May 22, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter says doctors discovered four "very small" brain tumors after he had an MRI exam on Friday in Florida. The 57-year-old Carter said he expected to learn more about his diagnosis when he is examined again on Thursday at Duke Medical Center. "My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers," Carter said in a release issued by the New York Mets and baseball's Hall of Fame on Saturday. "We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition.
June 14, 1992 |
The Phillies' Darren Daulton, who took an injury-related .222 career average into the season, finds himself in a strange position: battling for the National League RBI title. A catcher at the top of the RBI charts? It doesn't happen too often. The wear and tear of playing behind the plate is a major reason. "You're always beat up, always sore," said Phillies manager Jim Fregosi. The physical strain didn't affect Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench, who led the league in RBIs in 1970, 1972 and 1974.
September 22, 1986
In response to Bill Lyon's column "It's hard to root for these Mets," I am writing in behalf of many Mets fans in Philadelphia. His jealousy is so obvious. Complaining about them being on national television every week, writing books, etc., is childish. The networks schedule those games. When you're good enough to make national television that's the way it goes. He feels he's being force-fed Mets. Well, I was force-fed Phillies in 1980 but I rooted for them because my team was out of it, not for Houston, a Western division team, as he intends to do. Such a crybaby.
July 12, 2012 |
REGGIE JACKSON, as far back as his days at Cheltenham High School has had an ego the size of his boyhood 19027 ZIP code. Sometimes when a person of such conceit says something that others deem offensive and stupid, the blabbermouth should be just told to shut up and go home. Jackson, in a recent Sports Illustrated interview, said what some folks deemed as disparaging remarks aimed at Alex Rodriguez, Gary Carter, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Phil Niekro, Bert Blyleven and Don Sutton.
February 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Gary Carter was nicknamed "Kid" for good reason. His smile, bubbly personality and eagerness to excel on a ballfield made him a joy to watch at the plate and behind it. Even his Hall of Fame bronze plaque at Cooperstown shows him with a toothy grin - the Kid forever. The star catcher, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died yesterday. He was 57. Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, 2 weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
February 25, 2012
The day after his 50-game suspension was voided on what amounted to a technicality, National League MVP Ryan Braun reported to the Brewers' spring training facility in Phoenix and picked up a microphone. "At the end of the day the truth prevailed," he said at news conference on the field while his teammates watched from the stands. "I'm a victim of a process that completely broke down and failed in the way that it was applied to me in the case. " Braun said the testing - which indicated elevated testosterone levels - was "fatally flawed" because of a delay in sending his urine sample to a Montreal lab for testing.
December 14, 2002 |
The New York Mets settled one of their potential salary arbitration cases, agreeing yesterday to a $600,000, 1-year contract with infielder Joe McEwing. McEwing, 30, hit .199 with three homers and 26 RBI in 199 at-bats. He became the first Mets player to start at seven positions in one season, all but pitcher and catcher. He's a 1990 graduate of Bishop Egan High School (now Conwell-Egan) in Fairless Hills, Pa. On April 4, he became the fifth outfielder since 1900 to make an unassisted doubleplay, catching a liner to left by Pittsburgh's Armando Rice and tagging out Jason Kendall, who was running from first to second.
March 22, 1989 |
It seems like only yesterday that he was the official Best Catcher on This Earth. But his contract will expire after this season. And his numbers have shrunk to Dave Valle country. And his bosses look longingly at the Santos Alomars of the planet. Suddenly, all the microscopes in New York are pointed directly at Gary Carter, formerly the Best Catcher on This Earth. And the response of Gary Carter is: "Fine. Let them point. " "I don't know what the future holds," said Carter, who is grinding through a spring training that could be his last as a Met. "But right now, I'm just going into this season, and I'm going to do my best.
March 29, 2013
The Mets never got to do a victory dance during their last waltz. The core group of Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Wally Backman, Lenny Dykstra, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, and Dwight Gooden beat the Red Sox, four games to three, to win the 1986 World Series. But they finished second in the NL East in 1987 after 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight left the team. Then they lost to the Dodgers in the 1988 NLCS. After that, the team was overhauled, and the last waltz was over. What the core players did: Backman, Dykstra, Carter, and Knight combined for 31 hits as the Mets won three of the last four World Series games to clinch the title.