NEW YORK -- Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Steve Rogers, former teammate of Gary Carter and current MLBPA Special Assistant, today issued the following statements upon learning of the passing of the Hall of Fame catcher.
"We are saddened by the news of Gary Carter's passing. Gary was one of the greatest players of his generation, and his enthusiasm and passion for the game will live on in the hearts and minds of those of us fortunate enough to have watched him play. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family, his former teammates and his legion of fans in the U.S. and Canada."
"Learning of Gary's passing feels as if I just lost a family member. Gary and I grew up together in the game, and during our time with the Expos we were as close as brothers, if not closer. Gary was a champion. He was a "gamer" in every sense of the word -- on the field and in life. He made everyone else around him better, and he made me a better pitcher. His contributions to the game, both in Montreal and New York, are legendary and will likely never be duplicated. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Sandy, and children, Christy, Kimmy and D.J., and to his many friends and fans."
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