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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dead at age 57

One of the best catchers of his generation, Hall of Famer Gary Carter, has died at the age of 57 due to complications from brain cancer.

Richard Sandomir, a New York times columnist was the first to break the news via Twitter:

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Carter was diagnosed with four malignant brain tumors in May 2011 and had Grade IV primary brain tumor glioblastoma multiforme, which is an aggressive and deadly form of inoperable brain cancer.

During his 19-year MLB  playing career, Carter was an 11-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner and 2-time All-Star game Most Valuable Player.

Carter finished his career with a lifetime .262 batting average (outstanding for a 19-year career as a catcher), with 324 home runs and 1,225 runs batted in. His outstanding two-way ability both behind and in front of the plate made him one of the most versatile and valuable catchers in the history of professional baseball.

Our thoughts go out to Gary Carter’s family as they deal with this difficult time.