Joe Carter

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Joseph Chris Carter

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Biographical Information[edit]

“The man’s an RBI machine... He’s unbelievable. Every time you looked up, it seemed he was knockin’ someone in. He cranks out RBI like no one I’ve ever seen, game after game. Like a machine.” - Brett Butler


Joe Carter hit 396 home runs and drove in 1,445 runs during a 16-year major league career. He was a five-time All-Star and is most famous for his play with the Toronto Blue Jays World Series championship clubs.

Carter was an All-Star outfielder in the 1979 Intercontinental Cup, helping Team USA win Bronze. He was chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 1981 amateur draft with the second overall pick. He made his pro debut with the Midland Cubs in 1981 and reached the majors with Chicago in 1983, hitting .176 in 23 games. After starting 1984 with the AAA Iowa Cubs, Carter was dealt to the Cleveland Indians in June as part of a seven-player trade that brought Rick Sutcliffe to Chicago. By 1986, he had become a star, hitting .302 with 29 home runs while leading the American League with 121 RBI. The following year, he became a member of the 30-30 Club, when he hit 32 homers while stealing 31 bases.

Following the 1989 season, Carter was traded to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlos Baerga and Chris James. One year later, he moved to Toronto alongside Sandy's brother, Roberto, for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez in a trade that turned the Blue Jays into a powerhouse. Carter was a five-time All-Star with the Jays and a key member of their World Series winners in 1992 and 1993. He ended the 1993 World Series with a dramatic three-run walk-off home run off Mitch Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies, perhaps the most dramatic moment in big league history. Carter drove in 102 runs in 1997, becoming only the ninth player in baseball history to reach 100 RBI in ten separate seasons. He moved to the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent the next year and was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Darin Blood in the middle of the season, retiring at year's end.

In 2,189 games, Joe hit .259/.306/.464 with 1,170 runs scored, 2,184 hits and 396 home runs. The most similar player to him, based on the similarity scores method, is Dale Murphy. He first became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2004 but received just 2.5% of the vote and was dropped from the ballot. In 2019 he came under consideration by the Veterans Committee for the first time, as part of the "Today's Era" group of candidates.

Carter was a broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs in 2000 and 2001. His brother, Fred, was a minor league outfielder for the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians from 1985 to 1988, and his nephew, Yusuf, was also a minor league outfielder.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 5-time AL All-Star (1991-1994 & 1996)
  • 2-time AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1991 & 1992)
  • 2-time League At-Bats Leader (1989/AL & 1990/NL)
  • AL RBI Leader (1986)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 12 (1986-1997)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1987, 1989, 1991-1993 & 1996)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 10 (1986-1987, 1989-1994, 1996 & 1997)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons 1 (1986)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1986)
  • Won two World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays (1992 & 1993)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Anthony castrovince: "Tribe, Blue Jays connected through Carter: Walk-off World Series hero for Toronto broke through in Cleveland",, October 12, 2016. [1]
  • Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Outfielder Joe Carter", Baseball Digest,February, 1990, p. 50. [2]

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