The big story today in the baseball offseason is a dire one.
Many media outlets are reporting an account credited to Kimmy Bloemers, the daughter of baseball great Gary Carter, who was diagnosed last May by doctors at Duke University with an aggressive form of brain cancer, stage 4 glioblastoma.
“I write these words with tears,” she wrote in a post available on the Gary Carter Facebook page. “My mom received a phone call from [a doctor] at Duke.” The doctor had evaluated MRI’s of Carter’s brain and shoulder that were taken Friday, January 13th at a hospital in North Palm Beach, Florida. Carter had torn a rotator cuff during a fall at a previous doctor’s appointment.
“I wish I could say that the results were good,” Bloemers continues. “[The doctor] told my mom that there are now several new spots/tumors on my dad’s brain.” She added that a family doctor is meeting with the Carters at this hour to discuss “the next step.”
“I am so sad for my dad,” writes Bloemers, who said that the last several days “has been one of the hardest weeks for my dad.”
When the Florida Marlins was an expansion major league baseball franchise in 1993, Gary Carter served as a color analyst for the team’s television games through its first four seasons of existence. The Gold Glove catcher who won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1986, had just missed calling the first of two Marlins World Series championships in 1997. Carter’s successor in the color commentator role, Tommy Hutton, will embark on his sixteenth season as the team becomes the Miami Marlins. He recalls how both he and Carter “broke down” when they had their first conversation since his initial cancer diagnosis. “He’s close to me because we’re friends for over thirty years and neighbors,” Hutton said in a newspaper interview last year. “We’re all pulling for him.”
Carter was inducted into the Mets’ Hall of Fame in 2003. As someone who was an important part of the Marlins franchise when it was first established, I would like to see the team extend a similar gesture to Carter – maybe name the Miami Marlins’ television broadcast booth after him. He was the first television color analyst – that’s history. And it would only be right if the Miami Marlins planned to document that piece of history in his honor. And soon – since Carter’s cancer is inoperable, the latest MRI results are not very favorable.
To Jeffrey Loria: You once owned a piece of the Montreal Expos, the franchise that Carter starter (1974-84) and ended (1992) his storied baseball career. And while he didn’t play for the team under your ownership, certainly you’re aware of his history with the Expos. And while you assumed ownership of the Marlins in 2003, certainly you’re aware of the first television color commentator of the team. You may have more money than me and most other people – but if you have a soul, you will pay some sort of tribute to Gary Carter.
Do it, Mr. Loria.
Do it for The Kid.