Sad news has been released from the Baseball Hall of Fame this evening. Former New York Mets catcher Gary Carter has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Carter was an 11 time All-Star and a key member of the 1986 New York Mets Champion team.

During his playing career Carter played for the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers. Known as “The Kid,” Carter was one of the best defensive catchers of his generation, winning 3 Gold Gloves during his career. Carter also carried a dangerous bat, five times winning the Silver Slugger award. His career spanned 19 years, from 1974 – 1992, and he was elected into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Gary Carter’s greatest season came in 1986 when he helped lead the Mets to their 2nd World Series Championship. He finished third in the MVP voting while muscling the Mets to a 108 win season, and then etched his name into Mets lore with his World Series heroics. After struggling miserably in the series prior, Carter had 9 RBI in the World Series and delivered the hit that started the legendary 2-out rally in Game 6 that propelled the Mets over the Red Sox.

Gary Carter was not only known to be a great player, but also a great man and a true ambassador of the game. He was 57 years old.