Gary Carter: The Coach, The Legend

A great man of God and Hall of Famer, ex Mets catcher Gary Carter has been diagnosed with inoperable glioblastoma this week. Carter, 57, will receive aggressive chemotherapy treatments in an effort to combat the 4  tumors spiderwebbing across the back of his brain.

Monday, the family released a statement after learning of his diagnosis:

“While we are saddened by the news we received today, we take comfort in the overwhelming support and prayers that have been extended to our family during this difficult time. Gary is getting the best care possible and is blessed with an incredible support network including family, friends and loyal fans. Gary was always a fierce competitor on the baseball field and that same tenacity will help him not only fight but win this battle.”

Carter, who won the 1986 World Series with the New York Mets, is also an 11 time All-Star, 3 time Gold Glover, 5 time Silver Slugger, 2 time All-Star game MVP and his number 8 is retired with the Montreal Expos  organization. Considered one of the best catchers of all time, Carter played in 19 seasons with 5 teams and was inaugurated into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2003.

More recently Gary Carter completed his second season at the head of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish baseball program where he led the team to 27 wins in 2011 after the team won only seven regular season games the season before his arrival.  A  resident of Palm Beach County since 1982, Carter took over the head coaching responsibilities at PBA after a successful stint as the Long Island Ducks manager for the 2009 season. An independent team of the Atlantic League, Carter led the Ducks to a Second-Half Liberty Division regular season championship before leading the team all the way to the Atlantic League Championship series, the first postseason appearance for the team since 2004.

Gary Carter is a man of strong faith and our hopes and prayers are extended to him and his family as they go through this challenging time. As Gary is doing in my picture, we can only look to the man upstairs for guidance, comfort, and reverence.

 

 


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