With 8 Days Until Pitchers And Catchers Report, we honor “The Kid”, Gary Carter.
Before the PEDs era of Todd Hundley and Mike Piazza arrived, Carter was the best offensive catcher ever to wear a Mets uniform — and some might argue he remains the best all-around catcher in the team’s history. He hit for a decent average, he got on base, he hit for power, he hit in the clutch, he ran the bases intelligently, he called a great game, he threw out runners, he played strong defense, and he took charge on defense. In short, he did everything a catcher was asked to do, and then some; that’s why he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
But all of these skills are not necessarily the reason I chose Gary Carter to honor this day. In fact, his all-around performance are only the third reason his image is forever burned in my memory.
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