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Gary Carter Dead

February 18, 2012 by staff 

Gary Carter Dead, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was remembered by former teammates and colleagues for his smile, energy and competitiveness.

Carter died Thursday at age 57 from a malignant brain tumor. The American flag outside of Digital Domain Park, the spring training home of the New York Mets, was lowered to half-staff in his honor Friday along with the Canadian flag outside Montreal’s Olympic Park.

“When I broke into the big leagues until a month ago, Gary kept in touch,” Mets third baseman David Wright said. “He would call and just want to talk about baseball and the team and what I was feeling at the plate. It was incredible for him to be in the situation he was in and to take some time out – 15 to 20 minutes – and just want to talk baseball. Just the energy in his voice, talking about this organization and talking about the game, those will be my lasting memories and something that will stick with me pretty vividly.

“He knew the situation he was in, he knew that clock was ticking and he just wanted to be around the game and talk about the clubhouse and what was happening on the field.”

Carter was an 11-time All-Star during 19 major league seasons, primarily with the Montreal Expos and Mets. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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