The Washington Times - February 16, 2012, 09:12PM

Nationals manager Davey Johnson just sent out this statement on the passing of Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter, the catcher on Johnson’s 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets:

“Today, the world of baseball lost a Hall-of-Famer and I have lost a treasured friend. Anyone lucky enough to have been part of Gary Carter’s world will agree…nobody loved life in a bigger way than Gary.

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“He seized every opportunity to savor what mattered most to him: his close-knit, loving family; meaningful, enduring friendships; an unbridled passion for baseball; and the fulfillment he felt from making a difference in his community.

“Gary’s brave battle has ended, but his from-the-gut laughter will be heard and his vitality and spirit will be felt forever. I loved him very much, and I know he is finally at peace.”

Carter, unfortunately, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday at the age of 57.