Chris Carter (cartech01)
William Christopher Carter
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6', Weight 230 lb.
- School Stanford University
- High School De La Salle High School
- Debut June 5, 2008
- Final Game October 3, 2010
- Born September 16, 1982 in Fremont, CA, USA
Carter was involved in two trades on the same day on August 21, 2007, first going from the Diamondbacks to the Washington Nationals in return for pitcher Emiliano Fruto, then being sent to the Red Sox for Wily Mo Pena.
Carter made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox on June 5, 2008 playing left field; he went 2 for 3 and scored 2 runs against the Tampa Bay Rays. He had been called up two days earlier when designated hitter David Ortiz went on the disabled list. However, Carter was sent back down shortly after his successful debut after Coco Crisp was served with an 8-game suspension for initiating a bench-clearing brawl against the Rays. Carter was replaced on the roster by Brandon Moss because the latter was capable of playing centerfield. He went 6 for 18 with 5 runs scored in his first taste of major league action.
Carter was sent to the New York Mets after the 2009 season as part of the deal that brought reliever Billy Wagner to Boston. While in spring training with the Mets, he earned the nickname "The Animal" from teammates. He started 2010 with the AAA Buffalo Bisons, then was called up on May 11th when Frank Catalanotto was designated for assignment. He doubled to the right-field corner as a pinch-hitter in his first at-bat as a Met on the day of his call-up, as part of a six-run inning in an 8-6 win over the Washington Nationals; it was his first extra-base hit in the majors. He ended up spending the remaionder of the season with New York, hitting .263 in 167 at-bats over 100 games; he hit 9 doubles and 4 homers. He excelled as a pinch-hitter, hitting .328 with a homer and 10 RBI. He became a free agent after the season and decided to sign with the Rays. However, things did not go particularly well for him. He spent the first few months of the 2011 season with the AAA Durham Bulls, hitting .270 in 54 games, but decided to opt out of his contract on June 15th, seeking a better opportunity. He signed on with the Atlanta Braves, but played only 23 games for the Gwinnett Braves, hitting .338 before his season was cut short by an injury on July 15th.