Baseball's Gary Carter says tumors found on his brain
Hall of Famer Gary Carter speaks at the 2005 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.
May 21st, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Baseball's Gary Carter says tumors found on his brain

Former all-star Major League Baseball catcher Gary Carter said Saturday that doctors discovered several “very small” tumors on his brain.

Carter, 57, said he is scheduled for further testing Thursday at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

In a statement released on the New York Mets website, Carter said the discovery came from an MRI.

"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," Carter said. "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," he said in the statement.

There's no word on whether the tumors are malignant or benign.

Carter, known as "The Kid" throughout his career, was a three-time Golden Glove winner, a five-time Silver Slugger award recipient and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2003. At the induction ceremony, he said, "It's nice to know that even though my body feels like an old man now, I will always be a kid at heart."

Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon released a statement about Carter as well. "On behalf of the Mets organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Gary, Sandy and the entire Carter family," it said.

Carter retired in 1992 after 19 seasons with the Montreal Expos; the New York Mets, where he won a pennant; the San Francisco Giants; and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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  1. Mr. Kimball

    It's not a tumor! Skynet has become self aware...... Get Down!

    May 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |

      im a cop you idiot!!..

      May 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • OP

      wonder how much these morons get paid for every derogatory liberal comment.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      OP is an arrogant troll

      May 22, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • aai305

      I remember a game in which Ricky Henderson stole 1st, 2nd, 3rd and home from Gary Carter all in one time.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Skytag

    The tumor must already be affecting his thought processes if he thinks the liberal media vultures will really give him his privacy. Liberal jounalists are worst than lawyers when it comes to tact.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD

      Nice spelling.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      So are you always this ignorant and rude?

      May 22, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Conkfritter

      how do you know this is a liberal writing this?? Give it a rest.
      I can care less about Carter, his politics ,yours or anyone else's.
      It's a news story.I read it and I was informed. Mission accomplished.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Just shut up already.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. jerseygirl

    I'm always puzzled by these people who frankly aren't very high profile any more who come out with something periosnal and then ask for their privacy. Weird. I didn't need to know in the first place Gary. Although I liked ihm as a player.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackyankee

      I agree Jerseygirl, until this very moment I hadn't given Gary Carter any thought unless I was watching the MLB network and they had some old Mets clip on. He already had the privacy in place, and seriously, Gary Carter was no Harmon Killebrew in any shape, manner or form.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jinx

    My good wishes are with Mr. Carter and his family.

    @Skytag: media is media. Why are you trying to politicalize this family's misery?

    May 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |

    it's not a turmor... said aronorld

    May 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. xstonedrocker

    Find a way to get to Gary

    TRY RIFE MACHINE .No side effects and it works on killing cancer cells

    Its not an automatic out ...look outside the box

    xstonedrocker ..a cancer sir vi ver...

    May 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung ho

    You people are absolutly amazing give the kid the respect he deserves if you must troll find another site and gary you are in my thought and prayers keep yourself in good spirits and keep fighting

    May 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. outtatime

    He's in " The Baseball Hall Of Fame", enough said!!

    May 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. midwestmatt


    May 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy

    Good luck to "The Kid." He was my buddy's favorite player and the person on the first 1987 Topps baseball card I saw. Even if he was a Met, fond memories.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skynet

      Jimmy Carter?......

      May 22, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. John C

    This heartbreaking news to me...I grew up watching Gary the Kid number 8! He was such a postive influence to me, and a real good player. I have read his book, and Gary has done much good over the years for chairty. May he blessed and my prayers are for him to get through this health crisis.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skynet

      John Connor?...

      May 22, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis

    Gary,I followed your career and enjoyed watching your hard play and hustle.I am hoping things go well for you during this difficult time in your life.My prayers to you and your family.Stay strong and fight.We are all pulling for you to come through this and return to a normal healthy,life.

    May 22, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    He won a World Series, not just a Pennant, in 1986 against the Boston Red Sox, you idiots.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Skynet

      Baseball is boring. Just another sport about men playing with their bats and balls. They will be terminated also.

      May 22, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nobody

    Dear Gary Carter.
    I too have a brain tumor. I will holding a press conference tomorrow. The press conference will be sponsered by Budwieser and I am inviting all the members of the media to attend. I will be handing out leaflets with my home address, home phone and e-mail. HOWEVER, I would like everyone to respect my privacy and leave my family and myself alone during this difficult time.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. LOOK AT ME! (really, don't look)

    Who calls up the media and ask for privacy?
    Fukking athletes.
    Be a man and keep it to your own family like the rest of us....then you might garner some respect from folks.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
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