Ex-New York Mets Catcher Gary Carter’s Brain Cancer Takes a Negative Turn

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has been told by doctors treating his brain cancer that they’ve found more growths.

The family met with doctors at Duke University yesterday to discuss the results and the next steps after being told via telephone that there were new “spots/tumors on his brain,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloomers, wrote on a family website.

“I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad,” Bloomers wrote.

Carter, 57, part of the New York Mets’ 1986 World Series championship team, was diagnosed in May with four brain tumors. A scan last week revealed a torn rotator cuff following a pair of falls, one on Dec. 24 and the second on Jan. 12 while visiting his doctors, Bloomers wrote.

Doctors are deciding whether to continue giving Carter treatment, the New York Daily News reported yesterday, citing an unidentified person close to the family.

Carter spoke in front of former teammates, family and friends during a banquet for a golf tournament held in his honor on Jan. 12, Bloomers said.

“Dad spoke a few words thanking everyone for being there and for all the support and prayers,” Bloomers wrote. “He said he wants to feel better so he can continue to help others.”

Over 19 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Montreal Expos, Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, Carter batted .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 runs batted in. An 11-time All-Star, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

He spent two seasons as baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida before his diagnosis.

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