The baseball world lost one of it's all time greats today as former Met Gary Carter passed away at the age of 57, ESPN.com reports. Carter had been suffering from a form of brain cancer as doctors had found four tumors on his brain last spring. Carter had been trying to fight the condition actively, but his health recently took a turn for the worse. Carter's passing was reported on the family's website. Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers released a statement that said the following: "I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know. He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."
Carter played 19 years in the majors, and spent four years (1985-1989) with the Mets. While he was with the Mets he helped the team win the 1986 World Series and win the National League East in 1988. Carter retired from baseball in 1992 and was named to the Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to all of his on field success, Gary Carter was a great man off the field. He was honored by baseball for his charitable contributions with the Roberto Clemente award in 1989, and he also established the Gary Carter Foundation after he retired. The Gary Carter Foundation helped promote many worthy causes, including the promotion of childhood reading programs.
All of us at Mets 101 send our condolences to the Carter family and wish them the best as they try and get through this difficult time. Stay tuned for more news as it develops.
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