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Carter: Interest in Mets job was a 'mistake'

Gary Carter received a lot of criticism for expressing his interest in the Mets managerial job last season when Willie Randolph still held the position. Almost a year later, Carter realizes he made a mistake.

"We all make mistakes in our lifetime,'' said Carter at Ducks media day Wednesday. "With what happened, that politically incorrect statement what I said about my interest, then I would say yes it is a mistake. I wasn't trying to step on anybody's toes or undermine anybody. My intentions, I think, were sincere. They certainly were not malicious by any means. When it comes down to it, I've learned from that. It won't happen again. I can tell you that."

Carter, a Hall of Famer and member of the 1986 World Series champion Mets, managed the Orange County Flyers to a title in the Golden Baseball League last season and was named Manager of the Year.

Carter said he spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin in the offseason about managing the team, but Melvin had his candidates in line. Carter also spoke with Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik about that team's opening, but Carter said that Zduriencik already had Don Wakamatsu in mind.

"It's sometimes a chess game and just being in the right place at the right time,'' Carter said.

Carter also said he doesn't have a bad relationship with the Mets.

"Our relationship is fine,'' he said. "I have been invited back to several things. They have treated me fairly and nicely through the years. They rewarded me when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I have no ill feelings and I don't think they do as well. I think it's just a matter of a couple of things that have popped up like last year. I haven't heard any repercussions from it from their standpoint. I was invited back to the closing and was honored to be a part of that.''

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