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Sad anniversary: Year since Kid passing

William Perlman/Star-Ledger/US Presswire

Gary Carter's family members were recognized on the field on Opening Day at Citi Field last season.PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Today marks a sad one-year anniversary: the death of Hall of Fame Gary Carter from cancerous brain tumors at age 57.

"Driven by a remarkable enthusiasm for the game, Gary Carter became one of the elite catchers of all-time," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement upon Carter's passing. "'The Kid' was an 11-time All-Star and a durable, consistent slugger for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets, and he ranks among the most beloved players in the history of both of those franchises. Like all baseball fans, I will always remember his leadership for the '86 Mets and his pivotal role in one of the greatest World Series ever played."

The Mets wore "Kid 8" patches on their jerseys last season.