Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Gary Carter
Gary Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 6th year of eligibility, 2003, with 78.0% of the vote.
Five highlights of Gary Carter's career:
The first two tables below present Gary Carter's career as measured by Player won-lost records, in and out of context.
- Gary Carter won his age group in the NFL’s first Punt, Pass, and Kick competition in 1961 at the age of seven.
- Carter was named to eleven All-Star teams in his nineteen-year major-league career. He won three Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers.
- Carter finished second in voting for Rookie of the Year in 1975 and received MVP votes seven times, finishing second in 1980 and third in 1986.
- Gary Carter hit 20 or more home runs nine times. He had 100 or more RBI four times, leading the National League in RBI in 1984 with 106.
- Carter was traded from the Montreal Expos to the New York Mets in the 1984-85 offseason. In his first game as a Met, Carter went 2-for-4 including a game-winning walk-off solo home run with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on April 9, 1985.
Carter was a unique combination of offensive and defensive excellence, winning, for example, five Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves.
The next table shows the top 10 players in fielding wins over positional average as a catcher for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.
As measured by net fielding eWins, Gary Carter was the second-best defensive catcher of at least the past 100 years.
But Gary Carter was no defense-first catcher, like Jim Sundberg or Bob Boone.
The final table of the article, then, shows the top 10 players in offensive wins over positional average as a catcher for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.
Once again, Gary Carter appears in the top 10. In fact, Gary Carter is one of only three players to appear in both of the above tables. Of course, all three of them (Carter, Bench, and Hartnett) are Hall of Famers.
Article last updated: March 23, 2020
All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.
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