Fans mourn Hall of Famer Gary Carter

Updated: February 16, 2012, 6:34 PM ET

Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series, died Thursday at age 57.

Carter, nicknamed "Kid," had been fighting cancer after brain tumors were discovered last May. Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 as an Expo.

Join other fans from SportsNation as we remember this baseball great. Share your thoughts below.

Fan reaction

kitnamania12: So many ballplayers play the game the wrong way and live their lives the wrong way. It's unfair that one of the few players who did things the right way suffered and died at such an early age.

CandlestickPark1968: He was a gamer. You could take one look at a photo of him in his gear with that Buzz Lightyear grin and understand that he was an original.

Rwratcher: Back in the late 1970s, when Carter was with Montreal, he was the big bat all of us Pirate fans feared as we battled Montreal. What a player. RIP.

mhg0213: wow, he was the my 1st "favorite player" when he was with the Expos. I was 5.

blutodunit11: To me, his love of the game made him great! RIP...

Twitter reaction

Tommy Lasorda (@TommyLasorda) Rest in peace Gary Carter. Gary played for me and was a Hall of Famer on and off the field. I respected and loved him.

Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) Darn, Gary Carter RIP.. growing up, my brother wore a plastic Expos helmet & wanted to be #8.. so I thought Carter was the coolest guy ever

Jay Feely (@jayfeely) Truly sad to hear my friend Gary Carter passed away. Enjoyed his stories and playing golf together at Honda classic last 2 years

Phil Hughes (@PhilHughes65) What an honor it was to meet Gary Carter as my manager at the futures game. One of the best. Prayers to his family.

Shelley Duncan (@shelldunc) My heart goes out to Gary Carter and his family. I'll forever remember him as a fighter and a champion.

Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) RIP Gary Carter. One of the toughest catchers of all-time...

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Released in a statement

Darryl Strawberry: What he added to the team was character. His approach to the game was contagious. It spread to the rest of us. He helped each of us understand what it took to win.

Mets GM Frank Cashen: The genesis of the trade was that we wanted to add a big bat to the lineup. He did that right away, but perhaps more importantly was the way he handled our young pitchers. He was the perfect guy for so many reasons.

Former Mets' manager Davey Johnson: Gary was a one-man scouting system. What people didn't know was that he kept an individual book on every batter in the National League. He was the ideal catcher for our young pitching staff.

Dwight Gooden: I relied on Gary for everything when I was on the mound including location, what pitch to throw and when. Even when I didn't have my best stuff, he found a way to get me through the game. He was just a warrior on the field.

Wally Backman: He was like a big brother to me. I always went to him for advice. No matter what time of day it was, he always had time for you.

Commissioner Bud Selig: Driven by a remarkable enthusiasm for the game, Gary Carter became one of the elite catchers of all-time. "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.

Editor's note: All grammar has been left as it was written by each person.