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Former Brewers outfielder Chuck Carr dies at age 55

Outfielder Chuck Carr, briefly a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in the late 1990s and author of a memorable quote in Brewers lore, has died at age 55 according to an announcement on Facebook, relayed by Miami Herald reporter Craig Mish among others.

The tribute from his family suggested Carr had been battling health issues….

Carr caught on with the Houston Astros and homered off John Smoltz in the seventh inning of Game 3 in the 1997 National League Division Series — the final at-bat of Carr’s career.

Carr finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1993 with the inaugural Marlins team after he was taken with the 14th pick of the expansion draft. He stole 58 bases to lead the league in 1993 and 32 the year after that.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2022 at 11:17 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mr. Hotfoot Jackson (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: November 14, 2022 at 01:21 PM (#6105473)
Damn -- 55?

RIP.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: November 14, 2022 at 01:53 PM (#6105478)
"That ain't Chuckie's game. Chuckie hacks on 2 and 0."


That's fantastic. RIP Chuckie.
   3. Rally Posted: November 14, 2022 at 02:25 PM (#6105479)
There was a time when I wondered if Major League could be a model for real team building. Can you find a speedy center fielder who can improve his ability to get on base? A flame thrower with no idea of the strike zone? A washed up spitballer who might have a bit left? A power hitter who can’t hit a curveball? Can you help this bunch improve on their weaknesses and use their strengths to win?

Chuckie came around at that time, and fit the mold to be a real life Willie Mays Hayes. 55 is too young. Keep on hackin, Chuckie.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: November 14, 2022 at 02:28 PM (#6105480)
There was a time when I wondered if Major League could be a model for real team building. Can you find a speedy center fielder who can improve his ability to get on base? A flame thrower with no idea of the strike zone? A washed up spitballer who might have a bit left? A power hitter who can’t hit a curveball? Can you help this bunch improve on their weaknesses and use their strengths to win?


So, the 1993 Marlins.
   5. Rally Posted: November 14, 2022 at 02:59 PM (#6105484)
Marlins had the WM Hayes and the old guy. Not a spit baller, but a 45 year old knuckleballer. They didn’t really have a Rick Vaughn. They had a hard throwing closer in Bryan Harvey, but he had good control. His weakness was being limited to one inning, not strike zone problems. Orestes Destrade came closest to the Cerrano, hitting 20 homers and striking out 130 times. But that’s areal stretch. He’s much more of a run of the mill below average 1B than a Cerrano. They should have brought in Rob Deer. Benito Santiago would eventually be the wily old catcher who leads his team to a pennant, but in 1993 he was only 28 years old.
   6. Rally Posted: November 14, 2022 at 03:03 PM (#6105486)
Maybe Gary Sheffield is Roger Dorn. The rich guy who can’t stay in front of the ball at third base. But Dorn was on the way down in Major League, a current comp might be Anthony Rendon. Sheffield was 24 at the time, most of his HOF-worthy seasons still in his future.
   7. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: November 14, 2022 at 03:12 PM (#6105489)
My brother and I loved Chuck Carr in the early 90s. He rolled his sleeves (and had pretty good biceps), which we thought was humorous for a guy who slugged .330. You can kind of see it in this picture. (Not Albright, I promise)
   8. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: November 14, 2022 at 08:45 PM (#6105541)
He kind of burned a lot of bridges. It's telling that at the end of 1997 he started in CF for the Astros in the playoffs and hit a HR against Smoltz and then the next year he couldn't get an invite to spring training.
   9. Ron J Posted: November 14, 2022 at 09:21 PM (#6105545)
Carr is one of those guys that I just can't wrap my head around getting older. 55? In my mind Carr is 25.

Sigh. I'm old.

RIP Chucky. I'm a take and rake fan and ... that wasn't his game. Still enjoyed watching him play.
   10. Worm7886 Posted: November 15, 2022 at 04:35 AM (#6105586)
I remember watching this segment on VHS as an awestruck kid and figuring Chuckie had to be Willie Mays-level in CF; RIP.

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