Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away last week and will forever be remembered as one of the best to put on a chest protector and shin guards. The 11-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove Award winner, and 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner played 19 seasons and was a member of the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets. In addition to his 5 years in New York Carter played for the Montreal Expos for 12 seasons, San Francisco Giants for one, and the Los Angeles Dodgers for one. Carter recently coached at Palm Beach Atlantic University and before today’s game the baseball team honored #8.
The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team will honor their late coach, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, by starting a game Tuesday night with only eight players in the field.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Division II squad will also wear a “Carter” patch and the number 8 on the left sleeve of their jerseys.
In a statement following his death, the university said, “The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball program will forever be indebted to the impact, service and legacy left behind by former head coach and Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer, Gary Carter.”
After spending the majority of his career in Montreal with the Expos Carter is still a fan favorite. He was the first person to have on an Expos hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. A banner with his #8 hangs in the Bell Center, home of the Montreal Canadiens, who paid him a special tribute before Sunday’s game. The Empire State Building in New York was lit up in orange & blue on Friday in Carter’s honor.
R.I.P. to one of baseball’s greats.
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