• Gary Carter, 1954-2112

    Posted by on February 17th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    I’ve already shared my feelings on The Kid and his battle with cancer. That said, it’s been amazing to hear what former teammates and fans have said, over the last 12 hours or so, about the quality of the man that Carter was…very impressive.

    Players with 3+ seasons of 100 games at C with HR>=20 and RBI>=70:

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Mike Piazza 10 1993 2002 24-33 Ind. Seasons
    2 Gary Carter 9 1977 1987 23-33 Ind. Seasons
    3 Johnny Bench 9 1969 1979 21-31 Ind. Seasons
    4 Yogi Berra 9 1949 1957 24-32 Ind. Seasons
    5 Jorge Posada 8 2000 2009 28-37 Ind. Seasons
    6 Roy Campanella 7 1949 1956 27-34 Ind. Seasons
    7 Lance Parrish 6 1980 1990 24-34 Ind. Seasons
    8 Ted Simmons 6 1974 1982 24-32 Ind. Seasons
    9 Carlton Fisk 6 1973 1987 25-39 Ind. Seasons
    10 Brian McCann 5 2006 2011 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    11 Victor Martinez 4 2004 2010 25-31 Ind. Seasons
    12 Javy Lopez 4 1998 2004 27-33 Ind. Seasons
    13 Bill Dickey 4 1936 1939 29-32 Ind. Seasons
    14 Jason Varitek 3 1999 2005 27-33 Ind. Seasons
    15 Ivan Rodriguez 3 1997 1999 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    16 Bill Freehan 3 1967 1971 25-29 Ind. Seasons
    17 Elston Howard 3 1961 1963 32-34 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 2/17/2012.

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    Comments on Gary Carter, 1954-2112

    1. MJ Recanati
      February 17th, 2012 | 9:06 am

      Sad.

      Carter was the best catcher of my youth and certainly in New York (with apologies to Butch Wynegar, Mark Salas, Bob Geren, Joel Skinner, Phil Lombardi, Rick Cerone and any other cruddy Yanks catcher when I was between 10-14 years old).

    2. Raf
      February 17th, 2012 | 1:41 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      No need to apologize, they stunk :)

      Don Slaught was decent, but like Mike Stanley and Matt Nokes, he was a DH that could happen to don the equipment from time to time.

      Still, you’d think that the Yanks would’ve gotten more for him than they did (Jeff Robinson)

    3. February 18th, 2012 | 12:42 pm

      The was a post earlier in the week about the Marlins unretiring a number, certainly not something you see everyday, but something that also happened to Gary Carter. When the Expos franchise shifted to Washington the number was unretired.

    4. MJ Recanati
      February 18th, 2012 | 1:41 pm

      Raf wrote:

      No need to apologize, they stunk

      LOL!

      Raf wrote:

      Don Slaught was decent, but like Mike Stanley and Matt Nokes, he was a DH that could happen to don the equipment from time to time.

      Completely forgot about Don Slaught. I didn’t mention Stanley because he came after my 14th birthday, when the Yankees started to slowly turn things around.

      Should’ve mentioned Nokes too!

    5. Raf
      February 18th, 2012 | 2:41 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Just throwing Stanley’s name out there to add context :)

      Yankees sure loved catchers that couldn’t catch

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