Sad news in baseball yesterday, as Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away at age 57.
There are a lot – and I mean a LOT – of stories about Carter online. He touched many people.
I remember Carter from when I was a kid. My grandparents lived in Florida, and when I was in elementary school my parents would send me out to Florida during the week-long spring break.
Spring Training was usually going on, and the nearest camp to my grandparents house was in West Palm Beach. Both the Atlanta Braves and the Montreal Expos had training camp there, sharing the same stadium like the Mariners and Padres do today (but on a much smaller scale).
As a baseball-crazed kid, I would wait around the clubhouse exit after the exhibition games and try to get autographs. While some players would rush out to the parking lot as fast as they could, Carter would always stop and sign and be friendly with the kids. He was the star of the team at that time, and it was awesome that he would take the time to be nice to the kids.
I guess the kids in West Palm Beach were pretty lucky, because the star of the other team did the exact same thing: Dale Murphy of the Braves.
Lots of links:
- We’ll lead off with Gary Carter’s New York Times obituary.
- We have two features on Rainiers pitcher Erasmo Ramirez: one from Larry LaRue at The News Tribune, and one from Greg Johns of MLB.com. We won’t preview the Rainiers starting rotation until the 29th, but I have Erasmo inked in.
- LaRue also has a feature on Danny Hultzen – another possible Tacoma starter.
- Spurred by his wife, Blake Beavan added cycling to his off-season workout plan.
- More position players are arriving in camp.
- Geoff Baker has a piece on the off-season workouts of Michael Saunders and Steve Delabar.
- Baker writes that you just can’t touch Munenori Kawasaki’s intangibles.
- Vincent Catricala is working on his defense at third base.
- Kyle Seager is trying to add some power, and he’s seeing some progress.
- More videos: Steve Delabar on how to throw a split-fingered fastball, and Danny Hultzen with a lesson on the curveball.
- Inspired by Jeremy Lin, Larry Stone came up with a few names of baseball players who seemingly came out of nowhere and became instant superstars. Mark McGwire is on the list; he’s a great example. McGwire hit .318-13-59 in 78 games for Tacoma in 1986 – solid numbers, absolutely, but would you think that player was going to hit 49 home runs as a rookie in the American League the next year?
- I am angry and depressed that we will not be in Sacramento on June 22 for Johnny Doskow Bobblenose Giveaway Day this season. I guess there is always eBay.
Have a great weekend!