Gary Carter."

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Video: Mets give their favorite memories of Gary Carter

David Wright, Josh Thole and Tim Teufel give their favorite memories of Gary Carter.

Empire State Building lit up orange and blue last night in honor of Gary Carter (photo)

Empire State Building was lit up orange and blue last night in memory of Gary Carter. Photo courtesy Tom Kaminski CBS Chopper880..

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Audio: Darryl Strawberry talks to Mike Francesa about the passing of Gary Carter

Former Mets Outfielder Darryl Strawberry talks to WFAN's Mike Francesa about the passing of Gary Carter

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.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gary Carter sends message to Mets Fans

Gary Carter is too ill to travel, but the former Mets catcher received a standing ovation when his name was mentioned last night.

Carter, who is fighting an uphill battle against brain cancer, sent a message via his children at an awards dinner.

“I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city and people of New York,” said Carter, in a message read by his son, D.J. “I’ll never forget my first game in a Mets uniform on Opening Day in 1985 when I had the fortune of leading the team to victory with a walkoff home run.

“The fans were always supportive of me on the baseball field and continue to support me and my family since I was diagnosed with brain cancer in May.”

Carter was honored with the Arthur and Milton Richman “You Gotta Have Heart” Award at the Baseball Writers Association New York chapter’s annual dinner at the Hilton in Midtown.

Source: NY Post

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doctors find more brain tumors on Gary Carter

Gary Carter’s battle against brain cancer took another turn for the worse Thursday, when the former Mets catcher received more bad news in an MRI result.

The test revealed that the amount of tumors had increased and the family will meet with more doctors soon to discuss what comes next.

“Just a few moments ago, my mom received a phone call from [the doctor] at Duke,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a family website Thursday. “I wish I could say that the results were good ...”

The MRI exam, taken Friday, showed there “are now several new spots/tumors on my dad's brain,” according to Bloemers. “I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad. Dr. Jimmy Harris will be coming to my parent's house [Thursday] evening to talk to the family about the next step.”

Monday, January 09, 2012

Mets Great Gary Carter still coaching despite his illness

Gary Carter plans to participate in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s first baseball practice of the season today as the Hall of Fame catcher, who serves as head coach of the Division II team, continues to battle brain cancer.

Carter plans to undergo an MRI on Friday so doctors can get the latest information on their battle with the malignant tumors.

“Dad was such a trooper during the holidays,” daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in an online journal. “He tried to involve himself in as many family activities as possible even though each day is and continues to definitely be exhausting for him. For most of the days, he has rested and slept, which is good and bad. The doctors have told my dad to listen to his body and rest but have also encouraged exercise. My dad did go in the pool a handful of times over the holiday break; however, his body needs much more.

“Today is the first day of practice for the PBA baseball team and dad is determined to go! Now that baseball has begun, his spirits have lifted a bit and I believe he is excited to see his team. His weak body limits his physical involvement, but the fact he wants to go and still teach his players is beyond amazing.”

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Gary Carter to be honored at the BWAA awards dinner on Jan. 21

Hall of Famer Gary Carter, diagnosed in May with a malignant brain tumor, will be

honored by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at its annual dinner on Jan. 21.

Carter, who helped the New York Mets win the World Series in 1986, was voted the Milton and Arthur Richman You Gotta Have Heart award at the chapter’s annual meeting Monday.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who became the career saves leader this year with 603, will be given the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town award. Yankees trainer Gene Monahan, retiring after 49 seasons, will be presented the William J. Slocum and Jack Lang Long & Meritorious Service award.

Toronto’s Jose Bautista was voted Sid Mercer/Dick Young Player of the Year, and St. Louis’ David Freese gets the Babe Ruth Award for postseason MVP.

The 1962 expansion Mets, who set a major league record with 120 losses, will receive the Willie, Mickey & The Duke award, and Tommy Davis will get the Casey Stengel You Could Look It Up award on the 50th anniversary of his NL batting title.

Jose Reyes, who may be leaving the New York Mets as a free agent, will get the Ben Epstein/Dan Castellano Good Guy award, and Yankees reliever David Robertson will receive the Joan Payson Award for community service. Robertson’s foundation assisted with tornado relief efforts in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gary Carter Receives Encouraging News

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, An MRI exam at Duke University revealed positive news in Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's battle with cancerous brain tumors, daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in an online journal.

Carter's doctors informed the family that the tumors have shrunk 10 percent from a previous MRI exam, and approximately 75 percent since the initial detection.

"Parts of the tumors are actually dying," Bloemers wrote in the private journal, to which the family has granted access to

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gary Carter receives good news in his battle with cancer

According to the NY Post, Gary Carter's battle with brain cancer took a positive turn yesterday, when doctors determined that new spots recently discovered were benign, according to the former Mets catcher's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers.

"We are praising the heavens for more victories!" Bloemers wrote in her online journal. "Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging cheers for dad! Keep them coming!!!"

Bloemers also said the Hall of Famer was due to finish his second round of chemotherapy last night.

"Dad has been extremely tired during these days of chemo, which has been expected," Bloemers wrote. "After he finishes his last pill tonight, he will start to do more activity for his body. The doctor has emphasized exercise, healthy food intake and rest when needed. Dad will start to do physical therapy to get his joints and muscles moving as he pushes through the exhaustion."

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Gary Carter rushed to the hospital with blood clots in leg and chest

According to ESPN,  Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was taken to the emergency room Tuesday after experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a private family website.

Carter underwent several tests, which revealed he had blood clotting in his chest and his right leg. A CT scan revealed no brain bleeding, however, according to the site.

The longtime New York Mets and Montreal Expos catcher has been undergoing treatment for malignant brain tumors since early June.

Carter will have to inject two needles into his stomach every day until further notice, according to Bloemers. The injections contain blood thinners, which will help treat the clots.

Carter, who was released from the hospital Wednesday after a 24-hour stay, will be re-evaluated by doctors Friday. He has been told to rest until then.

"These blood clots are very controllable and this new medication should help dissolve the problems," Bloemers wrote on the website,  "Dad is very lucky it was caught so early."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gary Carter ready to proceed with new stronger chemo treatment

Gary Carter, whose more intense round of chemotherapy had been delayed by a low white-blood-cell count, is now ready to proceed with that treatment to combat malignant brain tumors.

His daughter Kimmy Bloemers writes:

"Dad went to the doctor yesterday and received news that his white blood count was high enough to start the new stronger chemo! The blood count is still a little low; however, he got the green light to take his first pill last night. He took an anti-nausea pill at 10 p.m. and took his chemo at 10:30 p.m. and then fell right to sleep. We are so happy to report that dad is not sick and he had a good day today. There was some anxiety yesterday not knowing if this 5-day treatment would have terrible reactions. Aside from being tired, dad has no other side effects!!!"

Bloemers adds: "Dad will take his second chemo pill tonight and will take his last chemo pill Friday night. This will happen every month for one year. Five pills for one month, Avastin every two weeks and steroids everyday. ... Dad is very strong, determined and focused for our family, his fans, friends and his baseball players. I am so proud of him. He has endured a lot these last three months and without a doubt, the best is yet to come. The more we pray, the more this miracle will happen!"

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Good News for Gary Carter, Doctor said tumors are 80% better

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter received good news Tuesday after the results of an MRI exam revealed his brain tumors are "80 percent better."

The news was relayed by Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers on a family website, according to the New York Post.

The New York Mets legend, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in May, was told by his doctor at Duke Medical Center that there "is much less swelling."

"Doctor V said specifically that dad's tumors are 80% better!" Bloemers wrote on the family website, adding the tumors are "less dense" and "less angry," an encouraging sign, according to Carter's doctor.

"The size is a little smaller but the most important fact is that these tumors are starting to GO AWAY!" Bloemers wrote. She added the next phase would require the 57-year-old former ball player to undergo five days of chemotherapy in pill form.

Doctors also told the family Carter's second MRI exam in May, which was taken just 10 days after the growths were first discovered, revealed the tumors had actually doubled in size. The aggressive nature of the tumors at that stage made Tuesday's results that much more amazing, Bloemers wrote.

Carter, who had been managing at Florida's Palm Beach Atlantic College this year, hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs in a 19-year career with the Mets, Montreal Expos, Giants and Dodgers.

He was a member of the Mets' 1986 World Series-winning team, was an 11-time All-Star, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Doctor says Gary Carter "Looks Wonderful"

According to the NY Post, Mets great Gary Carter is improving as he heads into the final portion of his first round of cancer treatments.

His daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on a family website Monday, "Mom and dad were told by the doctor that dad looks wonderful and is happy to see how well he is doing."

Carter, who has brain cancer, was unable to attend All-Star Game festivities last week and will not be in Cooperstown for next weekend's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The 1986 world champion was able to walk two miles Monday, according to Bloemers, and plans to return as head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University next season.

Carter will finish radiation treatments Tuesday. A scheduled MRI exam was moved up to Aug. 1.

"We know dad still has a battle and a road ahead of him to fight; however, we believe in miracles," Bloemers wrote, according to

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gary Carter plans to Coach Next Season for University

Gary Carter continues to undergo radiation treatments for the brain cancer he was diagnosed with in May and has an MRI exam scheduled for next month, but the Mets great still plans on a return to coaching next season at  Palm Beach Atlantic University, according to his daughter.

“My dad’s plan is to return as the head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University for his third year,” Kimmy Bloemers wrote on a family website. “A committee has met at school and interviewed different candidates for the new position that is now open … the associate head baseball coach. We are praying for the perfect fit and so far we have some highly qualified coaches who want to be a big part of dad’s program. Dad has been involved in the hiring process and each interview. We should have someone hired very soon.”

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