MLB returned to Olympic Stadium last night for the first time in a decade and Montreal used the occasion to celebrate one of the memory of Hall of Fame catcher and former Expos-great Gary Carter.
Carter passed away in February of 2012 following a long battle with brain cancer, but his wife Sandy and his daughter Kimmy made the trip to Montreal and received a standing ovation from the 46,121 in attendance. During a touching pre-game ceremony, a banner was unveiled in right field which featured Carter’s No. 8 and the words “Merci! Thank You!”
Check out the video of the ceremony below:
Carter played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Expos prior to being traded to the Mets in December of 1984. He returned to Montreal for one final season in 1992.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.