NEW YORK (PIX11)—Gary Carter, the former New York Mets Hall-of-Fame catcher, died Thursday afternoon.
Citing a private family website, ESPN reported that Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote, "I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm."
"This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know," Bloemers wrote. "He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."
Nicknamed 'The Kid', Carter spent a majority of his career with Montreal -- and entered the Hall of Fame in 2003 as an Expo -- but he is fondly remembered in New York as a key component of the Mets' 1986 World Series triumph.
"Gary was a one-man scouting system," said Manager Davey Johnson. "What people didn't know was that he kept an individual book on every batter in the National League. He was the ideal catcher for our young pitching staff."
Carter's determination and will to win spread to the rest of his teammates, a characteristic that marked the fabled '86 team.
"He helped each of us understand what it took to win," remembered Darryl Strawberry.
Of the players that played alongside Carter, the relationship between pitcher and catcher is one of the closest in the sport.
"I relied on Gary for everything when I was on the mound including location, what pitch to throw and when," said Dwight Gooden. "Even when I didn't have my best stuff, he found a way to get me through the game. He was just a warrior on the field."
Led by Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Lenny Dykstra and Ron Darling, the Mets won 108 games during the 1986 regular season. In a memorable World Series showdown with the Boston Red Sox, Carter came through when it mattered -- hitting two home runs and a double in Game 4. In Game Six, the Red Sox were one out away from winning the World Series when Gary Carter hit an RBI single that led to 3 runs en route to a nail-biting Game 7 victory for New York.
"The baseball community has lost a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person. He was a good man and will be missed terribly," said Mets third base coach Tim Teufel, who played second for the '86 Mets.