5. GARY CARTER Catcher, 1985-89 When Carter was acquired from...

Catcher, 1985-89
When Carter was acquired from the Expos (whose cap adorns his plaque in the Hall of Fame), the Mets had the final piece that turned them from a very good team into a champion. His game-winning home run in his first Mets game in 1985 was a portent of the 24 homers and 105 RBIs he would have in 1986. His hit in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the World Series began a comeback from a two-run deficit, a rally that ended with Mookie Wilson's ground ball. Credit: AP

Former Mets catcher Gary Carter announced today that he was diagnosed with four small tumors on his brain. Carter released the following statement on his condition:

"Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility. I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center, and we will learn more at that time about my diagnosis. My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition."

Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon also released a statement regarding Carter:

"On behalf of the Mets organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Gary, Sandy and the entire Carter family."

Carter played for the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers over his 19-year career. He was a member of the 1986 world champion Mets, when he batted .255 with 24 home runs and 105 RBIs. He played in 11 All-Star games, finished his career with 324 home runs, and was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2003.

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