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Teammates remember the late Gary Carter

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Former teammate Darryl Strawberry said Gary Carter added character to the New York Mets of the 1980s, adding that his approach to the game was contagious.

Carter died Thursday at 57, nine months after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

Carter was a Hall of Fame catcher, spending most of his 19 major league seasons with the Montreal Expos and Mets. The 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs.

He did some of his best hitting on baseball's biggest stage, named the MVP of the All-Star game in 1981 and '84 before hitting .276 with two homers and nine RBIs for the Mets in the 1986 World Series. He was mired in a 1-for-21 slump in the 1986 NLCS before his walk-off single in Game 5, and he batted .314 the rest of the postseason.

Carter also was the Expos' top hitter in the 1981 postseason, batting .429 with two homers, four doubles, six RBIs and six runs scored in the team's only playoff appearance.

He ranked fourth on the all-time list for catchers in homers, doubles and RBIs at the time of his retirement in 1992 yet had to wait six years of eligibility before he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Carter had just completed his second season as head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic when the brain tumor was discovered last May.

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