Gary Carter was undoubtedly one of the best receivers in baseball during his 19-year career. He was known as a team leader, an excellent handler of pitching staffs and an outstanding defensive catcher, winning 3 Gold Gloves. He became a star as a power-hitting catcher with the Montreal Expos in the late 70’s and was the final piece to a young New York Mets team’s success in the mid 80’s, including their championship 1986 season. He was an 11 time All-Star and was the All-Star Game MVP in 1981 and 1984. His #8 had been retired by the Montreal Expos, and it remains retired with the Washington Nationals. He will forever be known as “Kid” due to the enthusiasm with which he played the game.
March 9, 2015