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George Anderson
02-16-2012, 05:09 PM
I prefered him when he played with the Expos than the Mets but regardless a great catcher.


http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-apnewsalert

westofyou
02-16-2012, 05:12 PM
A great player, an eighties legend

RANDY IN INDY
02-16-2012, 05:13 PM
Super player. Loved watching him play and his enthusiasm for the game.

Joseph
02-16-2012, 05:16 PM
One of the first guys I thought of as a star when I was a kid. RIP Kid.

redsmetz
02-16-2012, 05:23 PM
The Times has their obit up

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/02/16/us/AP-BBO-Obit-Gary-Carter.html?_r=1&hp

Roy Tucker
02-16-2012, 05:48 PM
Sad news. A great player and a great competitor and way too daggone young for this.

Loved that era of the Expos. Gary Carter, Steve Rogers, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Tim Wallach, Larry Parrish, Dick Williams manager. Lots of talent that seemed to always get edged out by the Phillies, Cardinals, etc.

RIP Kid.

bellhead
02-16-2012, 05:59 PM
RIP, great catcher, great competitor...

RichRed
02-16-2012, 06:24 PM
Carter always had that big grin that made you think, "Now there's a guy who's having the time of his life." Such a shame to see him taken so young.

muddie
02-16-2012, 06:30 PM
So sad. Just this morning I commented to a co worker that I expected to hear something like this any day based on what I read a couple of weeks back. RIP Gary.

Team Clark
02-16-2012, 06:31 PM
Gary Carter: Winner. Nuf said

Vottomatic
02-16-2012, 06:37 PM
So sad. Just this morning I commented to a co worker that I expected to hear something like this any day based on what I read a couple of weeks back. RIP Gary.

Yeah, me too.

MikeThierry
02-16-2012, 06:50 PM
Rest in Peace

Gallen5862
02-16-2012, 07:11 PM
RIP Hall of Famer Gary "The Kid" Carter.

757690
02-16-2012, 07:24 PM
From Johnny Bench Twitter:



Johnny Bench
@Johnny_Bench5
Following

I am so sad! The Kid has left us. I started calling him Kid the first time I met him. He was admired and loved. Thank you for our past @MLB

RedsBaron
02-16-2012, 08:49 PM
Ron Darling said that Carter was the man when they played that his teammates now wish they had been. Darryl Strawberry made similar comments.
R.I.P. to a man who shouldn't have had to wait six ballots for his HOF induction and a man who reportedly was more of a Hall of Fame person than he was a HOF player.

CarolinaRedleg
02-16-2012, 11:32 PM
From all reports and accounts, a better person off the field than on, which is saying something. Godspeed, Kid.

Ghosts of 1990
02-16-2012, 11:32 PM
RIP kid

vic715
02-16-2012, 11:44 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Carter a few years back here in Lake City Fla when he was being inducted into the Florida Sports hall of fame.I also met Dave Johnson that day.They were in McDonalds getting lunch after a golf tourney.Gary was super nice and very talkative. RIP Gary.

Kc61
02-17-2012, 12:16 AM
I have an autographed picture of a young Gary Carter, as an Expo, with Johnny Bench.

I saw Carter play quite a bit when he was a Met. I always thought Carter was a tremendous player with great intangibles.

One of those guys who was simply a Hall of Famer, no questions asked.

Sad day.

cumberlandreds
02-17-2012, 08:19 AM
Sad day to see him pass. He was a cocky and brash player who could back it up. There was always something I liked about him even though he seemed to kill the Reds. No doubt one of the best of his era.

cumberlandreds
02-17-2012, 08:29 AM
The Times has their obit up

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/02/16/us/AP-BBO-Obit-Gary-Carter.html?_r=1&hp (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/02/16/us/AP-BBO-Obit-Gary-Carter.html?_r=1&hp)

Thanks for posting that. It's a great tribute to Carter.
I had forgotten he played as early as 1974 and played a lot of outfield early in his career. He is the only player to have two HR game in an all star game and world series game. Also a great tribute to him that he took a class in French when he was an Expo so he could comminicate well with all the Montreal fans.

NJReds
02-17-2012, 08:47 AM
NY sports radio has been abuzz with callers telling stories about what a great person Carter was off the field. Whether they met him on the street, at an event or before a ballgame, Carter always enjoyed talking to fans, signing autographs, etc.

Chip R
02-17-2012, 08:59 AM
Thanks for posting that. It's a great tribute to Carter.
I had forgotten he played as early as 1974 and played a lot of outfield early in his career. He is the only player to have two HR game in an all star game and world series game. Also a great tribute to him that he took a class in French when he was an Expo so he could comminicate well with all the Montreal fans.

I think Bill Lee said in his book that Carter was the only player that they moved to catcher for his health. Evidently he used to run into a lot of walls when he played outfield.

CySeymour
02-17-2012, 09:02 AM
My earliest memory of Carter was being on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1980 during the playoff race. One of the giants from my teen years watching the game during the 80's. Two players who you always saw smiling back then was Gary Carter and Kirby Puckett. Now they both are on heaven's team.

http://www.hollywoodmemorabilia.com/files/cache/expos-gary-carter-authentic-signed-sports-illustrated-1980-psadna-q12209_814bf0753deb82e47aef626dad1cc70f.jpg

Sea Ray
02-17-2012, 09:09 AM
He was a true leader on and off the field that any team would cherish. Those kind of skills are undervalued and hard to find. As talented as the 1986 Mets were, I don't see them winning the World Series without Carter

It seems to me that brain cancer is becoming more and more common. I'm wondering if there's something to the cell phone connection

George Anderson
02-17-2012, 09:33 AM
I was a huge Johnny Bench fan as a kid so when Bench's career started to decline Carter was the one to take over as the top NL catcher of the time. So as a young kid I wasn't to fond of Carter for replacing my hero as the standard bearer of catchers in the NL, but I later grew to really respect and admire the player that Carter was. I also really don't really judge a player how he is off the field as opposed to on the field, however from everything I have seen and heard, Gary Carter was very much a HOF person off the field.

RichRed
02-17-2012, 10:27 AM
http://22gigantes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Gary-Carter-2-225x300.jpg

_Sir_Charles_
02-17-2012, 10:37 AM
When I think of Carter, this is what I think of. That was one helluva team and one helluva player.

http://rdsportsconnection.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/url.jpeg

redsmetz
02-24-2012, 05:21 AM
Interesting piece in the Times about the college squad he was to manage this year:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/sports/baseball/to-the-palm-beach-atlantic-baseball-team-carter-was-simply-skip.html?ref=baseball

BuckeyeRedleg
02-24-2012, 08:42 AM
Sad news. A great player and a great competitor and way too daggone young for this.

Loved that era of the Expos. Gary Carter, Steve Rogers, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Tim Wallach, Larry Parrish, Dick Williams manager.

Ellis Valentine and Warren Cromartie as well.

RIP, Gary Carter. One of the favorites from my childhood.

George Anderson
02-24-2012, 09:18 AM
Ellis Valentine and Warren Cromartie as well.

RIP, Gary Carter. One of the favorites from my childhood.

Add Jeff Reardon and Al Oliver to that list also.

The Expos of that era might have been the biggest underachieving bunch ever.