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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57

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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, the first player to be enshrined in Cooperstown with a Montreal Expos cap, has died after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.Carter spent the first 11 years of his career with the Montreal Expos. He was traded to the Mets in 1984, where he spent five seasons and helped New York to a World Series championship in 1986.

Carter was responsible for starting the famous two-out-tenth-inning-rally that brought the Mets back from a 5-3 deficit to win Game 6 of the 1986 World Series over the Red Sox. Said Carter:
"I wasn't going to make the last out of the World Series."
Carter singled, and two hits and a Bill Buckner error later, the Mets had rallied to stun Boston to force a Game 7, which they went on to win.After being released by the Mets in 1990, Carter signed with the Giants as a free agent. He played in 92 games for San Francisco, where he shared catching duties backing up starter Terry Kennedy.
Carter hit .254 with 27 RBI and nine homers that season, and the Giants finished in third place in the NL West. Carter played two more seasons, one with the Dodgers and a final season with his original team, the Montreal Expos.
For his 19-year career, Carter was a .262 hitter with 324 home runs and 1225 RBI.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement Thursday:
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. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Garys wife Sandy, their daughters Christy and Kimmie, their son D.J., their grandchildren, his friends and his many fans.The Associated Press contributed to this report

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”