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Report: Ex-Mets Great Gary Carter’s Tumor Inoperable

Operation Unlikely; Treatments To Include Chemotherapy, Radiation
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(credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

(credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has a malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma and will treat it with chemotherapy and radiation.

Doctors at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke said the location of the tumor makes it difficult to remove through an operation. But they said Carter’s “strong physical condition and fighting spirit will be to his advantage as his treatment commences.”

Carter hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBIs in 19 seasons in the majors. The 11-time All-Star played his last game with the Montreal Expos in 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Carter was returning to his home in Florida to begin treatment. His family said Tuesday night Carter would “not only fight but win this battle.”

The effervescent Carter, nicknamed “Kid,” is perhaps best known for helping the Mets win the 1986 World Series. He had 24 homers and 105 RBIs that year, then drove in 11 runs in the postseason.

A warm cheer went up before the Mets’ 5-2 loss on Saturday after highlights of Gary Carter’s career with the club was shown on the big video board, followed by a written message: “Our thoughts are with you Gary. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.”

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