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Gary Carter, Despite Brain Cancer, Returning as Palm Beach Atlantic University Skipper

Using the catch phrase of Chicago Cubs/Arizona Diamondbacks legend Mark Grace, Gary Carter is "big league."

Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who spent the majority of his career playing for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, is returning as head coach of Palm Beach Atlantic University's baseball club -- despite being diagnosed with brain cancer nearly two months ago.

According to MLB.com, Carter announced on May 21 he has four inoperable brain tumors but is suiting up for his third year at the helm of the Sailfish.

In just two years with the team, Carter has already gotten the Division II club on a bit of a rebound.

In 2008 and 2009 -- before Carter's arrival -- the team had 17-33 and 10-36 records, respectively.

In 2010, Carter's first year, he coached PBAU to a 17-24 season but posted a winning record -- 27-26 -- in 2011.

Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, reportedly wrote in her online journal that Carter is feeling much better -- no longer suffering from several pneumonia-like ailments -- and has been able to get back to exercising.

He still has six more radiation treatments for his tumors, according to MLB.com.

The Sailfish are still seeking an assistant coach to work under Carter, according to its website.


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