Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, the first player to be enshrined in Cooperstown with a Montreal Expos cap, has died after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.Carter spent the first 11 years of his career with the Montreal Expos. He was traded to the Mets in 1984, where he spent five seasons and helped New York to a World Series championship in 1986.
Carter was responsible for starting the famous two-out-tenth-inning-rally that brought the Mets back from a 5-3 deficit to win Game 6 of the 1986 World Series over the Red Sox. Said Carter:
"I wasn't going to make the last out of the World Series."
Carter singled, and two hits and a Bill Buckner error later, the Mets had rallied to stun Boston to force a Game 7, which they went on to win.After being released by the Mets in 1990, Carter signed with the Giants as a free agent. He played in 92 games for San Francisco, where he shared catching duties backing up starter Terry Kennedy.
Carter hit .254 with 27 RBI and nine homers that season, and the Giants finished in third place in the NL West. Carter played two more seasons, one with the Dodgers and a final season with his original team, the Montreal Expos.
For his 19-year career, Carter was a .262 hitter with 324 home runs and 1225 RBI.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement Thursday:
Driven by a remarkable enthusiasm for the game, Gary Carter became one of the elite catchers of all-time. The Kid was an 11-time All-Star and a durable, consistent slugger for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets, and he ranks among the most beloved players in the history of both of those franchises. Like all baseball fans, I will always remember his leadership for the 86 Mets and his pivotal role in one of the greatest World Series ever played. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Garys wife Sandy, their daughters Christy and Kimmie, their son D.J., their grandchildren, his friends and his many fans.The Associated Press contributed to this report
After recording his first hit in the big leagues, the Giants are making Christian Arroyo into Buster Posey's protection vs. the Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)
1. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Andrew Toles (L) CF
9. Alex Wood (R) P
San Francisco Giants (7-14)
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
6. Joe Panik (L) 2B
7. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants scored 10 runs on the last road trip and three over the first two games against the Dodgers. They made a move Wednesday to try and address that issue.
Michael Morse had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento as part of a flurry of roster moves that included the call-up of Kelby Tomlinson. Brandon Crawford was put on the three-day bereavement list to attend the funeral services of his sister-in-law, Jennifer Pippin. Denard Span was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and Jarrett Parker (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot for Morse.
Morse, 35, came to camp with the Giants after a deal struck with Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding. It was his last shot at playing professional baseball, and as April approached, Morse had shown enough to be in position to make the opening day roster. A strained left hamstring ended those plans, but Morse stayed in Scottsdale to rehab before joining the San Jose Giants and River Cats. He was 5-for-20 in six rehab games but the reports given to team officials stated that he was having good at-bats.
Morse was a popular presence during the 2014 title run, hitting 16 homers in the regular season and a huge one off Pat Neshek in the NLCS-clinching win over the Cardinals. The Giants could use his power bat in left, at first base, and off the bench. A struggling and banged-up team could also some personality added to the clubhouse, and Morse is always ready in that regard.
Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training. He was batting just .220 for Sacramento, but he gives the Giants a versatile glove with Crawford out.