Former New York Mets great catcher Gary Carter has passed away at the age of 57, according to his daughter.
The New York Times' Richard Sandomir first reported that Carter has passed away according to a statement from his daughter.
I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm., his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family's website. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know. 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.
Carter was diagnosed with four malignant brain tumors in May and recent reports indicated that his condition has worsened.
Known as Kid, Carter was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. He was an 11-time all-star in 19 professional seasons and finished with 324 career home runs and a .262 batting average.
When you think of the great baseball field generals, you think Gary Carter, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said in a statement. He ran the game from behind the plate with strong leadership and passion. The Kid's contribution to our national pastime is big, but his heart was even bigger. We'll always remember his caring way, ever-present smile and strong devotion to family, community and the Baseball Hall of Fame.